Thomas Alfred Robertson

Thomas Alfred Robertson

Thomas Alfred Robertson, age 81, of Adams, Wisconsin unexpectedly passed away Saturday, May 18, 2024, at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC during a Honor Flight trip.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 25th from 10 am. to 1:00 pm. at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin. There will be a Celebration of Life later in Fall, on August 3, 2024.

Thomas was born August 01, 1942, in Adams, Wisconsin to Burton and Alta (Grassman) Robertson. Tom Graduated from A-F- High in 1960 and spent his whole life in Adams. Except for the time he served in the Army as part of the Army Security Agency in Okinawa, Japan. He returned to Adams after his service to his hometown of Adams. Tom met Rita Bork and married her in 1964. Tom had many jobs with his main career being a Firefighter at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant in Baraboo. Tom also had a few businesses in Adams during his life, including Robertson’s Photo Studio, In-Town Storage, and Grind my Stumps.

Tom was an active member of the community service with the Adams Fire department for 30+ years’ service at all ranks including Chief for over 15 years, retiring from the fire department when the Adams County Fire District was formed. Tom also served on the City Council in Adams and was instrumental in the development of Burt Morris Park and getting the swimming pool that was once in Adams. Tom was a part-time deputy of the Sheriff’s Department in the 1970’s and served as Bailiff from the court some 20+ years later.

Thomas enjoyed woodworking, trap shooting, collecting “Early Everything” but mainly coins and Adams County bar tokens, hunting, Classic Old Cars, and spending time in his shop working on projects for friends and family. He also loved spending time with his Grandchildren and Great Grandchild William.

Tom was very active and supportive of the community throughout his life. One of Toms passions was bow hunting and archery. As a member of the Roche-a-Cri Bowman league he was instrumental in rallying the community and raising fund to purchase youth bows and arrows to start a youth Archery program back in the 1970’s. Tom also was the driving force of the restoration of one of Adams’ First Fire Trucks back to a parade vehicle and he took on the challenge of getting the cannon in front of County Courthouse refurbished, as well as many other projects in the community.
Until his death Tom remained active with the American Legion and was on the Adams County Housing Authority Board.

Memorials donations will be made to the Honor Flight, The American Legion.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rita, and his only brother Jack.

Survivors include his special friend and companion Becky Schmidt, Son Burton (Holly) Robertson, Grandsons Andrew (Chantelle) Robertson and Alex Robertson, and Great Grandchild William Robertson, fur baby Kilty along with many other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to the doctors, staff and volunteers of the Star & Stripes Honor Flight and the medical staff at Washington DC Fire Department, George Washington University Hospital for their concern and comfort. A special thank Southwest Airlines for their continued support of the Honor Flight program and Veterans. They are being so gracious and our bringing Dad back to Wisconsin at no cost.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Andrea (Mock) LaValle says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Tom passing. He was the photographer that took my graduation pictures and was our wedding photographer. He was a nice man and I’m sure he will be missed. Deepest condolences to his family.

  2. Patricia M Schiefer says:

    So sorry to hear Tom passed away. He was a true friend. He will be greatly missed.The lord will take good care of him. My prayers are with you.

  3. Laura Fields says:

    I’m sorry to hear of the loss of a friend like Tom. My condolences to Becky and family. He was a great talker and a pleasant customer at the coffee shop. Sorry he didn’t get to finish his honor flight. God bless

  4. Dean Gleason says:

    My condolences to Becky and the Robertson family.

  5. Michele Jim Falk says:

    Becky so sorry for the passing of Tom he was a special person.

  6. Peggy Hansen Falk says:

    Tom Robertson family, he will truly be missed! Becky, if you need me just call!

  7. Mik3 Brogan says:

    My deepest condolences to Tom’s family and Becky for yor loss. I always enjoying spending time with him at the trap club and visiting him at various places. He was a great person.

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  9. Pete and Melinda Brogan says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such a likable man known him for a long time. We send our blessings to Becky and the family.

  10. Pat and Tom Sutter says:

    Please accept our sympathy and condolences. We’ve only known Tom and Becky for 5 years but what wonderful people to have in our circle of friends. I’ll never forget his wry smile and quiet sense of humor. Thank you Tom for all you’ve done for your country and community. RIP friend.

  11. Dennis & Patricia Jacobs says:

    R .I .P Tom , you were a great fire department chief and a nice man , very community oriented, you will be missed.We are so very sorry for your family’s loss .

  12. Michelle Ann Dayboll says:

    Rest in peace Mr. Tom! We miss you so much. Hugs! Prayers to the whole family

  13. Marti Sopher says:

    Tom was a very kind gentleman. Still have my high school portrait that he took for us. I was such a proud teen to have a photo that looked so grownup and classy. He made each of us feel special.

  14. Jackie Lecy says:

    Burt, Becky & family, So sorry for your loss. He was an icon in Adams County and meant so much to so many. He will be missed.

