Roberts, David H. Sr., 97, beloved brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Dave was born July 29, 1916 to George and Nina Roberts of Wichita, KS. He was the eldest of four children. Dave attended McCormick School and Allison Intermediate before graduating from East High in 1935. Once graduated, Dave pursued his passion of woodworking, and became a cabinet maker for Rich & Hibbs Cabinet Shop before beginning his employment with the Wichita Post Office as a Letter Carrier. His employment was interrupted when he left to serve in WWII. He served in the Army from April 11, 1942 until being honorably discharged in Oct.1945. Over 3 years were spent in the South Pacific as a Corporal serving as the Company Clerk in the 670th Medical Clearing Company attached to the 158th Infantry, known as the Bushmasters. They were the first unit to wear camouflage uniforms. He participated in the campaigns of Bismarck, Archipelago, South Philippines, and New Guinea Islands. He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Bronze Star, American Theater Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal. On April 1, 1949 he married the love of his life, Joyce Elaine Ireland in Wichita, KS. They moved to Arkansas in 1985 to their home on Beaver Lake. In 1992 he moved to Mulvane, KS following the loss of his wife, Joyce. He worked for 32 years for the United States Postal Service and was active in West Side Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and Trustee. He was a Cub Scout Leader and spent countless hours using his woodworking skills for the church. While in Arkansas, Dave and Joyce were active members of Beaver Lake Baptist Church. His final church home was First Presbyterian Church of Derby where he handcrafted the wooden crosses for the choir. He stayed busy by attending his grandchildren's school events, reading, bowling, and walking. Dave knew no strangers and would greet every new neighbor with a handmade gift. In May of 2007, Dave, along with his children, flew to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial, a trip he would never forget. Dave is survived by his brother, Paul Roberts of Wichita; sister, Joanne Barton of Sarasota, FL; and his children Linda Buchanan (Richard) of Wichita, David Roberts, Jr. of Wichita, and Gayle Delzer (Tom) of Plevna, KS; six grandchildren, one step-grandchild and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce; daughter Lois Jean, granddaughter Suzanne Buchanan; and brother King Roberts. Visitation will be Thursday, March 6 from 2 8 p.m., with family present from 5 7 p.m. at Culbertson Smith Mortuary 115 S. Seneca, Wichita, KS. A service to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 324 N. Baltimore, Derby, KS. A memorial has been established for Heartspring.
115 South Seneca Wichita, KS 67213
Published in The Wichita Eagle from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2014