Junior E. Roberts, 83, of rural Eddyville, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
He was born Dec. 4, 1927, at Kimball, to Ray and Amelia (Mikkelson) Roberts. Junior grew up and attended school in Weld County, Colo., and moved to Eddyville after marrying Sarah M. (Warner) Wiley Nov. 12, 1977, at Eddyville.
Sarah brought three children to the marriage; Wes, Sandra and Barbara. Junior so enjoyed having a large family, and spending time with the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Junior’s nieces and nephews have always also held a special place in his heart.
Junior proudly served his country in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict from Jan. 18, 1952, until his honorable discharge Jan. 17, 1954.
He farmed and raised cattle and enjoyed being outdoors and taking care of his livestock.
Junior is survived by his three stepchildren, Wes (Kay) Wiley of Lexington, Sandra (Kenny) Burr of Sumner, and Barbara (Dave) Burr of Eddyville; two sisters, Mary-ann Frederick of Kimball, and Dorothy Jean (Herb) Eckas of Greeley, Colo.; 10 step-grandchildren; 18 step-great-grandchildren and three step-great-great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Junior was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sarah, in 2008; sister, Elsie Farley, and two brothers-in-law, Doug Frederick and Keith Farley.
The family has honored Junior’s wishes that his body be cremated. There will be no visitation.
A Memorial Celebration of Life was Monday, Oct. 24, at the Eddyville Community Center in Eddyville, with the Rev. Doug Jones officiating. There will also be Military Honors by the Sumner/ Eddyville American Legion. Memorials are suggested to the Eddyville Community center, the Eddyville Fire Department or the Sumner Rescue Unit.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements. Please direct online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
Published in Custer County Chief, Oct. 27, 2011