Archive for Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Roy B. “Coach” Robertson

March 8, 2000

Services for Roy B. "Coach" Robertson were March 4, 2000, at the Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Derby. He died March 1, 2000 at Stoneybrooke Retirement Center, Manhattan.

Mr. Robertson was born Sept. 9, 1919, on a farm outside of Pretty Prairie. He attended Pretty Prairie High School, and graduated from McPherson College and received a master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He served in the Army during World War II as supervisor of the cryptology section. He taught and coached football at Attica High School, Springfield, Mo., Colorado College and Valley Center High School. He also was the principal of Derby High School for many years. In addition he was the owner and manager of Wilson Lake, Inc., for over 30 years and served as vice-president for Southwestern College in Winfield. He was a Mason, a member of the board of Youthville in Newton and ran a cattle ranch in Howard. He was an active member of the Derby Arts Council Board and instrumental in the construction of the Derby Recreation Center.

On Aug. 3, 1941 he married Mildred (Mickie) Hay. She survives at Stoneybrooke Retirement Center.

Other survivors include three daughters; Sheryl Cleverley, Baldwin City, Lynne Ross, Manhattan and Rebecca Gabriel, Overland Park; and five grandchildren.

A sister, Lucille Myers, and brothers, George Robertson and Ray Robertson preceded him in death.

Memorials have been established with the Woodlawn United Methodist Church Youth Organization and with the Derby Recreation Center.

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