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James O. Robertson

Morton, Illinois

September 5, 1937 - May 14, 2024

James O. Robertson Obituary

MORTON - James O. “Jim” or “Robbie” Robertson, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 14, 2024, in his beloved hometown of Morton at Apostolic Christian Restmor.

The eldest of 3 sons, he was born on September 5, 1937, in Cane Valley, Kentucky, to Delaney and Cecil (Stone) Robertson. The family eventually moved to East Peoria, Illinois, where Jim graduated from East Peoria High School. While in high school, he played basketball and discovered a propensity for running track, setting multiple school records. It was also during high school, that he discovered the love of his life, Joyce Metz, also from East Peoria. The two were wed on August 31, 1958, and happily made their home in Morton, Illinois. They were blessed with 3 children, Michael, Sue, and Gary.

After graduation, Jim enlisted in the Navy, where he discovered a love of photography while documenting and developing the film of his military experiences in Taiwan.

Jim worked for CILCO for 32 years, retiring in 1985 from the gas department. He was involved with CILCO Vets and enjoyed being on the committee for the annual fish fries.

Jim was raised on St. Louis Cardinals baseball and he quickly grew into a very proud and avid fan. He delighted in sharing his love for the team with his own children and grandchildren and would eagerly anticipate the next family trip to cheer them on in person at Busch Stadium. He played his part in the “Cardinals vs Cubs rivalry” well in that he was never hesitant to voice his playful disapproval of anyone proclaiming their loyalties to the Chicago Cubs.

Jim was known for his quick-witted humor and fun-loving personality. He loved to joke and lovingly tease, especially his 5 grandchildren who all loved him dearly for it. He was a proud grandpa who loved to support his grandchildren in sports, speech tournaments, dance recitals, theater, and vocal/band concerts.

As annual “snowbirds”, he and Joyce were known to leave the warmth of Florida early to brave the cold, mid-west winter so as not to miss an activity one of the grandkids happened to be participating in.

He adored time spent with his family, and leaves behind a lasting legacy of cherished memories laced with unbridled laughter and joy.

Surviving are his children, Michael (Theresa) Robertson of Quasqueton, Iowa and Sue (Pieter) Stoutenborough of Morton; five grandchildren, Shannon (Sam) Taylor, Austin (Kristen) Stoutenborough, Alyssa (Nicholas) Ciesielski, Gabriel (Bethany) Robertson, and Shelbi (Christopher) Kauer; and nine great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by Joyce, his wife of 57 years, when she passed away on January 31, 2016; his son, Gary, and two brothers.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Roberts Cemetery in Morton, where full military rites will be conducted.

Memorials may be made to Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling the arrangements.

To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.knappjohnson.com.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of James O. Robertson hosted by Knapp Johnson Funeral Home.

MORTON - James O. “Jim” or “Robbie” Robertson, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 14, 2024, in his beloved hometown of Morton at Apostolic Christian Restmor.

The eldest of 3 sons, he was born on September 5, 1937, in Cane Valley, Kentucky, to Delaney and Cecil (Stone) Robertson. The family eventually moved to East Peoria, Illinois, where Jim graduated from East Peoria High School. While in high school, he played basketball and discovered a propensity for running track, setting multiple school records. It was also during high school, that he discovered the love of his life, Joyce Metz, also from East Peoria. The two were wed on August 31, 1958, and happily made their home in Morton, Illinois. They were blessed with 3 children, Michael, Sue, and Gary.

After graduation, Jim enlisted in the Navy, where he discovered a love of photography while documenting and developing the film of his military experiences in Taiwan.

Jim worked for CILCO for 32 years, retiring in 1985 from the gas department. He was involved with CILCO Vets and enjoyed being on the committee for the annual fish fries.

Jim was raised on St. Louis Cardinals baseball and he quickly grew into a very proud and avid fan. He delighted in sharing his love for the team with his own children and grandchildren and would eagerly anticipate the next family trip to cheer them on in person at Busch Stadium. He played his part in the “Cardinals vs Cubs rivalry” well in that he was never hesitant to voice his playful disapproval of anyone proclaiming their loyalties to the Chicago Cubs.

Jim was known for his quick-witted humor and fun-loving personality. He loved to joke and lovingly tease, especially his 5 grandchildren who all loved him dearly for it. He was a proud grandpa who loved to support his grandchildren in sports, speech tournaments, dance recitals, theater, and vocal/band concerts.

As annual “snowbirds”, he and Joyce were known to leave the warmth of Florida early to brave the cold, mid-west winter so as not to miss an activity one of the grandkids happened to be participating in.

He adored time spent with his family, and leaves behind a lasting legacy of cherished memories laced with unbridled laughter and joy.

Surviving are his children, Michael (Theresa) Robertson of Quasqueton, Iowa and Sue (Pieter) Stoutenborough of Morton; five grandchildren, Shannon (Sam) Taylor, Austin (Kristen) Stoutenborough, Alyssa (Nicholas) Ciesielski, Gabriel (Bethany) Robertson, and Shelbi (Christopher) Kauer; and nine great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by Joyce, his wife of 57 years, when she passed away on January 31, 2016; his son, Gary, and two brothers.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Roberts Cemetery in Morton, where full military rites will be conducted.

Memorials may be made to Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling the arrangements.

To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.knappjohnson.com.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of James O. Robertson hosted by Knapp Johnson Funeral Home.

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