Andrew Jackson McRoberts IV was born to Andrew Jackson McRoberts III and Mary Shafer McRoberts in Malta Bend, Missouri on February 20, 1923. He attended Steele School and graduated from Marshall High School, class of 1941. AJ continued his education at Warrensburg Teacher's College (Central Missouri State), Franklin College (Indiana), Boston University (Mass) and earned a Bachelor's degree in
history. He earned his Master of Arts degree at Hartford Seminary (Hartford, CT).
AJ and Doreen Hartman were married in Jewett City, Connecticut. They moved to Columbia in 1950 and were active members of the community. AJ taught history at Hickman High School, and then developed a building/development company. AJ was owner/broker of McRoberts and Co. where he sold residential and commercial real estate. He specialized in hotel properties.
AJ was very active in the Columbia community. He was a member and served on the Vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church. AJ loved to brag that he had been a member of Calvary longer than any other. He was very politically active, and was a member and past president of the Pachyderm Club. He was on the Boone County Republican committee. AJ enjoyed a good political debate and thought it his civic duty to challenge City Hall and test the young politicians on Missouri political history. He was on the City of Columbia Historic Preservation Commission, and served on the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Arrow Rock. AJ loved his term as vice-president of Missouri Arabian Horse Association.
AJ and Doreen raised their children and lived happily in the same East Campus house for 57 years.
AJ's passion for Missouri history was evident in his love for his 160 year old historic farm, Kosy Grove. He and Doreen spent 40 years of weekends carefully restoring the farm house, lands and stable. He and Doreen retired permanently to his beloved Kosy Grove in 2008. They spent their last years together enjoying the country life, raising crops, and watching the horses and house cats.
AJ was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Katherine McRoberts (1953) and his brother, Ben McRoberts (2000). He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doreen Hartman McRoberts of Kosy Grove, Anne Elizabeth McRoberts (daughter) of Malta Bend and Prairie Village, Kansas, Andrew Jackson (Andy) McRoberts V (son), of Dallas, Texas, grandson, Andrew Jackson (Jack) McRoberts VI of Dallas, Texas and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia, with Fr. Knute Jacobson officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorial graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Malta Bend Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Friends of Arrow Rock or Calvary Episcopal Church in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
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