James L. "Jim" Robertson

Mar 3, 2019
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10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St., La Porte City, Iowa


4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main St.,  La Porte City. Visitation will also be one hour before the service at the church.


West View Cemetery  


may be directed to the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe St.,  La Porte City, Iowa 50651 or the Cedar Valley Hospice,  2101 Kimball Ave #401, Waterloo, Iowa 50702.


James L. “Jim” Robertson, 82, of La Porte City, died Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.  He was born July 2, 1936 in Waterloo the son of L.J. and Marion Lingard Robertson. He married Sally Moore on August 16, 1958 in Glidden; they were later divorced.  He married Jeanene Steinquist on March 18, 1989 in Cedar Falls.

 Jim was a 1954 graduate of La Porte City High School.  He attended the University of Northern Iowa, then known as Iowa State Teachers College.  In June of 1959 he graduated from the University of Iowa with a law degree and was admitted to the bar a week later.  Along the way he participated in study programs at the University of Denver, Ashridge College (a private college 30 miles outside of London), Oxford and the University of Vienna.  L.J. Robertson, Jim’s father, opened his law office in 1932 in La Porte City, his home town.  Jim joined him in his practice in 1959, and their partnership continued until 1986 when L.J. passed away.  Jim then practiced alone until his retirement in December of 2015.

Jim was asked to join the Board of Directors of the La Porte City Telephone Co. in 1964 as a director, officer and attorney.  This began his long association with the telecommunication industry.  He continued as President of La Porte City Telephone Co. until December 31, 2018.

He became a licensed private pilot in 1968 and flew his own plane until 2003. He also became a certified scuba diver in 1972, and in 1981 received a Charter Recommendation to charter any boat up to 45 feet. 

He and his wife enjoyed traveling extensively in the U.S. and around the world.  His love of gardening, which he inherited from his grandmother, continued through the years. He even built his own small green house. Jim also enjoyed fireworks and started the annual Festival of Trails fireworks display.  He was a member and served as vice-president of the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association.

He was a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, American Lutheran Church in La Porte City and the Masonic Lodge.

But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with this family.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanene of La Porte City; one daughter, Susan L. (Klint Kramer) Robertson of La Porte City; two stepsons, Curt (Janet) Steinquist of Waukesha, Wisconsin, David (Gayle) Steinquist of Winona, Minnesota; one stepdaughter, Shelly (Duane) Gates of Rowley; ten grandchildren, Dallas Powell, Damon Powell, Sarah (Brandon) Dietz, Pedar (Angie) Steinquist, Adam (Nikki Woodward) Steinquist, Drew (Stephanie Rybold) Steinquist, Ben Steinquist, Madison (Jay Schmit) Gates, Alec Gates and Wyett Kramer and one great grandchild on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents.


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  1. Steven Blocker | Mar 16, 2019
    Please accept my condolences. I remember Susan from High School. My mom and dad know him. At times he did my income tax for me. I will miss him. 
  2. Todd Harting | Mar 08, 2019
    Susan and family thoughts and prayers to you..
  3. Kim Hilgendorf | Mar 07, 2019


    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.  You're in our thoughts and prayers.

    Larry & Kim Hilgendorf

  4. Marvin and Sue Hrubes | Mar 06, 2019
    Our prayers and sympathy to the family.
  5. LEROY & ANITA BRAY | Mar 06, 2019

    Sending thoughts and prayers to Jim's family. LeRoy &Anita Bray

  6. CHAD VAN DYKE | Mar 06, 2019
  7. Craig & Deb Gingrich | Mar 06, 2019
    Susan, we were sorry to see this. Your     Dad was an inspiration to so many people. We have his family in our prayers. Love,   Craig and Deb Gingrich
  8. Ann Glime | Mar 06, 2019
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. I have many fond memories of Jim, his parents, and family from my childhood, growing up in the United Presbyterian Church in La Porte City. Jim and his family were vital members of this congregation over the years. I am keeping you all in my prayers...
  9. Sis Leeper | Mar 06, 2019
    Susan, sorry for the loss of your dad. Prayers be with you and your family. 😢
  10. Phyllis Weidemann | Mar 06, 2019

    Susan and family,


    I was very fortunate to have known your dad from school on.  He was a wonderful person and I cared about him a lot.  My thoughts and prayers are sent to you at this time on the loss of your father and grandfather.  

  11. Julie Tjepkes | Mar 05, 2019

    Susan & family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Loved the video tribute! Your dad lived life to the fullest and had a wonderful family to share those times with Him. Take care and God Bless. Love, The Tjepkes

  12. Beth ‘Lee’ Tremaine | Mar 05, 2019


    Sincere sympathy at this time of your loss.

    He was such a proud and loving father and grandfather. 

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