PITTSBURG, Kan. —
Dwight Roberts was born on March 21, 1931; he passed from this life at 12:55 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2012, at the age of 81.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, Kan., at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, followed by a period of visitation. Dwight will then return to his home state, where family and friends will gather at Lux Memorial Chapel, Rantoul, for a funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2012; family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. He will be interred in Partlow Cemetery, Armstrong. A place beside him is prepared for his wife of 60 years, Geraldine (Hogue) Roberts. The graves of his father and mother (Everett and Lavonna Roberts) and his grandparents are nearby, as are the graves of Bessie and Buford Hogue.
He leaves two sons, Geren (Judy) and their children Heather (T.J. Schlittler), Dustin (Stacy) and Ashley, and Steven (Marcia) and children Andy (Lauren), Jaclyn and Lauren. He leaves three daughters, Linda; Jennifer; Susan (Joe Wallace) and children Kendra, Kyle (Anna), and Katelyn (Randy). He also is survived by six great-grandchildren; his brother Gerald (Genny) of Penfield; and six nephews and nieces, Tom, Carol, Brian, Rhonda, Tracy and Larry.
Dwight served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1954, and he was active in the U.S.S. Windham Bay Reunion Group. He will be remembered for his time as president of the group and his role as auctioneer for their annual auction, a skill he developed at Reisch Auction School, Mason City, Iowa. He farmed in the Illinois communities of Ludlow and Gifford and operated Roberts Oil Company in Collison. He served the Armstrong Township High School as an active member of the school board from 1971 – 1984, and he served Harwood Township (Champaign County) as supervisor and road commissioner.
In 1985, he moved to Pittsburg, Kan., where he fulfilled a life-long dream of becoming a pilot, and he joined the Girard Flying Club. He loved music and enjoyed worshipping with and serving as song leader for the church of Christ in Pittsburg, Kan. As a young man, he played trumpet with the Dream Beats. He traveled extensively, beginning with trips on the Windham Bay and continuing with driving and camping trips through each state and the provinces of Canada. His travels took him to six continents. Now he is at rest.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to Caring for Kenya, a faith-based humanitarian 501c3 organization that shares God’s love through agriculture, education, health care, water and community development to the needy people in mountainous eastern Kenya. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, Kan., 66762. E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg, Kan.