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Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home

601 North Alleghaney, Odessa, TX

OBITUARY

William "Bill" Robertson, DVM

April 4, 1937January 1, 2020
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William (Bill) Ralph Robertson DVM (April 4, 1937- January 1, 2020)

William Ralph Robertson was born to Ralph Waldo Robertson and Ruby Lee Anderson on April 4, 1937, in San Antonio, Texas. Bill attended St. Joseph's Academy in San Antonio, a private catholic school in his first and second-grade years. Young Billy Ralph’s parents owned and ran a small grocery mercantile store until his father, Ralph, received a serious injury while moving a refrigerator. This resulted in a head injury that left him a quadriplegic and led to early death. His mother, Ruby, was soon after diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer and died shortly leaving Billy Ralph parentless. Bill's interest in medicine started early, traveling by train two times to the Mayo Clinic to seek medical treatment for his parents, and a thorough evaluation of himself due to his small stature. It was then that he experienced his first blood draw, where his ear was nicked to get samples of blood to check his bodily functions which fascinated him.

After his parents passed he moved to Barksdale, Texas. He lived on a beautiful South Texas ranch of 1,000 acres which had huge live oak trees and a wide rock-bottom clear creek running through it. There he lived with his grandparents Rebecca Maples and Bud Anderson aka “Big Momma” and “Big Poppa.” Here he honed his hunting and love for game cuisine mainly deer and squirrel. Bill attended the remainder of his primary education at Barksdale public schools. Bill was loved and supported by his community. Fellow rancher Arthur Beck and Beck’s family became very important to Bill's upbringing and served as family to Billy Ralph. He was also influenced early on by his piano teacher, Wanda Pope, who would sometimes get aggravated by young Bill’s knack for playing the piano by ear. He was active in sports and had a very close relationship with his school agriculture teacher, Joe Trees. At the Houston stock show Bill’s freshman year, he won a class showing a heifer and was presented his prize by Roy Rogers himself. His love and caring for animals started early by assisting Joe Trees in birthing calves and doctoring 4-H and other animals. This also included raising and treating the animals on the family's ranch.

Back then there not many veterinarians, particularly in this rural part of Southern Texas which enhanced his ability and desire to care for animals. On the ranch, Young Bill Ralph and his grandmother slept on the screened-in porch leading him to catch a life-threatening case of pneumonia. Surrounding ranch women came and helped nurse him around the clock. After his recovery, Big Momma, whom he adored and truly considered his mother, took him to the doctor to see that he would not catch pneumonia again. The Doctor shared with him that if he caught pneumonia again, he would most likely die. The Doctor advised that young Bill kept a supply of sulfa antibiotics around so he could dose himself when necessary. From that point on, Bill had a standing account with a local feed store in order to keep a supply of antibiotics. A few weeks prior to graduating high school, Bill’s ranch home burned to the ground due to an electrical fire. This caused him to lose all the family heirlooms he had. He was left with only a pair of jeans, boots, a belt, a cowboy hat, and his 4-H/ Agriculture jacket. Despite this, we never heard him complain one time of early misfortune. He attended Texas A&I and Texas A&M to receive his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1963. Bill's veterinary career began with stints as a meat inspector in Fort Worth Texas and then St Louis Missouri. In St. Louis, he was introduced to the track and fell in love with the beauty, grace, and excitement of horse racing. He then found an opportunity to come to Odessa and purchase Angel Veterinary Clinic. He arrived in a dust bowl storm. He described it as one that you could not open the screen door after. He lived in Odessa and loved it ever since. A lot of that had to do with meeting a pretty blonde just three days after his arrival, Mary Opal Anglin.

As the story goes, Mary had an adult female German Shepherd that had been hit by a car and needed help. Mary offered to pay her bill by working for Doctor Bill and this was the beginning of their legacy. In the early days, Bill and Mary were a two-person operation. Bill the veterinarian, Mary the very capable veterinary technician, surgery assistant, kennel tech, and bookkeeper. For the next 56 years, they shared mostly everything, their love of family, friends, and all animals, particularly horses, and were steady devoted companions, who were rarely seen away from each other. Bill and Mary just went together. Bill and Mary had four beautiful children Kirk, Lisa, Becky and Bill, Jr. He always offered his children love and support and most importantly space. Space to grow space to live and do awesome things. He always encouraged his children by supporting them to do anything they wanted. Kirk has a motorcycle shop and a skilled mechanic in Nacogdoches Texas. Lisa is a skilled painter and has a sign company in Oklahoma. His son, Bill Jr. has been able to have a successful event production company for many years hosting creative beautiful events for corporate, social, and charity events around the country and worldwide. Dr. Bill was able to share his love of veterinary medicine with his daughter Becky and son-in-law Jeff.

