Robertson was called home to join his wife with our heavenly father On December
Melvin was the devoted Husband of Dorothy
Robertson for 63 years. Together they made a home and raised their children on
their farm in Kuna, Id.
born to Austin and Almeda Robertson
in Dallas, Oregon on January 4, 1927. His family moved to Pleasant Valley when
he was 7 to homestead 340 acres of desert land off of Kuna Mora road.
Melvin grew up learning how to work the land during
the depression and the beginning of World War II with his two siblings.
In May of
1945 he was inducted into the army at Ft. Douglas, Utah, shortly after
graduating from Kuna High School.
received training as a heavy artillery mechanic and was placed on a troop ship
for Hawaii. The ship arrived in Pearl Harbor just long enough to take on
supplies, before heading to the Marianas and the Island of Saipan. There he
joined the 410TH Ordnance MM CO. Like most of our service men, he spoke little
about this time in his life. The few memories he mentioned to the family were
of Battle ships blowing holes through the Japanese's gun emplacements big
enough to drive an Army truck through. The other was how he could sit on Saipan
and watch the B29 Bombers take off and land on Tinian. In November of 1946, Melvin
received an honorable discharge from the Army at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Soon after
his return home to Idaho, Melvin met the impending love of his life through his
sister’s husband. After a short courtship, Melvin and Dorothy were married
April 8, 1951 in Kuna, Idaho. They were blessed with two children; a daughter,
Sherry, and son, Wayne.
A motivated and
energetic man, Melvin did not stop at the love of the land and his devotion to family,
but also drove milk truck for Challenge Creamery in Meridian, worked at a grain
mill, and later took a job for the GSA at the Federal Building in Boise, Idaho,
until his retirement in 1992.
he took on a part time job with Ada County Weed and Pest on the Pest Crew where
he easily made many good friends. Melvin shared his love for travel with his
wife, visiting most of the mid-west and western states. They took cruises to
Hawaii and Alaska, trips to Yellowstone and the Dakotas, bringing their family
every chance they could. An avid outdoorsman, Melvin was a fine hunter and enjoyed
camping and teaching his granddaughters to fish around the Stanley area.
He took great pride in his English walnut
tree, cracking the nuts all winter long to give to the family. He could cook a
steak like no other with the beef that he raised, and was easy with a story on
hand, even if you’d heard it a few times before. Driving his 2001 Massy
Ferguson tractor to bale the hay and helping his son on the farm was among his
favorite past times, but his greatest joy was in the presence of his family.
Melvin was preceded
in death by his Father Austin T Robertson, his Mother Almeda May Robertson, and
his Wife of 63 years, Dorothy Robertson. He is survived by his Sister Willa
Vanderford (Caldwell, ID), His Brother Darrell Robertson and his wife Wanda
(Kuna, ID) His Daughter Sherry Kistner, Son Wayne Robertson (Kuna, ID)
Granddaughter Alyssa J Kistner Hartford, husband Noah Hartford,
Great Grandchildren Henry and Emma Hartford (Moscow, ID) and Granddaughter
Lauren T Kistner, husband Paul Day (Boise Id)
and many nieces and nephews that he loved and
service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 22, 2014 at the
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave., Boise.
A committal service with military honors will
follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.
A viewing will be held from 2:30 p.m. until
5:30 p.m., Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel