Obituary: Harold J. Robertson, 93, of Hannibal

Harold Robertson
Posted: Mar. 15, 2019 4:08 pm

Harold J. Robertson, 93, of Hannibal, passed away at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at Willow Care Center in Hannibal.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel. Dr. Woodrow Burt will officiate. Burial with full military honors provided by the Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 will be at the Grand View Burial Park.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Harold was born on Jan. 15, 1926, in Hannibal, the son of Samuel and Beatrice (Ravenscraft) Robertson.

He was united in marriage to Laura Knopp on May 30, 1948, at the First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Robertson of the home; sister, Josephine White of Quincy, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Robertson was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Miller and Bernice Cunningham; four brothers, Lloyd Robertson, Paul Robertson, Jesse Robertson and Samuel Robertson.

Harold graduated from Hannibal High School in January of 1944 and in March of 1944, joined the U.S. Army Air Corp and was stationed in Texas before going overseas to the Philippines and Japan. When World War II ended, he was honorably discharged in May of 1946. Harold was a grateful recipient of the GI Bill of Rights and went on to further his education at Hannibal-LaGrange College and later transferred to Chicago Technical College in Chicago, Ill., and earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Architectural and Structural Engineering. Later in life while living and working in St. Louis, Harold attended Washington University along with St. Louis University to keep his knowledge in the engineering field up with the newest innovations.

Harold worked as an Architectural and Structural Engineer for Fallstaff Brewing Company, Monsanto, and Bank Building and Equipment before his retirement in the 1990s.

Away from work, Harold could be found gardening and fishing in the summer. Harold was known for growing some of the best tomatoes, green peppers and bushels of green beans around. During the winter months, Harold enjoyed woodworking in his garage, building fine furniture and other household items. Harold and Laura enjoyed traveling; they had visited all 50 states except North Dakota and had traveled overseas to several destinations, including Europe, Africa and Morocco. One of their favorite destinations was the Panama Canal.

Mr. Robertson attended the First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Hannibal or donor’s choice, in care of the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Online condolences may be made to the family on Harold’s memorial page at




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