E. J. “Bob” Robertson
EJ “Bob” Robertson, a courageous and dedicated patriot, died Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Morningside Place (Cypress Springs) in Overland Park, Kansas surrounded by friends and family. He was 90 years old.
Born September 4, 1925 in Purmela, Coryell County, Texas, he was raised by his father James Alexander Robertson and the extended family after having lost his mother Eldie Estell (Chitwood) Robertson at an early age. Despite the loss of his mother, EJ had a fairly typical upbringing characteristic of the agricultural area around Purmela and the challenging period of The Great Depression. The peaceful period of his youth was replaced by a call to defend his nation with the emergence of World War II.
EJ served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Brooklyn and also the Everett F. Larson. He completed his active duty at the end of the war, December 1945 holding the rank of Boatswain’s Mate. EJ fought in many major naval battles including The Battles of North Africa and Sicily. In the Pacific campaign he was witness to the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Harbor. His experiences are recorded in the national archives in Fredericksburg, Texas at the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War.
After the end of World War II, EJ married Jeannie Mary Brittain (1925-2002). Married for over 50 years they had a family and a full life together. EJ attended the University of Oregon where he graduated with a degree in Business and Accounting while supporting his family as a night detective for the Lane County Sherriff’s department. Shortly after graduation in 1960, EJ completed his CPA with maximum test scores also in 1960. The combination of law enforcement skills and accounting capability qualified him for the FBI. He was selected to become a special agent and after a preliminary assignment in Phoenix, was assigned to the Kansas City office. After three years of service, always supported by Jeannie Mary Robertson his wife, he became an ex-agent and turned his career toward banking. EJ was part of the Kansas City banking community including employers such as UMB Bancshares and Goppert Bank.
A clear demonstration of his innovative business approach, he became an entrepreneur by entering into a partnership at a church furniture manufacturing company located in Garnett, Kansas.
Bob and his wife Jeannie Mary are survived by four children, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Bob gave his love to his family freely and his entire family could only try to return that love in the greatness it was given