Bob Roberts, RIP

Robert (Bob) Roberts died December 2, 2013.


Robert T. “Bob” Roberts
January 30, 1928 – December 2, 2013
Resident of Denver, Colorado

Robert T. “Bob” Roberts, 85 years of age, of Golden, Colorado. Passed away on December 2, 2013.

Bob was born January 30, 1928 in Wichita, Kansas, to Louis S. Roberts (b. 1895, Waverly, KY; d. 1981, Wichita, KS) and Josephine McDonald Roberts (b. 1901, Wichita, KS; d. 1994, Wichita, KS). Sisters: Jodie Roberts Whelan (1926-2002), spouse Harry; Menlo Park, CA); Thadene (Terry) Roberts Malone (1932- ), spouse Emmett; Denver, CO); Mary Louise (Annie) Roberts Tinker (1934- ), spouse Robert (1931-1986); Wichita, KS); and Sophie Roberts Goethals (1938-1981), spouse Jim; Sturgis, MI).

He attended Maur Hill School in Atchison, KS, and received a BA in Biology in 1950 from Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL), and a BS in Geological Engineering in 1958 from the Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO).

He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 as Sergeant in Charge of artillery fire direction, and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska at Ft. Richardson.

After graduating from the School of Mines, he and his family lived in Golden, CO and Wheatridge, CO, for many years, during which time he worked as a civil engineer on numerous water and sewer projects throughout Colorado. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Professional Engineers of Colorado.

Bob lived in the family’s summer home in Woodland Park, CO, for many years before returning to Denver in 2011. His last residence was at Clermont Park, a Christian retirement community in Denver.

He was for many years the main family historian for the extended Roberts family and conducted numerous research trips to Kentucky and Maryland. His ancestors included members of a group of Catholic families led by Basil Hayden from Maryland to Kentucky in 1785.

Bob is preceded in death by wife Patricia Morley (Pam) Roberts (b. 1927, Kansas City, MO; m. July 14, 1951, Colorado Springs, CO; d. 1971, Denver, CO), and son John Christopher (Chris) Roberts (b. 1953, Wichita, KS; d. 2001, Lakewood, CO).

Survived by wife Jeanne Nyberg of Winter Park, Florida (m. 1997); children Chug (Alexandria, VA), Sophia Mullen Smith (Lakewood,CO), Mike (Arlene) (Golden, CO), Robin Fabrizio (Denver, CO), Mark (Peggy) (Littleton, CO), and Melissa Markel (Robert) (Lakewood, CO); 22 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters Terry Malone & Annie Tinker.

22 grandchildren:
Chug: Yi Wah (Alexandria, VA); Yiming Meghan (San Francisco, CA); and Caitlin (Alexandria, VA).
Chris: Becky (Steven) Backo (Henderson, CO); Alisha (Jon) Luciano (Arvada, CO); Patty (Larry) Valdez (Tempe, AZ); and JC (Lakewood, CO).
Sophia: Louis Mullen (Emily) (Denver, CO); Nicole Mullen (Denver, CO); and Matthew Smith (Grand Junction, CO)
Mike: Lindsey (Mark) Harris (Naples, FL); and Julia (Lakewood, CO).
Robin: Thomas (McKenzie) (Memphis, TN); Michael (Denver, CO); and Annie (Denver, CO).
Mark: Katie, Molly, Joseph, and Kelly (all of Lakewood, CO).
Melissa: Carrie (Kansas City, MO); Madison (Lakewood, CO); and Gabe (Lakewood, CO).

11 great-grandchildren:
Becky Backo: Tavin, Macie, and Kaylyn (Henderson, CO)
Alisha Luciano: Max (Arvada, CO)
Yi Wah Roberts: Jonathan Roberts (Woodbridge, VA); and Chan Biddle (Alexandria, VA).
Louis Mullen: Barrett, Charlize, and Lilliana (Denver, CO)
Patty Valdez: Asher (Tempe, AZ)
Nicole Mullen: Ashby (Denver, CO)

A Rosary and Funeral Mass for Bob will be held at 9:30 AM on Friday, December 6, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 969 Ulysses Street, Golden, Colorado. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. (Find A Grave)

Memorial donations to the Porter Hospice Foundation, 1391 Speer Blvd., Suite 600, Denver, CO 80204.

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The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (2-page PDF)

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