Archie Roberts, 91

Archie V. Roberts, age 91, of Ansley, died Sunday, June 17, at the Nebraska Veterans Hospital in Grand Island.Funeral services will be Friday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ansley, with the Rev. Barbara Spangler officiating. Burial will be in the Ansley Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be Thursday June 21 from 3-8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Ansley United Methodist Church or the VFW Post 3576.Archie was born April 1, 1921, in Waco, to George and Georgia (McCarnin) Roberts. He graduated from Mason City High School. After high school he was employed by the Civilian Conservation Corp and planted trees in the Halsey National Forest.In August, 1942, Archie was drafted into the United States Army where he attended basic training at Fort Bliss in Texas. After basic training the 531st Anti-Aircraft was ordered to California for desert maneuvers. August 1, 1943, in San Bernadino, Calif.., on a 3-day pass, he married the love of his life, Maude Lucas of Litchfield, after a two year romance. Three sons were blessed to this marriage.Archie eventually was shipped overseas and landed on Omaha Beach, June 12, 1944. He remained in Germany until the end of the 2nd World War. During that time he participated in five major battles and campaigns.After the war, Archie and Maude lived for a time in Riverton and Laramie, Wyo. From 1948-1963 they lived in Grand Island and moved to Ansley in 1963, after purchasing the Ansley Dry Cleaning which he ran until his retirement.He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Elks Lodge 1688 Broken Bow, Custer Campers, and the Ansley United Methodist Church.Archie is survived by his wife, Maude of Loup City, formerly of Ansley; three sons, Darrell (Sylvia) Roberts of Elkorn, Gary (Karen) Roberts of Broken Bow, and Tommy (Sharon) Roberts of Ansley; 11 grandchildren 14 great- grandchildren; a sister, Beulah (Duane) Dorman of Powell, Wyo. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; seven brothers-in-law, and three sisters-in-law.Published in Custer County Chief, June 21, 2012