Ronald Robertson

Former Sweet Home resident Ronald William Robertson, 77, of Dallas died June 6, 2010 in Dallas.

He was born Nov. 9, 1932 in Williston, N.D. to Venice John and Ruby (Rathbun) Robertson.

He moved to Deer Lodge, Mont., as a young child, and attended Deer Lodge schools, graduating from Powell County High School.

Mr. Robertson served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Infantry 1950-1953. He was a Korean War Veteran and was honorably discharged after sustaining a major injury to his right arm from mortar fire. He received the Purple Heart and was medically retired.

Although doctors told him he would lose the reattached arm, he continued to perform his own physical therapy for an additional three years and with his grit, determination and numerous surgeries, he was able to keep use of his arm.

He met the love of his life, Darlene Kimmerly, while living in Deer Lodge and they later married in 1964. They lived in numerous cities in Montana and finally settled back in Deer Lodge in 1968 to raise their five children.

After their children were grown, they moved to Sweet Home in 1992 so Mr. Robertson wouldn’t have to shovel any more snow. Shortly after moving to Oregon, Mrs. Robertson died, after 30 years of marriage.

After being discharged from the Army, Mr. Robertson worked at numerous jobs including Montana State Prison, The Anaconda Copper Company and logging for numerous logging companies in Southwest Montana. He was an avid member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He loved the outdoors €“ camping, fishing and hunting with his family. He also was a very gifted painter. He painted everything from beautiful oil paintings of old homesteads, to capture all of Montana’s history, to painting houses and buildings as a part time job. He also painted the “P” on the water tower in Deer Lodge for the graduating class of 1988.

Mr. Robertson is survived by his children: Evelyn Thompson of Jefferson; Ron Robertson Jr. of Dallas; Wendy and son-in-law Dwayne Shield of Walla Walla, Wash., Russ and daughter-in-law Missy Robertson of Butte, Mont., and Kimberly and son-in-law Ryan Price of Helena, Mont.; brother LeRoy Robertson of Oregon City; sister Rose and brother-in-law Reno Puccinelli of Anaconda, Mont.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Robertson, on March 31, 1994.

A memorial service was held July 6 at First Christian Church in Deer Lodge, with burial with military honors at the Mountain View Cemetery in Deer Lodge.

Memorial contributions can be made to Disabled American Veterans, Montana Police Protective Association or an organization for the youth of your community.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

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