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William K. Roberts Jr. Obituary

William Knight Roberts Jr., 89, of Yuba City passed into heaven on May 8, 2015 following a short illness.

He was born July 25, 1925 in Dunbar, West Virginia to William Knight and Lula Ethel Roberts.

A proud veteran of WWII, he served as a Gunners Mate Third Class on the USS Sigsbee DD-502 from 1943-1945. He retained relationships with surviving crew members and their families.

He was a Civil Engineer beginning his career in West Virginia in 1947, retiring from Caltrans in 1984. Following his retirement, he continued as a Consulting Engineer on various projects from 1986-1993.

A talented, accomplished musician and performer, he played many instruments, his passion being the fiddle. In his own words, "To me, my music is a gift of talent from God". He was affiliated with the California State and National Old Time Fiddlers Associations.

Bill was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Yuba Sutter Amateur Radio Club, Western Public Service System 3.952MHz, and held life memberships in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Tin Can Sailor's Association and the American Legion.

Bill is survived by his wife of 18 years, Edith Roberts; son William Knight (Norma) Roberts III; daughters Martha Johner and Sally (Ted) Karnegas all of Yuba City; sister Emma Nichols, Cocoa, FL; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by wife Martha Laferty Fitch, daughter Mary Lou Turner, son Kenneth Laferty, parents William Knight and Lula E. Roberts, and sisters Mary Hennan, Alice Phillips and Nancy Lacy.

A memorial service will be held at 10am, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Chapel of the Twin Cities, 715 Shasta Street, Yuba City, CA.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on May 12, 2015
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