Raymond Virgil Robertson departed this world from complications due to exposure to Agent Orange surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday June, June 11, 2017, at the age of 74 years and 5 days. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Father’s day Sunday at First Baptist Church in Cairo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 19 at First Baptist Church in Cairo. Pastor Jack Boling will officiate. Ray’s family request that guests come as you are and casual dress is encouraged. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Cairo with military honors rendered by the U.S. Army Honor Guard and the United Veterans Honor Guard. Ray, son of Lemuel Paul “Shorty” and Dottie Opal (Henley) Robertson was born June 6, 1943 in Hutchinson, Kan. On Aug. 21, 1970, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Joyce Reynolds, at the Cairo Methodist Church after knowing her less than three days. Ray and Marilyn had three children, Terry Edward, Tony Ray, and Tonya Jo. In their 46 years of marriage, Ray and Marilyn were inseparable and the archetype of a perfect marriage. They did everything together, from the child rearing to their bustling car business. Ray was proud to have served his country in the United States Army. From 1964 to 1966 Ray served with honors in Vietnam, in the 1st Infantry Division, or “The Big Red One.” Ray also served alongside four of his brothers in Vietnam, a strain on Dottie and Shorty that can hardly be comprehended. Ray, or “R.V.” as he was known, was a unique man, a uniquely devoted family man full of character, principle, dedication. He was a shining light of energy that glowed like a beacon in any room. Ray was a gifted mechanic, car dealer, watchmaker, musician, and about anything else he touched. His sense of humor was legendary, as was his devotion to friends and family. The countless customers, foster children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends that called Ray a guiding force in their life would be difficult to estimate. Ray took care of everybody. Anybody Ray met, he became a big part of their lives. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents along with five brothers and two sisters. Raymond is survived by his devoted wife Marilyn, of Cairo, Neb.; and three children, Terry and Barb Robertson, Tony Robertson, Tonya Robertson, all of Cairo, Neb.; five brothers, Leonard Grant Robertson and wife Sharon, of Ozark, Mo., Claude Robertson and wife Sherry, Gary Robertson and wife Regina, Henry Robertson and wife Dalene, Glen Dale Robertson and wife Teresa, all of Ava, Mo.; three sisters Peggy Trent of Springfield, Missouri, Candy Lane and husband Kenneth of Fordland, Missouri, Dede and Bill Arington of Ozark, Missouri; as well as dozens of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and foster children. Memorials in his honor are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.
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