Rev. Dr. David W. Robertson

July 14, 1940September 25, 2013

The Rev. Dr. David Wallace Robertson, born July 14, 1940 in Chippewa Falls, WI toG. Wallaceand Irene (Wiesen) Robertson, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on September 25, 2013 at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI after a valiant battle with cancer. David graduated from Grand Haven High School (MI), The College of Wooster (OH) and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Yale University and his Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1994. He served as a Presbyterian minister for 42 years at churches in Newaygo, MI, Fourth Church Chicago, River Forest, IL and Battle Creek, MI and most recently at Orchard Lake Community Church-Presbyterian, where he was senior pastor for 14 years before retiring in 2010. David served as Moderator of Chicago Presbytery in 1981 and was also a leader in the Detroit Presbytery. He served on the board of countless community organizations and was, throughout his life, a friend and advocate for the least and the lost in the world completing many mission trips to Africa, Mexico, Korea and Japan. David was a gifted athlete and avid sports fan who played football in high school and college, ran daily in his adult years and was never happier than on a golf course, a passion he shared with both his father and his sons. He was a person of deep and abiding personal faith and faced his health struggles and the end of life with grace and calm assurance. David is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Peterson Robertson, his children James Robertson (Amy), Andrew Robertson (Cari), Sarah Nadeau (Tim) and his beloved grandchildren Drew, Luke, Ian, Tony, Keely and Tyler Robertson and his namesake David Paul Nadeau, born in 2013. He is also survived by his brother Richard Robertson (Pat) and his sisters Ann Orwin and Mary Liz Robertson. A memorial service will be held at Orchard Lake Community Church on Sunday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m., with visitation both before and after the service. Scattering of cremains will take place at a later date at David and Mary’s treasured vacation spot, Robertson Point, in the Upper Peninsula. Arrangements are being handled by the Union Lake chapel of Elton Black and Son where remembrances of David may be shared at Memorial gifts may be sent to Orchard Lake Church, 5171 Commerce Rd., Orchard Lake Village, MI, 48324, with notation to the Robertson Memorial Fund.


  • Gathering at Sunday, September 29, 2013
  • Memorial Service Sunday, September 29, 2013

Rev. Dr. David W. Robertson

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Stephen Park

July 25, 2014

The Entire Robertson Family,

We just learned of David's passing and are very saddened by the news. He was a great guy and a caring and capable parish leader. We'll miss him!

The Park Family

Doug & Jeannie Amidon

October 22, 2013

We have great memories of our friendship with you in Oak Park/River Forest. David was a wonderful pastor and friend; Mary, you were a delightful friend and secretary. Also, those times when we went out for pizza and beer were great fun. To you, Mary, and the kids and grand kids, we are saddened about David's death and your loss.

Rob and Sandy McAdam

October 7, 2013

Dear Mary and family,
We were so saddened to learn of Dave's passing. We celebrated our anniversary on September 26 and the loss hit us particularly hard as Dave married us 32 years ago. We are very thankful for the times we had with Dave while he was our pastor and for all the wonderful memories. We pray God's blessings to you.

Rob and Sandy McAdam

Jeff Armstrong

October 6, 2013

Jim, Andy and Sarah,
My brother, Tim, and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to your family on the passing of your father. We have fond memories of the time we spent at the Robertson home and at the church. Take care.

Mike and Sue Rollert

September 30, 2013

Dear Mary and Family:

Mike and I feel so blessed to have known David and to have learned a great deal from him during his tenure in Battle Creek. We have wonderful memories of him performing our marriage ceremony and baptising our children...his words from our pre-marital counseling session still resonate we still quote him from those meetings, 28 years later!) and we were privileged to share in his leadership and wise counsel. You are being held closely in prayer by so many of your grateful friends.

Jennifer Knutson

September 30, 2013

We were so saddened to hear the news of Reverend Robertson's passing. He had a very powerful impact on our lives while members of OLCPC. He will be missed and our sympathies go out to his family

September 30, 2013

Mary and to all of the Robertson family, I'm so sorry for your loss. David was such a faithful servant. A caring husband, father, grandfather and leader to so many. It was a pleasure and honor to work with him. My sympathy goes out to all of you. Blessings to you, Connie

September 29, 2013

Dear Robertson Family,
We were saddened to learn of David's passing. In addition to his spiritual leadership in our lives, we were blessed to have David baptize all 5 of our children (Scott, Sara, Amanda and Alisha in Battle Creek and Tyler in Orchard Lake). We have missed you guys since your move to Orchard Lake but are thankful for the time we worshiped together. Mary, we pray for God's blessings to you and your family.
Pat and Marlyce Horan and family

Bob and Pat Brandsen

September 29, 2013

To the Robertson family,
You have our deepest sympathy.
It was a privilege to have known Dr. Robertson.
We know that you have many wonderful memories of him. We do too.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

Annemarie Kidder

September 28, 2013

David opened the doors for me into Presbyterian ministry while serving at Battle Creek, First. He taught me the ropes and led by example, ever visiting people in their homes, the hospitals, meeting with them and praying for them in their presence. Thank you, David, for being mentor to so many of us women in ministry and untiring advocate for the Lord. Ruhe in Frieden mit Gott dem Herrn!