Thomas Leon Robertson, "Tommy" to his family and friends, 80, was born on March 16, 1938 to Eardie and Beatrice "Bea" (Dick) Robertson in Jay.
He lived in Delaware County off and on his entire life and graduated from Jay High School in 1956. He was known for his love of almost everyone he met, his smile and laughter touched the lives of many.
He married his love, Catherine Mersch, 43 years ago and they built a beautiful life together.
Tommy's passions in life included his family, work - he was an avid entrepreneur, and horses.
At the age of 13, he began working on the pipeline with his father in Pennsylvania. Working in this industry allowed him to travel the country.
He and "Cat"herine were the previous owners and founders of TomCat Corner Market, a landmark around Grove, in the late 1980s and 1990s.
Some of his other businesses included Tommy's Drive-In in Grove, in the 1960s, the Redi-mix in Jay in the 1970s, TLRobertson Operating Oil & Gas in Eastland, Texas in the 1980s and TomCat Construction in the late 1990s.
He finally retired about four years ago from the oil and gas industry where he was a chief on the pipeline. He was among the first to travel to Alaska and helped build the original pipeline there as well.
Tom was a proud Mason and previous member of the Grove Moose Club. He loved his cutting and roping horses.
He also enjoyed fishing and being on Grand Lake. He was a member of the Church of the Shepherd (COS) in Grove.
Tommy was well known for his athletic talent in both football and baseball. He played on the state championship team in Jay in baseball and then played football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
He loved his Jay bulldogs and was an avid supporter of teams there. He then grudgingly supported and grew to love the Grove Ridgerunners in later years but only when they weren't playing Jay.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and half-brother Marion “Thummy" Robertson.
Survivors include his wife Catherine, along with daughters and sons-in law Terri and Steve Moellers, Naples, Florida; Amy and James (Skeeter) Yates of Holdenville, Oklahoma; Cristi and Todd Travis of Grove; and Brandi and Danny Davis of Jay.
Also surviving is his son and daughter-in-law Brett and Alma Robertson of Oklahoma City; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Tommy is also survived by a half-brother Eardie Robertson Jr.
A gathering for family and friends took place on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Nichols Funeral Chapel. A casual celebration of Tommy’s life took place on Monday, Sept. 10, at Church of the Shepherd (COS) in Grove. Burial followed at Duffield Cemetery in Jay.
The family requests donations to be made to “Project 7" at COS for children and elderly, 1600 W. Harber Rd, Grove, OK 74344.
Arrangements entrusted to Nichols-Stephens Funeral & Cremation Services, Grove.