Jesse L. Robertson

October 31, 1930 ‒ May 19, 2019

Sparta, Ohio

Jesse Lee Robertson, also known as “Jack” to many, age 88, of Sparta, died peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Riverside Methodist Hospital with his loving family by his side following a brief illness.

On October 31, 1930, Jesse was born in South Bloomfield Twp. of Morrow County, Ohio, the son of the late Charles “Mitchell” Robertson and Golda Nevada Robertson Boyd.

Growing up in Sparta, Jesse met his sweetheart, Barbara Jean Kirtley, at a school basketball game in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  Shortly thereafter they were married, sharing many wonderful years together and lovingly raising one son, Jack D. Robertson.  They especially enjoyed wintering in Gainesville, Florida, for over thirty years.

A proud veteran, Jesse served in the U.S. Navy as a cook during the Korean War.  He was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Upon his honorable discharge, Jesse returned home to Sparta, Ohio, and he worked at Pittsburgh Paint and Glass (PPG).  After his official retirement from PPG, he worked as a grounds keeper at Pine Lakes Golf Course.

Jesse’s favorite place in the world was his home.  He lived most of his life on the beautiful land he was raised on, his father’s homestead.  He too dedicated his life to keeping the property and pond looking pristine.

An avid golfer, Jesse enjoyed golfing every chance he could with his wife and son.  He also loved being outside mowing and fishing.  He had a deep appreciation for nature, always teaching his granddaughters about the birds and tree species they found during their long walks out on country roads or through the trails at the local park.  He loved watching sports with his son, Jack, playing cards, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.  He loved dark-cherry red cars. He loved relaxing in his recliner with a Pepsi and watching “American Pickers”.

Incredibly sharp and witty, Jesse never missed anything, even until his last days.  Those who were attuned to his quiet nature were the lucky ones, because they would catch his great sense of humor.  With Jesse, if you weren’t listening, you might miss it.

Jesse was a man of grace and patience.  He lived simply, humbly, and with nothing but love.

Jesse will be missed by his beloved wife, Barbara Robertson; daughter-in-law, Sandy Johnson Robertson; three adoring granddaughters: Sarah Robertson (Eric Doyle) of Philadelphia, PA, Jessica Robertson (Jordan Rosenfield) of Columbus, OH, and Annie Robertson Hitchman (Cody Hitchman) of  Warrensburg, MO; two brothers: Harold (Louise) Robertson and Richard Robertson; a half-sister, Mary (Wetzel) Boyd; four step siblings: Shirley (Johnny) Mabe, Beverly (Joseph) Blubaugh, Evelyn (Jim) Feustel, and Jean (Jim) Hendrickson; a half-brother, Ralph (Sharon) Robertson; a brother-in-law, Bill Cochran; and oodles of nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Jesse was preceded in death by his son, Jack D. Robertson; step-mother, Bernice Robertson; step-father, CW Boyd; mother and father-in-law: Glenna and Bill Cochran; five step siblings: Donald (Karen) Boyd, James W Boyd, Paul Boyd, Walter Boyd, and Mary Boyd; a brother-in-law, Joe Cochran; and a sister-in-law, Marian Sears.

His family will greet friends from 2 pm to 5 pm on, Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society ( https://www.nmcrs.org/ )

On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the kind and caring staff of the hospice unit at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Jesse’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Jessie will always be “Uncle Jack” to me. As a boy, Robbie (Jessie’s son Jack) and I were inseparable. It seemed like Uncle Jack was always there making sure every day was a fun, new adventure. I remember him helping us learn to swim and explore the woods during camping trips to Pleasant Hill and Mohican State Park. We built tree houses at their home in Rich Hill. There was always time for fishing, especially when they moved to Sparta in their new home, complete with a pond. During back yard camp outs Robbie and I always had to be on the look out for the inevitable “Uncle Jack scare” that would usually occur after what seemed like hours of trying to stay awake, just as we were dozing off. Playing with his coon hounds, (that I remember as being the size of small horses!), Smokey and Trail, and teasing the cat, Melissa, capped most days.

    Uncle Jack always had a smile and a quick, wonderful laugh. I’m sure Robbie and I woke him frequently (he worked the midnight shift at PPG for years), but he never showed any anger or even frustration. He was a boy’s best friend and a wonderful guide into adulthood.

    I am sure he was so anxious to be reunited with his beloved son, Robbie, who left us prematurely a few years ago. I am also sure they are busy enjoying new adventures for eternity.

  • TO BARB AND FAMILY … I AM SO SORRY TO SEE OF JESSES DEATH… CLYDE AND I CAN’T MAKE CALLING HOURS AS NEITHER OF US CAN DRIVE ANY MORE .. OLD AGE HAS CAUGHT UP WITH US.. AND OUR DRIVER SON WHO CARES FOR US IS NOT HERE TODAY…WE OFTEN TALK OF HOW WE MET AND WONDER ABOUT YOU TWO….WE CELEBRATED OUR 70th ANNIVERSARY YESTERDAY , JUNE 1st.
    WE D WISH YOU THE BEST AND WISH YOU WOULD CONTACT US, AS I DON’T HAVE YOUR ADDRESS OR PHONE #…… OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY….. LOVE FO AN OLD FRIEND……..
    LORRAINE ADAMS WILSON..

  • Barb,
    I’m so sorry about reading that Jesse has passed.
    Hugs and prayers, and may God cover you with peace and blessings in this difficult time.
    Cherie Riggs Smith

  • He was a loving person . He was a wonderful father to jack and grandfather to Sarah Jessica and Andrea . One loving husband to Barb. You’ll be missed very much. You’ll always have a place in my heart Jesse..

    Love you
    Noah

  • Barb and family members, so very sad to hear you lost your best friend and better half. Always thought of you as a good friend. Many blessings and prayers. Fred had his 90th birthday May 9th. And we will have our 65th wedding anniversary Aug. 28th. We lost our only brother very suddenly Jan 3, 2019. Just enjoy, and so glad to know you.

  • Barbara and family,
    I am so sorry that I could not make calling hours today.
    Words cannot express my sympathy for all of you.
    Bill and I always enjoyed visiting with the two of you.
    Love and prayers,
    Clara Hilton