Montpelier, Vt. - Norman D. "Jerry" Roberts, 79, of Colonial Drive, Montpelier, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, March 23, 2014, with family at his side at the Central Vermont Hospital.Norman was born Oct. 27, 1934, the son of Francis B. and Barbara Grace (Powers) Roberts of Manchester, N.H. He attended schools in Manchester. After joining the U.S. Coast Guard
, he served overseas during the Korean War
between 1952 and 1956.Jerry married Elaine Plummer in Center Harbor, N.H., on June 8, 1957, and continued his education, graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1960.Norman was actively employed as a claims adjuster/investigator for various insurance companies and as a licensed private investigator in both the public and private sector, including being president of Verity Research Ltd., in Montpelier and vice president of C-R Associates Inc., also in Montpelier. Jerry ended his lengthy career working for Vermont Mutual Insurance Company between 1985 and 1999, from which he retired as the company's general adjuster.Norman was a member of the Aurora Lodge No. 22, F. & A.M. in Montpelier; American Legion Post No. 3; National Rifle Association; Capital Rifle and Pistol Club Inc.; life member of Vermont State Rifle and Pistol Association; International Association of Arson Investigator; past president, Vermont Insurance Fieldman's Association; and former director, Vermont Fire Service Training Council.Jerry is survived by his wife, Elaine, of Montpelier; two sons, Kenneth Roberts and his wife, Judith, of Montpelier; Scott Roberts and his wife, Susan, of Berlin, Vt.; three grandchildren, Katelyn, Allison and Spencer; one great-grandchild, Cameryn; his sister, Delores Haropulos of Manchester N.H.; three nieces, Alexandra Haropulos, Laurel Bailey, Althea Haropulos; and one nephew, Jason Haropulos..
SERVICES: A funeral service and Masonic memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Guare & Sons/Barber & Lanier Funeral Home in Montpelier. There will be no calling hours.Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children at www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org
.Online condolences may be sent to www.guareandsons.com