Cecil L. Roberts died Friday, May 26, 2017, in Tucson, Arizona, surrounded by his family. He was formerly of Kokomo, Indiana. He and his wife relocated to Tucson in September 2016 to be nearer their two sons.
Cecil was born Sept. 25, 1922, to his parents, Carl D. Roberts and Nelle Lewis Roberts, in Boomer, Missouri. They moved back to Indiana shortly after, and Cecil was raised n Owensburg, Indiana. Cecil and his wife, Hazel Guess Roberts, had been married over 75 years.
He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Kokomo and attended St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Tucson. He formerly owned Moon Welding and Machine Corp. until he retired and sold it in 1981.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer. He and his wife fished in Canada for 43 years in a row until they bought a house on Lake Michigan, where he fished for salmon every day. They spent six months of 16 years in their home in Florida, where he golfed almost every day. One of his greatest joys was sharing his trophy room with classes of elementary-grade students and Boy Scout troops, as well as friends. He hunted in the Northwest Territories in the Arctic Circle, where he shot a 10-foot-tall polar bear, which he donated to the Children's Museum in Indianapolis. He also donated several animals to the Marion-Wabash school system.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Hazel, is their daughter, Alyce Jane (George) Taylor; son, Allan Lewis (Greta) Roberts; son, Dr. Carl R. Roberts; daughter-in-law, Jaruwan (Stephen) Williams; and special family friend, Kent Smith; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Roberts will be cremated, according to his wishes, and a private memorial will be at a later date.
Published on June 5, 2017