Samuel Hagan Robertson, 95, formerly of Owensboro passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Greenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bowling Green. Born in McLean County to the late Stirman and Anna Lee Robertson, Mr. Robertson was a graduate of Calhoun High School and Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Mr. Robertson was a veteran of World War II having served in the 101st Airborne Division, and was one of only two survivors when the glider he was in crash landed in France at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont on D-Day. For his service in World War II Mr. Robertson was awarded the Distinguished Unit Badge, the Meritorious Unit Award, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with five bronze service stars, the Airborne Glider Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the Purple Heart, and was recently awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal after having been nominated for the honor by the President of the French Republic.
Mr. Robertson worked for General Electric in Owensboro designing and repairing machines until his retirement from that job in 1982 at the age of 60. While working for General Electric Mr. Robertson began teaching electronics classes at night to students at Owensboro Vocational School in 1965. Mr. Robertson continued to teach electronics for 43 years until he retired from Owensboro Community and Technical College in 2008 at the age of 86 as one of the oldest instructors in the state of Kentucky.
Mr. Robertson was preceded in death by his wife, Dalcie Robertson, his parents, and his sister, Clara Fee.
He is survived by his five children and their spouses, Don Robertson and his wife Kelly of Bowling Green, Dot Conklin and her husband Keith of Owensboro, Gil Robertson and his wife Patty of Southbridge, Virginia, Bobbie Oates and her husband Bill of Groesbeck, Texas, and Becky Warren and her husband Stuart of Bowling Green, ten grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Lee Robertson and his wife Joyce of Bowling Green, three nephews, a niece and their families.
The funeral service will be officiated by Mike Tanaro of Greenwood Park Church of Christ on Monday, February 27 at noon in the chapel of Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory in Owensboro. Visitation will begin 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Rosehill Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.
Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.glennfuneralhome.com.