KINGSTON — David Joseph Roberts, 81, of Kingston, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at Commonwealth Hospice Inpatient Unit at Regional Hospital, Scranton, following a brief illness.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Andrew William and Margaret Barnhart Roberts. He was a graduate of Dallas High School. Dave served his country as a radio operator in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.
All of his life, Dave was a hard worker, a creative inventor and a problem solver. He resided in Hamburg, New Jersey, from 1969 until 1997, and lived in Kingston from 1997 until he recently became a resident of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his wife of 52 years, the former Joan Ann Bonner, the love his life, who passed away in 2009. Also preceding him were sisters, Margaret Hadsall, Leona Williams and Rose Marie Roberts; and brothers, William LeRoy, Arthur and Jack Roberts.
Surviving are sons, David Joseph Roberts II (Lisa Castro), Philadelphia, and Andrew William Roberts (Amy Roberts), Sparta, New Jersey; daughter, Dr. Andrea Roberts (John Shaw), Middletown, Connecticut; sister, Evelyn Schulz, Dallas; 26 nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the doctors, nurses and staff at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, the Commonwealth Hospice Inpatient Unit at Regional Hospital and all those who cared for Dave in the final years of his life.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. The Rev. Judy L. Walker will officiate. Interment with military honors will be held in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the services Saturday at the funeral home.
One of Dave and Joan's favorite pastimes was visiting the exhibits and riding the trains at Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to the Locomotive Restoration Fund, Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society Inc., P.O. Box 3452, Scranton, PA 18505-0542.