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Arland Stanley Robertson
07/19/1930 — 07/20/2019
From Burbank, WA | Born in Bottineau, ND
Arland Stanley Robertson
Arland S. “Arlie/Robbie” Robertson, 89, was called home to
the Lord on July 20, 2019. He passed away in his sleep at his home in Burbank,
WA after a long and brave fight with cancer. Arland was born to Selma and Albert
Robertson on July 19, 1930 in Bottineau, ND. The family moved to Hanford, WA in
1943 where his father worked as a Power Operator on the Hanford Site. Arland
and his two brothers attended school in Hanford until housing became available
in Richland. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Washington National Guard, 420th
Antiaircraft Battalion, which trained at the Yakima Firing Range, and also
joined Local 370 of the Operating Engineers. His prized possessions were his
1948 black Chevrolet Convertible and his 1948 red Harley Davidson.
On February 10, 1951 he married his high school sweetheart
Betty Fruh, and soon was called to active military service in the U.S. Army. He
was stationed at Fort Bliss, TX and later Fort Lewis, WA. Upon discharge from
military service he returned to Local 370 and worked as a crane operator on
many construction jobs in this area, including
Grand Coulee, McNary, Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental and Little Goose
Dams; Missile Sites near Moses Lake; and 100-K Reactor, Plutonium Recycle Test
Reactor and Fast Flux Test Facility at Hanford. He was one of the first crane
operators to put Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Budweiser in the water at the
hydroplane races. In 1982 he joined Local 280 and worked as a crane operator
for Rockwell Hanford Operations and Westinghouse Hanford until retirement in
Arland was a member of the First Lutheran Church, American Legion, and Columbia Grange. He was a hardworking, honest, and good man with a great sense of humor who enjoyed life to the fullest. He always included his family in his many hobbies of camping, trap shooting, bird hunting with his black Labs, deer hunting, fishing for trout, steelhead and salmon, waterskiing, cutting firewood, snowmobiling at Spout Springs, family poker games, and trips to Reno. Arland, you are loved by your family more than words can express and we will have an empty space in our hearts forever, but we will always have wonderful memories of a very special man.
Arland was preceded in death by his parents, Selma and Albert Robertson of Richland, WA; son Dale Robertson of Burbank, WA; his brothers Milton and Floyd Robertson of Kennewick, WA and his brother-in-law and fellow operating engineer Carl Fruh of Richland, WA.
He is survived by his wife Betty of 68 years; his daughter Sandra Schoenrock and husband Jack of Burbank, WA; granddaughter Rebecca Burger, husband Greg, and great-grandson Carl of Spokane, WA; and grandson Thomas Schoenrock, wife Jessica, great-granddaughter Avery and great-grandson Levi of Las Vegas, NV.
The family wishes to thank our neighbors and friends for their help and support, and the staffs of Home Care Solutions and Providence St. Mary Home Health for the special nursing care and comfort provided for Arland and his family during his illness.
There will be a Graveside Service at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, WA on Tuesday, June 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM.
Please give any memorial to the charity of your choice.