Starting in 1998, the three doctors practiced together for 18 years. In 2015, Becky and Jeff purchased Angel Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Bill then continued to have an equine practice until this summer. He just got a thrill helping animals and people. He had a lot of great hard working people sharing his love for animals. Dr. Bill had a strong interest in equine reproduction and over his career bred and produced at least two thousand horses. Dr. Bill Robertson also had a strong steady work ethic that has been contagious to those around him. He was a mentor to countless Veterinarians and staff in the industry. He loved helping animals and people more than anything else. He had a loving nature and a giving heart. He believed that there was one rule to live by, The Golden Rule: To Love God above all things and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Dr. Bill was a member of Trinity Baptist Church for 40+ years where he led the congregation in worship by singing original praise pieces and playing the piano. He was an impact investor in our community. He chose to live his life here because he loved the hard-working people and West Texas. He appreciated the opportunity that Odessa gave him and his family and did his part to make it better.

With the help of amazing people and the staff of the Clinic, Dr. Bill was able to do truly incredible things. Dr. Bill asked me to pass on some last thoughts and wishes, “Thank you so much for showing up and devoting yourself through the years. Thank you for the community for accepting me and for trusting me with your pets. It has been an honor. Thank you for the my teachers who believed in me, my loving wife, and my beautiful children. Thank you, God, for creating me. It has been a true blessing and a fun ride. In any obstacle or trial of life, always show true grit while staying humble and kind.”

In honor of Bill Robertson (my daddy) and Angel Veterinary Clinic, we will continue to practice love, peace, and compassion to our staff, patients, clients, family, and friends. It is our mission, at 3412 W. University Blvd, to help the world be a better place when we leave.

Dr. Bill's legacy continues with his 7 grandchildren, C.K., Shannon, Sarah, Richard, Kayli, Lauren, Madelynne, and 11 Great-Grandchildren.

Pallbearers: Fernando Perez, Mike Logan, Alfred Vardeman, Joe Vannatta, Jay Chancey, Joe Alexander, Roy Gillian, Leo Alverdez Honorary Pallbearers: Jeff Battershell, Jessie Hernandez, Julian Perez, Alex Perez, Carlos Gonzales, Charels Kirk Robertson

In Lieu of Flowers Consider Donating to the Following: ● Ector County Livestock Association, PO Box 1972 Odessa, TX. 79760 ● LOPE (Lone Star Outreach to Place and Adopt Former Racehorses), lopetx.org ● Humane Society Odessa, odessahumanesociety.org ● Trinity Baptist Church, 1222 S. Jackson Odessa, TX.

Funeral Home: Hubbard Kelly (Odessa, TX.) Visitation Hours: Saturday, January 4, 2020 12-5 PM Family Visitation: Sunday, January 5, 2020 3-7 PM Burial: Rock Springs Cemetery (Rock Springs, TX.) Monday, January 6, 2020 3 PM

CELEBRATION OF LIFE To be held, February 1st, 2020. At Barn Door South 40 Event Center, from 2-5 PM.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Fernando Perez
  • Mike Logan
  • Alfred Vardeman
  • Joe Vannatta
  • Jay Chancey
  • Joe Alexander
  • Roy Gillian
  • Leo Alverdez
  • Jeff Battershell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jessie Hernandez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Julian Perez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Alex Perez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Carlos Gonzales, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Charels Kirk Robertson, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

1 February

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Visitation Sunday, January 5, 2020
  • Burial Monday, January 6, 2020

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William "Bill" Robertson, DVM

