Tom Roberts, age 59, died Monday, February 24, 2014, in rural Meade County, Kansas.
He was born July 17, 1954, at Cottage Grove, Oregon, the son of Amon Marion “Cotton” and Isola Ameila (Ward) Roberts. As a young boy he moved with his family from Arkansas to Meade, and has been a resident for over fifty years. He was an Equipment Operator II for the State of Kansas Department of Transportation for thirty-eight years. In addition to his career with the state of Kansas, he was the animal control officer for the City of Meade; and worked as a handyman for several families in the Meade area, including Bill and Teresa Cottrell.
He was a member of the Meade Fire Department for thirty-three years; attended the Emmanuel Mennonite Church; and was a former Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, driving the antique fire truck for Christmas in the park; and spending time with his family and friends.
On March 8, 1974, he married Lola Goodale at Englewood, Kansas. She survives.
Other survivors include:
A son, Chris Roberts of Pueblo, Colorado
His mother, Isola Roberts of Meade, Kansas
Two brothers, Bill Roberts of Grandbury, Texas
John Roberts of Meade, Kansas
Six grandchildren, Tyson Hailey, Jaimee Hailey, Kaelan Roberts, Christopher Roberts,
Mikaylea Roberts, and Trenton Roberts
A great-grandchild, Sophia Castillo
He is preceded in death by his father and a brother Terry Lee Roberts.
Celebration of life services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade, with the Reverend Ken Harder presiding. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment will follow in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.