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October 21, 1933 - March 30, 2014

Melvan Dean Roberts, fondly known as Mel or Grandpa Robby, of Olivehurst, CA, passed peacefully with loved ones watching over him on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm in his daughter's home in Auburn, CA. He has gone home to his wife, Fran; his mother, Evelyn; his brothers, Larry and Eugene; his sister, Phyllis; and his grandson, Ben - all whom he loved and missed greatly.

Mel was born at home in Wymore, Nebraska on October 21, 1932 but his birth wasn't recorded until after the winter of 1933 (with the incorrect year).

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a jet engine mechanic on air craft carriers and in the Philippines at a test engine site. Mel married Frances DeWayne Putman in 1960. He retired from the Navy in 1969. His career after the Navy was primarily as a licensed electrician until his retirement.

Mel loved golfing; being with family; storytelling; playing cards and Rummikub; going for breakfast; watching CNN and Fox; and drinking iced tea. If you gambled with him you might lose a few quarters (maybe a little more) or owe him a banana split. He knew how to laugh and enjoy life.

He is survived by his two sisters and one brother and their families in Nebraska â€" Bob Roberts; Marilyn Samuelson; Judy and Eugene Humphreys. Missing him greatly are his two sons and three daughters and their families in California â€" Jerald Putman; Kelly Roberts; Glenna and Mike King; Diane and Fred Soucy; Anne and Jason Forsythe; and many more dear friends and family. During his life, he joyfully welcomed 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren into the world and became "Grandpa Robby" to many more over the years.

No formal services will be held. A celebration of life is planned for the summer.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 13, 2014
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