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  16. Kyle Kluck & Krystyne Miller says:


    Kyle and I are sorry for yur loss. U r in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Cathy Rathermel says:

    Sending peace to Tom’s family. He was a nice man. Blessings

  18. Ann Pourchot says:

    So sorry for your loss!He was a great man!He will be missed by all that new him!

  19. Kathie and Jerry Dye says:

    Burt, Becky and family, Our most sincere condolences to you all. My memories of Tom go back to my childhood and then when I babysat for Burt. Tom was the photographer for our wedding and we have stayed friends since. I will miss that mischievous little glint in his eyes followed by a big grin. Hugs to the entire family.

  20. Rick Whitty says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear about Tom. He always kept me in touch with AF doings. Even though I didn’t graduate with the class of AF 60, I still felt part of it, and Tom, thru his caring was special to me. What a man !!!! Blessings to the family.


  21. June and Ronnie Duckworth says:

    Becky & Burt
    Our love and sympathy go out to you and your family. Tom was a special friend to Ronnie and I. Lots of great memories as Classmates. We pray God will comfort you and give you peace. Hugs

  22. Bernadette Jones says:

    I was blessed to have met and get to know Tom & Becky this past September. They made me feel so welcome in their home and truly made me feel like family. Becky, my heart goes out to you and your families, and though I may be miles away, I’m always here for you.
    I will never forget the greetings to Tom from so many people wherever we would go. The stories he would tell will remain with me forever. He was a funny, unique and kind man and I’ll hold my memories of him close to my heart forever. Though I’ll forget all the times he would beat me in just about any game we’d play. God Bless him for his service and all he did throughout his life for his community and friends.
    Love, Bern

  23. Gerald Murphy says:

    Becky So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing he has been a good friend for many years. RIP Tom

  24. Paul Schippers says:

    Very sadden by Tom’s sudden passing. Played cards with Tom and had him grind stumps for me. Tom was always ready to offer a willing hand. Condolences to family.

  25. Timothy D Schmitt says:

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a good friend. He will definitely be missed.

  26. Katie Wagner says:

    Katie Wagner
    I am so very sorry to hear that Tom passed away! I worked with him alot for 2000 census. We would drive together. He gave me a one on one viewing of the old Baraboo Ammunition plant. I cant count how many hours I was at the house completing all the census paper work. He and Rita always made me feel welcome. We always joked that I wanted his pond behind the house. I even got a tour of the perfectly groomed trails (that he was so proud of). Not to mention all of the garages and his much loved collector car! Rest in peace Tom, you will be missed! My deepest sympathy to the entire family.

  27. Richard C Burik says:

    saddened to hear of Toms passing. we did a lot of haying togeter.

  28. Peggy Wormet Sleeman says:

    Burt, Becky and Tom’s entire family. I am saddened to read about Tom’s unexpected passing. We go back many years, even before Burt was in school and I will cherish all of my great memories of Tom over there years. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  29. Bill and Fran Christofferson says:

    So sad to hear of Tom’s passing. Tom also helped us with our wedding book. Your community will certainly miss you and your work and smile.

  30. Catherine Fell says:

    Burton n family, my deepest condolences to you. Tom was a very special person. His knowledge of Fire Service was fantastic. I learned a lot from Him. I will deeply miss Tom. God Bless.

  31. Donn Tolley says:

    Tom was a Special Friend and Classmate. We always enjoyed visiting and catching up with him at Class reunions. We are sad that he did not get to experience the full Honor Flight🇺🇸
    May he rest in peace. We Love you Tom❤️
    Donn and Rose (Schroeder) Tolley.

  32. Vickie says:

    Thank you for your service

  33. Sam & Marilyn Baggs says:

    Becky, Burton & Families,
    We were deeply saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. We know how much this trip met to him. I can almost hear the stories when he would come him. He was a good friend of many in his hometown A-F HS class of 1960. Always a mischievous smile & story to tell whenever you saw him. Miss him already! Prayers, blessings & hugs to all his family.

  34. Shirley Theisen and family says:

    Sincere condolences to Becky, Burt, Holly and family. Tom will be missed by all in the area. He was a kind friend and we enjoyed visiting with him. Prayers and virtual hugs.

  35. Tim @ Joy Schwarz says:

    Sorry for your loss. Tom was always there to help us, Tom and Dad I think was quite a team lol, We are not sure what all they did, but I’m sure they caused some trouble. Tom made a special trip to see dad before he passed, they didn’t have a lot of time then but now they can fight fires and just do dad stuff together. We will miss you Tom you really were one in a million.

  36. Sheila G Flahive says:

    So sorry to hear about Tom, my prayers go out to Becky and his family

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  38. Dennis McFarlin says:

    Becky and Family:

    My condolences. I will sure miss our local history discussions.


