Shirley Oneal Robertson passed away on Sunday morning July 14, 1985 in
Aloha, Oregon following an extended illness.
S. O. ROBERTSON was born January 18, 1919 in Louisville, Mississippi, the
son of the late George Robertson and Viry Miles Robertson. He was raised and
received his education in Louisville. Upon completing his education he joined
the C.C.C. with his brother Raymond and came to Oregon working until the
beginning of World War II. He then joined the Merchant Marines, and served
until the end of World War II.
After the war he returned to Mississippi where he lived before moving to
Texas City, Texas. While living in Texas City he worked as a cook in a small
restaurant. While working there he met his wife, Betty Jean Springs. They were
united in marriage on June 6, 1946 at Texas City. Following their marriage they
moved to the northwest, settling in Vernonia, Oregon where Mr. Robertson worked
for the Nebalem Valley Freight Company. They later moved to Clatskanie, where
they lived for a short time before returning to
Vernonia and Mr. Robertson went to work for the Oregon American Lumber Camp
at Camp Olson, working as a cook. They later moved to Oakridge, and he went to
work for the Hines Lumber Mill in Westfir.
They moved from Oakridge to Lakeview and operated the Indian Village there.
They then moved to Reno, Nevada where they lived before moving to Eagle Point,
Oregon. While living in Eagle Point they owned and operated a ranch. They later
moved to Klamath Falls, where they owned and operated the Willard Hotel.
Then in 1972 he went to work on the Alyeska Oil Pipeline as a camp cook in
Alaska. Mr. Robertson retired in 1985, at the age of 66 years old, following an
illness with cancer.
Among his special interests he had a love for the outdoors, especially
enjoying hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean on July 4, 1985 in Klamath
Falls, Oregon. He is survived by one son, Delmar Robertson, of Aloha, Oregon
and one daughter, Sandra Windham, of Klamath Falls, Oregon; one brother, Cleve
Robertson, of Vernonia, Oregon; and five sisters, Virgie Rae Strom, of
Portland, Oregon; Esther Ruth, of Longview, Washington; Tharis King, of
Lewiston, Idaho; Mary R. Pratt, of Molalla, Oregon; and Virginia McMahon, of
Also surviving are six grandchildren, Wendy and Louie Windham, both of
Klamath Falls, Oregon; and George, Jimmy, Chris, and Danny Robertson, all of
Thanks to Chas Robertson for providing this obituary.