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March 23, 1970 – Thursday, May 6, 2010

Service Information
Indian Ministries, Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information

Clifford W. “Buzz” Robertson, age 40, of Minneapolis, MN, formerly of Cass Lake, MN, journeyed to the spirit world on May 6, 2010.

Cliff was born on March 23, 1970, to Betty Strong and Marvin Atkinson in Minneapolis, MN. He moved to northern Minnesota with his parents, Rosalyn and Vincent Keahna at the age of three, spending most of his time on the Leech Lake Reservation. He later moved to Elko, NV and returned to Cass Lake for his senior year of high school and worked at Tom’s Resort working with the fish house boys. In 1992, he moved to Minneapolis to work as a Union Roofer and he recently received his CDL license.

Clifford is survived by his mother and father: Betty and Marvin; his parents: Rose and Vince; brothers: Conrad, Canaan and Floyd; sisters: Tish, Sara and Rachel; nephews: Lil’ Conrad and Ike; nieces: Brandi, Gwen, Cleo, Grace, Della, Halle, Kaelyn and Cassidy; special friend: Matalia and the motel boys; many other relatives and friends that loved his smile and gentle nature. Cliff loved children and liked to play bingo and cards with all of his aunties. An outdoorsman, he loved to fish and hunt and also did a great impression of the late John Wind.

Cliff is preceded in death by his grandmothers: Fanny Robertson and Martha Fortman ; grandfathers: Dan RainCloud and Ken Fortman; uncles: George Robertson, Chuck Robertson and Bob “Sonny-Man” Robertson; aunt: Ona Kingbird; and cousins: Nicole and Franklin Robertson, Jr., George Robertson, Jr., Pam Lorusso, Shawn Murray, Mike Robertson, Rachel Armstrong and Julius Schoenborn.

Visitation with an all night wake will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2010, at Indian Ministries, 3045 Park Avenue S, Mpls. and continue until the funeral service. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Indian Ministries.

Interment will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Mpls.

Honorary Casketbearers are Conrad Robertson, Jr., Vincent Keahna, Frank Robertson, Sr., Vernon Robertson, Stanley “Tigger” Strong, Rick Staples, Lee Parmenter and John Herron.

Casketbearers are Conrad Robertson, Sr., Kevin Robertson, Dennis Robertson, John Robertson, Daniel Robertson, Charles Wind, John Wind, Jr., and Charles Mata-Wind.

The Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted, MN is proud to have served the family…

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Connie Croaker Headbird

    I am so sorry to learn of Cliff’s passing. Rose, Vince & Con, please know that my thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time.
    Connie & Family

  2. Gordie Robertson

    To Betty and Rose and all of Clifford’s relatives, so sorry. Please accept my family’s deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow.

  3. Theresa Jourdain

    Dear Family, (Conrad)

    I was reading the Bemidji Pioneer this morning to sadly read of my friend and former classmate’s passing. I am truly sorry for your loss. I wrote Conrad’s name in parantheses only because I know him from school, too. So, Conrad, if you get this, please accept our sympathies and prayers. He was a good friend of ours, the Class of 1988. He was cool!!! Take Care of you and yours.


    The Jourdain Family
    Mac Flats, MN


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