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Larry Delos Roberts

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August 18, 1934 - June 30, 2014 Larry Delos Roberts, age 79, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Monday evening the 30th of June 2014, in the company of his loved ones. Mr. Roberts was born on the 18th of August, 1934 in Spring Valley, North Dakota, the son of farmers Ernest L. Roberts and Mabel Josephine (Vold) Roberts, and reared in and around Raub, North Dakota. He was predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Dr. Carmel Roberts, and his brothers, D-Day paratrooper Gladwin and farmer/rancher Donald Roberts. He is survived by his daughters, Carla Maria Roberts of Los Angeles, CA and Camilla Roberts Hemingway and husband, Andrew D. Hemingway and their children, Andrew and William of Barrington, Rhode Island, and longtime companion Beibei Wu of Los Angeles, CA. He is also survived by his sister, Eunice Rostvedt of Minot, North Dakota and sister-in-law, Lillian Roberts of Parshall, North Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Roberts spent his first nine years of schooling in a prairie one-room school house. After later graduating from Parshall High School, and briefly attending the University of North Dakota, Mr. Roberts left North Dakota to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering in 1958. After spending his early years enduring North Dakota blizzards, Mr. Roberts is rumored to be one of just a handful of MIT students to find Boston winters comparatively balmy. He supplemented his academic education with dance lessons at Miss Wright's Ballroom Dancing School in Boston, a skill he utilized and enjoyed on a frequent basis for the rest of his life. Shortly after graduation from MIT, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the aerospace industry for a number of years. While married with two small children, and working full time, he returned to school in the evenings to earn his MBA from University of California, Los Angeles in 1963 and his JD from the University of Southern California in 1969. Mr. Roberts later enjoyed a long and successful career as an independent investment advisor in the financial services industry. A memorial service will be celebrated at eleven o'clock in the morning on Friday the 18th of July, in the Mortuary Chapel of Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 West Slauson Avenue, Culver City. Mr. Roberts will be buried during a private service in Los Angeles. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in memory of Mr. Roberts may be donated to Kieve Veterans Camp, P.O. Box 169, Nobleboro, Maine, 04555 (www.kieve.org/veterans) or to the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 16 to July 17, 2014
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