EAST PEORIA - Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Roberts, 82, of East Peoria passed away at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Manorcare at Riverview in East Peoria.
Ken was born Sept. 16, 1931, in Spring City, Tenn., to Virgil S. and Rosa E. Kerley Roberts. He married Lorrie Auer in Peoria on May 2, 1981. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Linda (Fred) Joy, and one son, Douglas (Janet) Roberts, both of San Antonio, Texas; one stepdaughter, Sandy (Earl) Cochran of Germantown Hills; one stepson, Dennis (Janet) Bishop of Hellertown, Pa.; two sisters, Irena (W.C.) Daniels and Mary Emma McCollister, both of Spring City, Tenn.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; six stepgrandchildren; and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Brenda Kaye Roberts and Cindy Lou Roberts; and one brother, Robert Roberts.
Ken proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company as a general foreman for 42 years, retiring in 1992.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Creve Coeur.
A funeral service for Ken will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria. Pastor Dwight Winnett will officiate. There will be a visitation prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Creve Coeur.
Ken's memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences may be sent to the family.
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