He was born Aug. 9, 1925, the son of Richard V. and Margaret C. (Schelle) Roberts. He married Bernice T. Schmidt at St. Mary Church in Alton on Nov. 8, 1947.
Mr. Roberts was a 1950 graduate of Shurtleff College in Alton and served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps from 1943-1945. He was employed at Olin Corporation in sales and marketing from 1952-1982. He later accepted an appointment by Bishop Joseph McNicholas to serve as coordinator at Marian Heights Apartments in Alton and served on its board. He was a member of St. Mary Parish, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Alton Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dale and his brother-in-law Gale Aulabaugh. His sister, Marilyn Aulabaugh, died shortly after him on Aug. 8.
Surviving are his wife, Bernice; 10 children and their spouses: Michael and Lisa Roberts of Alton; Father Roberts, pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish in Brussels and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Hardin; Deborah Roberts of Florissant, Mo.; Terri and Rick Martin of Raytown, Mo.; Jim and Stacy Roberts of Bloomsdale, Mo.; Jeff and Sandra Roberts of Dow; Jeanne and Joe Hoefert of Godfrey; Marci and Eric Wendle of Godfrey; Andy Roberts of Alton; Mary and John Johnson III of Pineville, S.C.; 29 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.