The Rev. Dr. David Wallace Robertson, born July 14, 1940 in Chippewa Falls, WI to G. Wallace and Irene (Wiesen) Robertson, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on September 25, 2013 at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI after a valiant battle with cancer. David graduated from Grand Haven High School (MI), The College of Wooster (OH) and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Yale University and his Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1994. He served as a Presbyterian minister for 42 years at churches in Newaygo, MI, Fourth Church Chicago, River Forest, IL and Battle Creek, MI and most recently at Orchard Lake Community Church-Presbyterian, where he was senior pastor for 14 years before retiring in 2010. David served as Moderator of Chicago Presbytery in 1981 and was also a leader in the Detroit Presbytery. He served on the board of countless community organizations and was, throughout his life, a friend and advocate for the least and the lost in the world completing many mission trips to Africa, Mexico, Korea and Japan. David was a gifted athlete and avid sports fan who played football in high school and college, ran daily in his adult years and was never happier than on a golf course, a passion he shared with both his father and his sons. He was a person of deep and abiding personal faith and faced his health struggles and the end of life with grace and calm assurance. David is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Peterson Robertson, his children James Robertson (Amy), Andrew Robertson (Cari), Sarah Nadeau (Tim) and his beloved grandchildren Drew, Luke, Ian, Tony, Keely and Tyler Robertson and his namesake David Paul Nadeau, born in 2013. He is also survived by his brother Richard Robertson (Pat) and his sisters Ann Orwin and Mary Liz Robertson.
A memorial service will be held at Orchard Lake Community Church on Sunday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m., with visitation both before and after the service. Scattering of cremains will take place at a later date at David and Mary's treasured vacation spot, Robertson Point, in the Upper Peninsula. Arrangements are being handled by the Union Lake chapel of Elton Black and Son where remembrances of David may be shared at EltonBlackandSonWhiteLake.com.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Orchard Lake Church, 5171 Commerce Rd., Orchard Lake Village, MI, 48324, with notation to the Robertson Memorial Fund.