Gerald W. Robertson
June 29, 1935- December 02, 2017
Gerald W. “Gerry” Robertson, 82 of Boiling Springs, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. He was born on June 29, 1935 in Detroit, MI, and was a son of the late Ray and Fay (Pendleton) Robertson.
Gerald was a 1953 graduate of Republic High School in Republic, MO and earned his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees in 1957 and 1959, respectively, at the University of Kansas. He was a proud euphonium player and librarian in the KU Band. He retired in 1999 after 30 years of service from Harrisburg Area Community College. While there, Gerald was a Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts, directed the College Choir, and produced a number of musical theater productions. He was the Director of Music for 17 years with the former Allison United Methodist Church, Carlisle, and conducted the annual holiday performance of Handel’s Messiah. He was a delivery volunteer and former President of the Board of Directors with Carlisle Meals on Wheels, a former President of the Board of Directors with Carlisle Salvation Army and a member of the Board of Directors with the Carlisle Opportunity Homes.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Deborah E. (Boeshore) Robertson, five children; W. Stephen (wife, Holly Steuart) Robertson of Columbus, GA, Risa D. (husband, Richard) Armstrong of Levittown, Robyn A. Sealover of Mechanicsburg and Christopher W. (wife, Julie Reznicek) Holtry of Midlothian, VA, one brother, Kenneth (wife, Arlene) Robertson of Champagne, IL, one daughter-in-law, Molly Robertson of Camp Hill, one brother-in-law, Douglas (wife, Amy) Boeshore of New Cumberland, ten grandchildren; Rosstyn Robertson, Russel (wife, Pamela) Robertson, Sarina (husband, James IV) Keiser, Stephanie and Scott Sealover, Randal Jr., Rachael, and Rebecca Robertson, Noah and Amelia Holtry, and three great-grandchildren; Ryder Robertson, Liam and Luca Keiser, one niece, and two nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Randal R. Robertson who died in 2016 and one son-in-law, Dennis Sealover. He was also preceded in death by his beloved dog, Ozzie.
In retirement, Gerald enjoyed travelling to study the arts of Europe and the American Southwest, family summer vacations waterskiing at Lake Wallenpaupack, snow skiing in Vermont, and family pool parties and picnics.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. In honoring his wish, Gerald’s body will be donated through the Humanity Gifts Registry to the Penn State College of Medicine. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carlisle Opportunity Homes at PO Box 517, Carlisle, PA 17013 or to Meals on Wheels of Carlisle at 42 Bellaire Ave., Carlisle, PA 17013. Please visit www.Since1853.com to send condolences.