James D. Robertson, 89, of Cambridge, died Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17th at the Cambridge United Methodist Church. Rev. Rick McDaniel will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the church. A Masonic service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Cambridge United Methodist Church or the Cambridge Masonic Lodge. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge is assisting the family with arrangements.
James Dean Robertson was born December 9, 1927 in New Windsor, the son of Milem T. and Myrtle E. Golden Robertson. He was a 1945 graduate of Galva High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. His marriage to Lauretta J. Manthe took place on May 7, 1950 in Cambridge. She passed away on December 11, 1994. He married Margaret (Pearson) Manning January 20, 1996 in Cambridge. She died August 13, 2000.
He farmed south and east of Cambridge for 18 years and then worked at the Henry County Sheriff's Office for four years. When Cambridge started their ambulance service in 1975, he and Lauretta served as the first ambulance coordinators for three years. Jim drove a truck for Swanson Motor Service in Cambridge for two years before becoming the Police Chief for the Village of Cambridge, retiring in May of 1993. He was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau and Cambridge Lodge No.49, A.F.& A.M., where he was a Past Master. Jim was a life member of the Scottish Rite - Valley of Moline. He was also a member of the Quad City Police Chiefs and the Cambridge United Methodist Church, where he had served as a Sunday school teacher, chairman of the Administrative Council, and chairman of several other committees.
Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Cheryl Robertson, LeRoy, IL, a step daughter, Lori Palmer, Sandwich, IL, three grandchildren, Drue (Terry) Sponheim, Buffalo Prairie, Alex Robertson, Buffalo Prairie, Erin Meyers, Morton, and three great grandchildren, Marshall and Emery Sponheim, and Bentley Meyers. Other survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, LaVern and Carole Robertson, Cambridge, a sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and Rich Nystrom, Cambridge, and several nieces and nephews. His parents, his wives, Lauretta and Margaret, a brother, Milem Robertson, Jr., a sister Lina Mae Engstrom, and a half brother, Kenneth Osborne preceded him in death.