George A. "Bud" Roberts

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George "Bud" A. Roberts June 3, 1932 – May 18, 2011 George "Bud" A. Roberts, age 78, of Grand Junction passed away at 1:36 p.m., May 18, 2011 peacefully at home surrounded by family. His last days were made comfortable by in-home hospice care provided by Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado. He was born on June 3, 1932 in Parker, South Dakota to Oliver and Neva Roberts. He married Doris Hannigan on May 19, 1980 in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was previously married to Lela Jean Raff and they raised four children together. Bud spent his childhood and formative years in Belton, Missouri where he graduated from Belton High School. He was drafted into the US Army in 1953 and served in Korea. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle along with numerous other accommodations for his service in the Korean War. Upon returning home in 1956, Bud worked as a Color Ink Matcher for Sinclair and Valentine Ink Company in Kansas City, Missouri, Oakland, California, and Phoenix, Arizona. In 1965 he decided to try his hand at ranching and moved to Mesa, Colorado and then to DeBeque, Colorado where he worked as a rancher for 12 years. Bud made another career change in the mid-70's and went to work for Occidental Oil Company working at the Logan Mountain Oil Shale Retort Facility outside DeBeque. Bud completed his long career working as a Supervisor at the Oil Refinery in Loma, Colorado. Bud's passion was family, horses, and fishing. He was a member of New Life Church and also created many friends during the 12 years he ushered at The Fellowship Church in Grand Junction. Bud is survived by three sons and one daughter, Dan Roberts of Littleton, Colorado; John Roberts of Longmont, Colorado; Jim Roberts of Kingwood, Texas, and Danette Inman of Palisade, Colorado; 12 grandchildren, Kira Roberts, Clarita Inman, Maria Inman, Daniel Roberts, Michael Roberts, Kadie Seitz, Calvin Roberts, Melissa Roberts, Nic Roberts, Anna Roberts, Tony Roberts, Max Roberts, and one great-grandchild, Victoria Roberts. Bud also revered his son-in-law, Jerry Inman and his three daughters-in-law, Linda Roberts, Bren Roberts, and Debbie Roberts. His marriage to Doris created life-long friendships with Doris' two daughters and one son-in-law, Gail Fogg of Glade Park, Colorado, and Lynn Hannigan and Tom Sanford of Grand Junction, Colorado. Bud truly treated all as family and especially treasured his 30 year friendship with Tom. Bud is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Frankie Stark and Bert Ann Roberts. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday May 23, 2011 at Callahan-Edfast Funeral Home. A burial service with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on May 22, 2011
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