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Michelle Gandy

January 8, 2020

I'm truly sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My family has had him as a vet and more so a friend for the last 40 years. As a child my dad took me into a two room vet that clipped a four or five Barb fishing hook out of our family pets mouth, the receptionist
was his wife and they were both friendly and seemed to care for the dog as much as we did. That started a life long relationship through many fur babies and three generations of family taking their pets to Angel. My prayers are with his family and the community , we suffer a great loss from a true humanitarian. You will be missed , fly with the angels ♥️. Thank you Bill xx
The Ussery Family
The Gandy Family

Louise Roson

January 5, 2020

I will always remember Dr Bill telling me that my cat was the most expensive thing I would own as he had to repair him several times. Angel vet and Dr Bill will always have a special place in my heart. The only place to take a pet and I still do. My prayers are with the family

Elizabeth (Lyzz) Paredes

January 5, 2020

I will always remember this most wonderful man, Dr. Robertson D.V.M, as he was a animal whisperer in my eyes as a child every time we had to take one of our pets in for vaccines or treatment. He was always kind and respectful, and never otherwise. Now as an adult I see a lot of those very same qualities in Dr. Becky, who has carried on his work with the same care, concern, and compassion. I'm sure she will continue her Daddy's legacy. Bright Blessings to the entire family during this incredibly hard time, and may the shared memories you have be of comfort to each of you. "Where there is great grief, there is great LOVE." Namaste ~^..^~

judy keefer

January 5, 2020

My son Scott Dugger was good friends with Little Bill in high school. We thought a lot of the Robertson's...we took our animals to him and still do. He was a good man and will be missed...

Brenda Hemphill

January 5, 2020

Becky and Jeff and family just heard about Dr.Bill passing. We have used Angel Vet for a very long time and I will always remember his smiling face. From all the memories written about him seems he lived a great life with many adventures. Sorry for your loss. May God be with all of you.
Brenda and Gene Hemphill

russell bokelman

January 4, 2020

Gonna miss ya uncle bill. love you with all my heart. I will always think of you. The memories are abundant and life with you in it made it all the more better. Peace Be With You on this new journey. Blessings and prayers to all the "Family".
Love, Russell. Amaricelis, & Jeremiah....

Jeanette White

January 4, 2020

Dr Robertson was my first vet. I took my first pet, a cat in a pillowcase as his wife suggested when I called and told her I didn’t own a carrier. Of course, by time I got there the pillow case was pretty much in shreds.
He was my vet for many, many years. Such a kind, wonderful vet and man.
My condolences to all his family. God bless each of you. He will be missed by so many who felt his love for animals and were so happy to call him their vet.

Sherry Robitson

January 4, 2020

We used Angel vet clinic forever before we retired and moved away. It seems we watched Dr. Robertson’s children grow up. I was there at the clinic with my dog when Becky was just out of vet school. She was examining my dog with her back to the door. Dr. Robertson peeped around the door to watch her with the biggest smile on his face.
When we moved the docs and staff felt like family. It has been 8 years and we still miss them.
Dr. Robertson was not only a great and compassionate vet, but he did such wonderful things for the community. He will be greatly missed but he leaves behind a great legacy!

Beverly Fitzgerald-Pack

January 4, 2020

Dr Bill took care of my pets and familes pets since I was 18 years old....I trusted him with my furbabies...he wasnt just a vet he was a friend...then Becky and Jeff became good friends and great vets...I am so saddened by this...I saw Bill right before I left Odessa last year at Whataburger...he asked for a vanilla ice cream cone and the lady told him they dont sell icecream...I realized who he was and said hi Dr Bill and he hugged me...I told him to go up the street to Dairyqueen...that they have good icecream...he thanked me and said he was headed there...he looked amazing....thats why its so hard to believe this....Becky if you read this I love and miss you and Jeff and I know my mother would if she were still here....All my prayers for your family...I know he will be missed

Mitzi Harris

January 4, 2020

So many memories but one I’ll remember forever, once he was told he needed his gallbladder out. He went home and drank DMSO. Now, I am in no way suggesting anyone do this, but he was so proud to announce he didn’t need his gallbladder out any longer. I think he pickled it from the inside with his treatment. Some will know how bad DMSO smells and when you drink it you smell just like that...... for days. Mary wasn’t to happy at his treatment but we laughed for a good long time at this. I loved his laugh. I will miss you Bill. 💕💕💕

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