‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Si Robertson’s Faith Helped Him Marry His Wife & Still Keeps Him Happy
Silas Roberton, more commonly known as Uncle Si, became one of the most popular stars from A&E’s reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” thanks to his affable personality.
The long-running reality series followed the lives of the Robertson family, as well as their successful business, Duck Commander, which makes duck callers for hunting purposes.
The family is quite big, but Uncle Si stood out thanks to his charming personality and ability to turn any story into a glorious and entertaining tale, which, hilariously, sometimes ends up going nowhere.
Silas Merritt 'Si' Robertson of Duck Dynasty at the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City | Photo: Michael Stewart/WireImage via Getty Images
The show was on the air for 5 years, and at one point, it was the most-watched non-fiction cable series. It ended in 2017 after 11 seasons, but the family just went on with their lives.
According to Si, his son developed PTSD from all the horrible things he saw while deployed.
A LIFETIME OF ADVENTURES
Sillas Merritt “Si” Robertson, better known as Uncle Si, is the sixth of seven children. He has four brothers, Jimmy Frank, Harold, Tommy, and Phil (the owner of Duck Commander), and two sisters, Judy and Jan.
The Robertsons grew up in Vivian, Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech University. However, they ended up dropping out in order to enlist in the U.S Army during the Vietnam war.
Silas Merritt "Si" Robertson at the Evening By Sherri Hill Spring 2014 show at Trump Tower in New York City | Photo: Michael Stewart/FilmMagic via Getty Images
One of Si’s favorite stories from his time serving overseas is that of his mother, who sent him a blue plastic cup inside a pair of boots, which he still uses to this day to drink his beloved iced tea.
Si retired from the Army in 1993 and got a job at his Duck Commander thanks to Phil, and is in charge of fashioning the reeds that are inserted into the duck-calls.
According to him, the job is so easy and he has been doing it for so long that often took naps while at work and distracted other employees out of boredom, much to Phil’s dismay.
After the show ended in 2017, Si teamed up with his daughter-in-law, Marsha, and singer and songwriter Bridgette Tatum to form the group Si & the Sicotics, having released an EP titled "As Seen on TV" in 2018.
The 73-year-old star is also a published author, and his 2013 book, “Si-Cology: 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle” quickly became a New York Times best-seller.
In the book, Uncle Si wrote about his experiences as a war veteran and the effect it had on his mental health, as well as the importance of his faith on his and his family's life.
FAITH AND MARRIAGE
For Si, his faith in God has been the pillar of his happy life, not only when it comes to his own but also the one he shares with Christine Robertson and the rest of the Robertson clan.
He claimed that his belief in God and what He’s done for his family is what has kept him going through all of his life, including overcoming some awkward moments in his marriage without ever considering getting a divorce.
The "Duck Dynasty" star advises young couples to learn how to laugh at their own mistakes and to agree to disagree in some quarrels instead of fighting and arguing about every little issue.
Not only that, but he also pointed out that life is too short, so it is better to keep it simple by just enjoying it and never going to bed angry: when you go to bed at night, kiss each other and tell each other that you love each other."
Si's personal life was never talked about on the show, leading some female fans to approach him with marriage proposals, but the truth is that he has been a married man since 1971.
While talking to ABC News, Si said that his wife is the only woman who has his heart and joked about he had to ask her at least "100 times" to marry him before she finally accepted.
In his book, Si revealed that Christine didn’t want to marry him at first because she had been married once before, and her husband left her being told by a doctor she wasn't able to have children.
Si being Si, told her not to worry about it because doctors don't have the final word and that he believed in "a higher power." Miraculously, they ended up having 2 beautiful children.
The couple tied the knot while he was still in the military, which forced Si to keep traveling back and forth. However, in 1972, he arranged for a fertility doctor from the military to help Christine.
It has been reported that she was diagnosed with Asherman’s Syndrome, a condition in which scar tissues form inside the uterus and can lead to infertility and miscarriages.
Christine underwent surgery the following year and moved to Germany with her husband in 1974. That same year, she became very ill and believed it to be the flu.
She did a pregnancy test following the suggestion of a friend, whose identity is yet to be revealed, and later learn that, unbelievably, she was expecting her first child.
HIS BELOVED CHILDREN
Christine and Si welcomed their first child, daughter Trasa Robertson, in 1975. Two years later, she got pregnant with their second child, but it was a high-risk pregnancy, and the baby was born 7 weeks before his due date.
Baby Scott had to stay in ICU and went under surgery when he was only 3 days old because his liver wasn’t functioning correctly and had high levels of bilirubin.
Eventually, Si and Christine found out that the problem had affected Scott’s brain too, and he has been dealing with mental health issues since he was around five years old, as Si explained:
“He had some serious problems. The doctors finally figured out the medicine he needed, and then everything was fine. Sometimes it’s necessary to medicate.”
As an adult, Scott followed in his father's footsteps and joined the U.S Army. He served a total of eight rounds in Iraq and, upon his return, he was diagnosed with PTSD.
According to Si, his son developed PTSD from all the horrible things he saw while deployed, so much that Scott once came to him asking for help, telling him that he couldn't get those 3 years out of his mind.
Being a veteran, Si knew what Scott was talking about, so he decide to rally for better treatment of fellow veterans: “Look, we send them off to war, okay? We send them over there, and we ought to look after them when they come back."
As for Trasa, she married Kyle Cobern, and after graduating with a political science degree from Texas A&M University, they moved to Burst, his hometown.
There, she eventually became involved in the City Government, serving on the Library Board in 2015, and the City Council since 2016. She’s also a mother to four sons.
FILMING THE SHOW
Recently, during a visit to the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia, the 73-year-old recalled how he loved filming "Duck Dynasty," unlike other members of the family.
Si claimed that the best part was that he literally didn't have to do anything special other than show, drink his iced tea and be himself, while other Robertsons were required to do a little bit of acting.
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