Richard Taylor Robertson was born April 28, 1947 to Richard T. Robertson and Wynette Burks Robertson in Neosho, Missouri. He passed away on July 16, 2019 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri. He grew up in Neosho, attended SMS in Springfield for his bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Later he earned a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling at SMS. He taught school at Dora, Missouri from fall of 1974 to spring 1976 and at West Plains High School from 1976 to 2006. He was married on December 28, 1976 to Jan Tillman in West Plains. Rich and Jan raised two sons, Taylor and Isaac.
Rich is survived by his wife, two sons, and their special friends Sara Griffith and Emma Haymaker. He is also survived by one sister, Rosa Barton, sister-in-law, Loraine Tillman, sister-in-law Cathy Gregory (spouse Ed), a nephew C W Tillman, a niece Amanda Beedle, and several close cousins.
He loved challenging students to think and teaching students how to fall in love with learning. His curiosity towards learning inspired numerous kids throughout his years teaching. In his off time, he was an aspiring meteorologist, an avid camper and loved floating Missouri streams in particular the Bryant. In retirement, he grew to love quilting and gifted family and friends with his unique quilts.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to either OMC Cancer Center or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. A casual gathering of friends and family will be held on Saturday, July 27th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Buck Park on BB Hwy to celebrate and remember his life. Food and drinks will be available.