Joe Thaddeus Robertson
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Joe Thaddeus Robertson
March 13, 1921 - June 17, 2013
Joe Thaddeus Robertson, 92, of Austin, Texas, passed away at home, June 17, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Joe was born on March 13, 1921 in Santa Anna, Texas to Juanita Hunter and Joseph William Robertson. He spent his earliest years in Waco, and moved to Austin after elementary school. He graduated from Austin High School in 1938. As a youth he was active in the Order of DeMolay, achieving rank of Chevalier for his outstanding service.
He attended college at the University of Texas, obtaining a bachelor of business administration degree after returning from military service. He subsequently entered the University of Texas Law School, where he graduated with a JD degree. Joe was active in the practice of law and was a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Travis County Bar Association.
A veteran of World War II, Joe served his country in the European Theater of Operations from 1943 to 1946, in England, France, Belgium and Germany as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Upon separation from active service, he remained active in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and retired in the grade of Colonel.
Joe was a member of the Knights Templar, Colorado Commandery #4; Ben Hur Shrine Temple and Royal Order of Jesters, Court No. 35; Sojourners; and Hill City Lodge #456 A.F. & A.M. Earlier this year, he was awarded a certificate commemorating over 70 years of membership as a Master Mason.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, serving on the Vestry from 1966 to 1968. He was also active in the West Austin Optimist Little League program coaching and assisting for several years.
Joe was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was a man of honor, integrity, loyalty, and friendly good humor who brought out the best in people with his welcoming smile and keen intellect.
Above all, Joe was a family man. He married Joyce Louise Long in 1947, and they were happily married for 65 years.
He delighted in his three sons and their families: Joe T. Robertson, Jr. and Joe Smith of San Antonio, Dr. Daniel B. Robertson and Kimberly of Fredericksburg, Thomas H. Robertson and Stacy of Austin; his grandchildren: Melanie and Jay Kelley, Kristen, Laura, Sara, Natalie and Allison Robertson; and his great-grandchildren Caitlin, Hailey and Madelyn Kelley. All survive.
There will be a service celebrating Joe’s life, Monday, July 15, 2013, at 2 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall where Joyce and Joe were married more than six decades ago. The burial service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Austin Humane Society or charity of your choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home, Fredericksburg.