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George Thomas Robertson, 100 - June 30, 2015

George Thomas Robertson, 100, of North Platte passed away at Great Plains Health on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
Services were conducted on Friday, July 3, with Pastor Polly Deppen-Williams officiating.
Robertson was born Nov. 20, 1914, at Dickson, TN, to George C. and Esther (Thomas) Robertson, but the young family soon moved to a farm near his grandfather outside O’Neill. The farm had no electricity or running water. He attended a one-room grade school near O’Neill, went to high school in town and attended Hastings College.
In 1932, after one year in college, he returned home to teach school and help his father farm, riding his horse 4.5 miles to school and back each day. He quit farming in 1934, and he graduated from Hastings College in 1938 with a degree in history and math.
In 1939, George began working for the Farm Security Administration. The next year, at a dance, he met Marjorie Marie Morris, the woman with whom he would spend the next 72 years. They married on March 20, 1942, and would raise three daughters.
After spending the early years of their marriage in Omaha and North Platte, he bought a car dealership in Benkelman. In 1969, after 20 years in Benkelman, the family moved to North Platte. George worked for Gateway Realty in North Platte for 10 years before retiring. By then, he and Marjorie had sent all three of their daughters to college.
Robertson and his wife bought an Airstream trailer and over the next years would travel 80,000 miles in the United States, Canada and Mexico with the trailer, often taking their grandchildren along, making friends wherever they would go. They also vacationed in the Caribbean and Hawaii, and traveled across Europe in a VW camper, brought it back to the U.S., and drove it in Alaska.
He and his wife were avid bridge players, and George was known to play a hand of poker once in a while, too. He bought his first computer at age 80. He celebrated his 100th birthday at Linden Estates, where he lived after Marjorie died in 2010.
?The couple were active in the Presbyterian Church in North Platte where George was an Elder. He was an active member of Rotary for many years, the Tehama Shrine Temple, and the Masonic Lodge No. 32 AF&AM. He was also a Master Mason for 70 years.
?His family and his many friends will remember him for his quick smile, straightforward honesty, generosity, sharp mind and great, good humor, the family said. He and his wife donated funds to their church, Rotary, the Masons, Mid-Plains Community College building project for health education and more, and established scholarships at Hastings College and the UNL teacher’s college. One of George’s last requests was to have his daughter write a check on his account to make a donation he had in mind.
Robertson was preceded in death by: his parents; his sister, Doris (Dick) Orth; and his wife, Marjorie.
Survivors include: his daughters—Barbara Robertson (James Deen) of Mill Valley, CA, Joan (Steve) Windrum of Gothenburg, and Betty Robertson of Cincinnati; his grandchildren—Roman Windrum of Omaha, and Carmen (Mike) Ackerman of Gothenburg; and great-grandchildren—Hudson and Campbell Windrum and Amaya, Arissa and Ian Ackerman; many nieces and nephews and cousins; his special friend, Irene Kihlthau, and many more friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the George T. and Marjorie M. Robertson Fund at Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation for the benefit of the Goodfellow Shoe Fund, the Presbyterian Church, or in George T. Robertson’s memory to the donor’s choice. Cards can be sent to the family in care of Joan Windrum, P.O. Box 3, Gothenburg, NE 69138.