  39. Russell O Nelson says:

    Burt and family
    It was a pleasure to know Tom and do many things with him. Trap shooting on my team, Archer shooting and deer hunting, Fishing, Having the honor of him taking photos at my wedding. He was a great person to be around. Sorry for your loss but he is at peace now and n o more suffering.

  40. Deborah J. Hiller Antoniak says:

    Was my pleasure to know Tom and Rita for so many years. He was a very kind man and always involved in so many beneficial activities in the community. My Condolences to you and his special friend.

  41. Liana Glavin says:

    My condolences to you Becky and his family, We have worked with Tom at the county and will miss his happy personality! His support for our community will be missed. I will miss seeing him at the fair! Love and prayers!

  42. Laurie & Jeff DeVaney says:

    We are sadden by the loss of a very special man. I remember all of the times spent with him and his outgoing support for everyone.

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  44. Cindy Babcock says:

    Becky, Burt and family. Sorry to hear this. Great guy he will be missed. My condolences to all of you.

  45. Art o'clock somewhere says:

    Sorry for your loss
    Tom would stop by and have a Root Beer after plowing snow

  46. Myrna Hammond says:

    So sorry for n your loss. Tom was a good person. Will miss him. He was kind and made me laugh.

  47. Myrna Hammond Klaus. says:

    So sorry for n your loss. Tom was a good person. Will miss him. He was kind and made me laugh.

  48. Shawna Gruber says:

    So sorry for your loss…

  49. LISA GURECKI says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Tom was such a great man. He always made me laugh.
    My deepest sympathies to your family.

  50. Kim Draeger-Cleland says:

    Sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed my talks with Tom. He will be missed.

  51. Ray and Cheri Witz says:

    Ray and I are so very sorry for your loss Becky and the rest of Tom’s family, he will be missed.

  52. Deb stone says:

    So sorry to hear this news I loved Tom and enjoyed running into him and having our talks .. He will be missed & my Heart goes out to his Family & Loved ones .. I will Miss You my Friend .. My Heart Breaks. .. Rock ( Deb Stone )

  53. Karen Murphy Rank says:

    So sorry for your loss, very special person

  54. Doug Akkerman says:

    So sorry for your lost I always enjoyed talking to Tom

  55. Matt McLaughlin says:

    So sorry about Tom, I enjoyed talking Adams history with him.

  56. Valerie Mecklenburg says:

    Heartbreaking. 🙏 hugs to all.



  58. Sonja McLaughlin says:

    I am so sorry to read this about Tom!!!! My deepest sympathy to Tom’s family!!!!, I knew Tom most of his life, he was always so kind, friendly and helpful!!!!

  59. Diane Roekle says:

    Becky, Burt and family, So saddened by this news. Know he was looking forward to that honor flight. Most recently, we did alot of cribbage together, but our families go way back. My husband Karl was also on fire dept. After Karl’s death 20+ yrs ago, Tom helped me with many things. Tom and Karl are probably sharing alot of stories now again. God Bless!

  60. jim and Mary Ann Pease says:

    Becky and Burton, We were saddened to read of Tom passing away but what a way to go. On a trip with the honor flight and all his comrades. Tom and I go back more than 75 years. I will miss visiting with him if I ever get back to Wisconsin. I wish I could say if you need anything just ask, however we live in Ogden Utah and will not be able to attend any services. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

  61. Peg Lecy says:

    Becky Burt Holly and boys
    So very sorry on your loss. Fabulous man family and community involved. Soar high Uncle Tom

  62. Jack Grignano says:

    Condolences to Tom’s family and Becky , always enjoyed hearing old stories from Tom at our Legion meetings.

  63. Jim and Ardy Olson says:

    So sorry for your loss. Tom was a one of a kind man and will surely be missed. I always enjoyed talking to him.

  64. Sharon(&Joe) Lobenstein says:

    Sincere blessings to your family… what a send off!! From an old friend and classmate of A-F 1960

  65. Judith V. Bieri says:

    Becky and Burton, So sorry to read about Tom. We go way back to the days of the car shows. we always had such good times. He is in heaven now with some of the other drivers. Remember the good times.

  66. Dennis & Mary Schad says:

    Becky & Burton and family
    So sorry for your loss. Tom lived a full and rewarding life. He will truly be missed.
    God Bless
    Dennis & Mary Schad

  67. Lisa & Ron Allen says:

    Burt and family,

    Deepest sympathies on your family’s loss. Your dad was a true public servant and the community was lucky to have his support on so many projects. The park & pool are two close to my heart, so I thank him for his help in getting these projects completed.

  68. Bob & Eleanor Bonnett says:

    To the family of Tom, he was a very special person. Always speaking to you, even if he couldn’t recall you name, he knew your face. we had no idea he was so involved w/our Community. He will be missed. Our Prayers for Comfort and Support.

  69. Melissa Parr says:

    So sorry for your loss. He is such a nice man.