Robert Donald Robertson, 46, of Pierce City, was found deceased on Aug. 4, 2009.
He was born May 14, 1963, in Tulsa, Okla., to Curtis Dale Robertson, deceased, and Rosalee Joyce (Givens) Brooks, who survives, as does his Dad, Robert DelMonte "Bob" Brooks, who has been his "Dad" since Robert was two.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He graduated from Ogden H.S., Ogden, UT. As a teen he reconstructed a historic cabin, by number, and trail shelters for the Ogden Nature Center. After an honorable discharge from the U.S.M.C., he and his mare, Sunraised Biscuit, helped clear and drag large trees down from the mountain to build a log house in St. Maries, ID. He worked steel construction, walking the high beams, for many years in UT, ID, OK and MO. He was on the crew that built the first monster fish tank at Bass Pro in Springfield, MO, before it was W.O.W. He made Wells Fargo Trailers. He worked as a mover. He was a certified heavy equipment operator. He used his carpentry skills to restore the historic Dry Valley School House. He was employed at 4 States Grease, Sarcoxie, MO.
He lived in the Dry Valley area of Pierce City/Wentworth, where he was locally known as a horse whisperer or dog whisperer. "There was something in the city that he said he couldn't breathe." He preferred animals over people but he never passed up anyone or anything in need. All his friends said he was a most loyal and best all around guy and will be sorely missed.
He started getting beautiful mules from his mare. Thus his nickname became Skinner. He took care of his animals before he did himself. His 30-year-old mare "Biscuit," his latest mule Razzmatazz "Razzie" and his dogs, Petey and Baby Girl will be lost. We believe he is now reunited with his beloved wolf dogs Silver and Bear Bear who both passed of old age and his loyal Staffordshire, Buckeye.
Besides his parents he was survived by a brother, David DelMonte Brooks, Monett, MO; two sisters, Christine Mae Waibel, Monett, Cathleen Irene and Reed Pittman, Springfield; Uncles Dan R. and Fran Givens, Springfield, James P. Brooks, Allen P. and Paula Brooks, Ogden UT, Aunt Norma Mae and Bill Cornall, Queen City, AZ; four nephews, Vince, Robert, Joseph and Sebastian Waibel and niece Taylor Marie Pittman and step-niece Jennifer (Waibel) Thrift; grand-uncle Robert Donald and Glenda Sebastian; and grand aunt Martha Sebastian. On the Robertson side, Uncle Wayne Robertson, deceased. Survived by aunts Alicia Trexler and Georgia "Jody" Hutton; Uncle David Robertson, all of Fort Scott, KS; also numerous cousins and untold numbers of friends in many states.
We want to thank everyone for their prayers and heartfelt and generous outpouring of love and support. Memorial servcies will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett, MO.