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     Darrell Dean Robertson, 76, of Lamar, Missouri went to be with the Lord October 14, 2010.  In his many years of battling cancer, he encouraged and inspired others with his courage and faith.


     Darrell was born February 4, 1934 to Luther and Norma (Cates) Robertson in Douglas County, Missouri.  The family moved from Ava to Lamar, Missouri in 1947.  Darrell graduated from Lamar High School in 1952 and the University of Missouri in Columbia with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1956.


     Darrell met Barbara in Dallas, Texas.  They married on June 8, 1957 in Lamar, Missouri and immediately left for Ft. Lewis, Washington where Darrell was to start active duty with the U.S. Army.  In 1959, they returned to Lamar, making their home, starting their business and raising their family.  They enjoyed many years in the dairy business and enjoyed fellowship with customers through the Dairy Store in Lamar.  Years later, people shared with them their favorite ice cream flavor and wished they could have it again.  What a pleasure that gave to Darrell and Barbara!


     Darrell loved to travel with Barbara in their R.V.  He found people and world events so interesting.  They traveled coast to coast, Mexico, Canada and through Alaska.  Darrell would run into people he knew through his travels with the Holstein Association.


     His coffee group was a must!  It allowed him to keep up with the local events of the day and see friends.  Next to his family and church, he loved Lamar and its people.  He wanted to see it prosper.


     Darrell was devoted to his family.  Survivors are his wife Barbara of 53 years of the home; their son, Douglas Robertson and wife Stevi of Lamar, MO; son David Robertson and wife Diane of Springfield, Virginia.


    Grandchildren;  Brian Norwood and his wife Jill, Sami Jo Robertson, Dylon Robertson, Emily Robertson, Daniel Robertson and Drew Robertson.  Great-grandchildren: Lauren and Payton Norwood.


     Three brothers and their wives;  Delano and Kay Robertson of Columbia, MO, Dennis and Liz Robertson of Conroe, Texas, Dale and Connie Robertson of Lamar, MO.  One sister:  Glenda Harris and husband Jim of Alamogordo, New Mexico.  In-laws are Bob and Noraleen Trout, Kathleen Horton, Earl and Dennie Williams.  In addition, Darrell has a large extended family and a host of friends   He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Norma Robertson.


     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 17th at First Baptist Church of Lamar.  A Masonic service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 16th at Daniel Funeral Home where visitation will follow from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.  Burial with full military honors will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Disabled American Veterans - Joplin or First Baptist Church Building Fund in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


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#18 Gulfport, MSHeidi Trout 2010-11-01 06:25
Dear Aunt Barbara,
I am so glad that I made it up there to get to see Uncle Darrell before his calling to the Lord. I miss him so much, I looked forward to his emails, and posts on facebook. It was so cool to me, that he was so "up with the times" :-) Uncle Darrell was a great man, and I miss him!
Love you,
Heidi Trout
#17 Dorris Mayfield 2010-10-26 12:38
My Dear Barbara and Families,
I am very sadden to hear of Darrel's death. He was so kind and helpful and I shall miss him. May he soar with Angels! Always Dorris
#16 Lamar, MoCyndy Rader Johnson 2010-10-26 10:15
Dear Barbara,

I grew up just down the road from Darrell and the Robertson Dairy Farm. I will always remember getting fresh milk in those gallon jugs(he would leave it beside our mailbox). I would use the lids to make my Barbie Doll Hats. I was scared of Darrell as a child, with that big voice, but as an adult grew to love and appreciate all that he did for our community. He always called me by name when ever we would meet. He will be missed.
My Sympathy to you and your family, Cyndy Johnson
#15 Salt Lake City, UTCathy Franklin Barnett 2010-10-22 08:48
I was so very sorry to learn of your loss. My sincere sympathy is sent to you and also our prayers. The loss of loved ones is something we never get over but learn to live with.
#14 Chesterfield, MODave Drennan 2010-10-18 09:24
On behalf of the Missouri Dairy Association board of directors, we epress our heartfeld sympathies to the family on Darrell's passing.

He was so passoniate about the dairy industry and a great supporter that he will be missed by many.

Also thanks for his service to our country from all of us who live and enjoy our freedom every day.
#13 Lamar, MOLee Roy and Anna Voorhees 2010-10-18 08:39
We want to send our deepest sympathy to the family. Please take some comfort to know that he is now walking with Jesus and seeing him face to face.
In Christ,
Lee Roy and Anna Voorhees
#12 Carthage MOBob Kaulbach, Sr Vice Commande 2010-10-16 06:51
Darrel will be missed by his comrades in Chapter 52 of the DAV. Our sincerest condolences to his wife and family. Darrel was an asset to our organization and was an inspiration to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, his family and friends.
#11 Alamgordo NMBob and Kitty White 2010-10-16 05:35
We are keeping your family in our prayers and know it was a blessing that Jim and Glenda were home.
#10 West Plains, MORichard Bowles 2010-10-16 04:16
The big, gruff, rangey-eyebrowed guy didn't scare our young children for long. Judy coaxed them into his open arms at first, but within minutes they were bouncing on him like a trampoline. Even diving at him from a nearby chair. He loved it. A rare authentic person. What a blessing to have known.
#9 Joplin, MO.Steve Cates 2010-10-15 10:34
I am so sorry for your loss. I know it is hard to lose a loved one, and it is something you never completely recover from, but please remember that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. God bless.

Steve Cates

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