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William "Rex" Robertson

September 16, 2021

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William Rexford Robertson “Stub” as most called him was born March 20,1949 and passed away September 16, 2021.

Rex was the oldest son of Bill & Carol Robertson.  He grew up with his brothers Rod, Ralph, and Randy in Otis Valley Oregon on the Robertson Ranch where they kept their parents on their toes with all their “adventures”. He attended Drewsey Elementary as a child and Burns High School where he wrestled all four years. He went on to wrestle in college where he became a State Champ. He earned his degree in diesel mechanics and loved fixing things. He always said “Little tinkers make big tinkers”.
 
Rex ventured off the ranch to work for Bumblebee Tuna in Astoria, OR. but his heart was in Harney Co. The family purchased the Drinkwater Place in Drewsey where he raised his kids and taught them how to find his “deals & things”.  Dad always made us kids feel like a priority.  He never missed a game or special event. He may have been late, but he never missed it. He would say being late was just part of the Robertson blessed speed. The best punishment Rex had for his kids was making them go to every parts store in town and sit while he talked to everyone.

He was the “Rock” of the Drewsey community where he served on many boards including the Drewsey Cemetery and Crane budget boards. He served on the Drewsey School Board for 30 plus years where he finally stepped down to only start serving again the next year.  There was nothing Rex couldn’t fix but everyone knew you had to call and get on the list early to get your place in line.  No matter where you were on his list, you were never forgotten.  The Gouge Eye band and his love of music with his church family brought him so much joy.  His door was always open and coffee was on for anyone who stopped by.  Rex did not know a stranger and had a special ability to make everyone feel like a friend.
 

Rex never met a kid he wouldn’t claim but none he loved more than his grandkids. The years of “Papa Rex time” were spent fishing, hunting, building things like go carts, watching rodeo and sports events, countless birthday parties and endless quality time.  He had nicknames like Tumbleweed, Katester, Who’s-it, B-girl, Poindexter, and Mini Mountain Man for all his grandkids. Regardless of the activity, grandkids took priority. If you wanted to catch up on what was happening at the ranch, all you had to do was look through the Bowl of Fame on the coffee table.
 
He found his life partner “Georgie Girl” that he would spend the rest of his years with and share a love that was genuine and selfless.  They enjoyed doing projects together, however, most projects ended with him saying “keep your hands in your pockets and stand back”.  

Rex loved being a rancher and the value of hard work and pride in building something that would continue for generations to come. The legacy of the ranch he built will continue through his son Joe and his boys. 
 

Rex is survived by his beloved Georgie Girl, children William “Bill” Robertson, Lauri (Jay) Gottfried, Joe Robertson, and bonus kids Christy Fobi, Jerami Draper, Heidi (Rory) Caldwell. 16 grandkids, brothers, Rod (Deb) Robertson, Ralph (Debbie) Robertson, Randy (Lolly) Robertson, numerous nieces, nephews & friends.
 
He is preceded in death by father, Bill Robertson, mother, Carol Robertson, and daughter, Darcy Stewart. Due to the circumstances, the family has decided to wait to have a celebration of life at a later date.  Contributions in Rex's memory can be made to either the Drewsey Cemetery or the Drewsey Community Church.  The best thing about Stub’s life was that he lived every minute the way he wanted.

 

 

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