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Charles Ross Roberts Obituary
Charles Ross Roberts Colonel (Ret) U.S. Army Feb. 15, 1927 - Dec. 6, 2013 Resident of Pleasanton Charles Ross Roberts passed away at his home with his family by his side at 8:38 am December 6th. Charlie was born in MacAllen, Texas in 1927 and spent a lot of his childhood with his parents and grandparents in Round Rock, Texas. The family settled in Bastrop when he was in 7th grade where he met the love of his life, Johnelle Oldfield. They were married shortly after high school. Johnelle passed away after 53 years of marriage. Together they had 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Mildred Roberts, his sister Janice, his brother Jack and his daughter Amanda. Charlie received his Bachelor's degree at University of Oklahoma and Master's degree from University of Illinois in Civil Engineering. After graduating from Oklahoma as a distinguished military graduate he received a commission in the U.S. Army. He retired after 22 years as the San Francisco District Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers. After his retirement from the Army in 1972 he joined the Bay Conservation and Development Commission first as Chief Planning Officer and later was promoted to Executive Director a position he held until 1979. He was then hired by the Port of Oakland as the Chief Engineer and appointed to the position of Executive Director in 1991. He retired from the Port in 1995. Some of the awards and decorations he received over his distinguished career include two Legions of Merits, two Bronze Stars, Combat Infantry Badge and the prestigious Silver de Fleury Medal, the first medal struck by the Continental Congress in 1779. He was also Past President of Society of Military Engineers, Member of Society of Civil Engineers, Member of American Association of Port Authorities, past president Bay Planning Coalition and appointed by U.S. Congress as a commissioner of The Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses. He is survived by his brother Meade Roberts, his children Charles (Brenda), Rebecca (Kurt), Mary (Tom) and Johnelle (David), as well as his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be buried in the spring at Arlington National Cemetery beside his wife and daughter. There will be a celebration of his life on December 10th, at Scotts Restaurant Jack London Square, Oakland, Ca. at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the , in memory of his wife, Johnelle Roberts, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Dec. 10, 2013
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