Obituary of Keith Robertson (1927 – 2021) – Rexburg, ID


Our father, grandfather and beloved friend Keith Orville Joseph Robertson passed away on December 30, 2021 while residing at the Homestead in St. Anthony, Idaho.

Keith was brought into the world by his aunt Nettie in the family home on January 6, 1927 in Orville Joseph Robertson and Sarah Hendricks Robertson on the family farm in Plano, Idaho. A perfect place for a boy to raise.

Keith helped his father with cattle and sheep farming as well as raising potatoes, hay and grain while he attended classes at the old Edmonds school. When he was not busy farming, he would go with his friends to Riverside to dance, to the skating rinks and to the movies in Rigby where he met the love of his life Carol Dee Riley of Rigby, Idaho.

Keith and Carol were married on June 28, 1950 in the Idaho Falls Temple. Keith and his wife moved into the Robertson House in Plano and managed the operation of the farm and ranch. They were later blessed with four children, Garth Keith, Peggy Ann, Max Lynn and Suzanne. He held various positions in the church.

He was a farmer and rancher for 42 years raising cattle and hay in upper Sand Creek in Fremont County, Idaho. Keith was director of the Fremont Madison Cattlemen’s Association and director of the Independent Canal Company.

After retiring from farming he helped Carol with the business they owned for several years, Robertson Custom Drapes and drove for public transport for 11 years, which he enjoyed very much. Children adored him and often brought him gifts.

Keith loved railroad history and always kept up to date with railroad news. He kept a large album of all the newspaper articles on the railroad. When they had time, they traveled to Canada, all the southern states and Mexico where they loaded their fifth wheel trailer onto the train and traveled to the depths of Mexico. They have also traveled along the Pacific coast, fished in the ocean, and brought their saltwater fish home to share with family and friends.

Keith was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He knew his priority was his beautiful wife, Carol. He was Carol’s sole caregiver until her death. Keith then spent almost every weekend with the family going for walks, mountain biking in the mountains, and hitting the Jackpot. He was still talking about the good old days.

Keith is survived by his children Peggy Ann Miller, Max Lynne Robertson, Suzanne (Myron Baker) and 13 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

Keith is predeceased by his parents, wife, son, 2 grandchildren, 4 sisters and a brother.

Private family services have taken place.

The family would like to thank the St. Anthony Homestead Assisted Living and the Homestead Hospice for the kind, loving and gentle care they have received.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked you to consider donating to Primary Children’s Hospital.

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Published by Rexburg Standard Journal January 4-5, 2022.


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