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Ronald "Pop" Roberts

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Ronald "Pop" Roberts Obituary
Ronald Roberts


AGE: 90 • Wilmington

Ronald "Pop" Roberts, age 90 of Wilmington, DE, passed away suddenly at home on Friday, October 16, 2015. Ronald was born in the 40 Acres area of Wilmington, son of the late Albert J. and Christine (Cook) Roberts.

Ronald proudly served in the US Army during WWII as a PFC in Company "E", 359th Infantry, 90th Division, known as the "Tough Ombres". Ronald fought and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and was a Purple Heart and WWII Victory Medal recipient. Upon his honorable discharge, Ronald returned home and began working as a sheet metal mechanic for Automatic Equipment. He and his wife owned and operated their own pizza shop and he later went to work with his son, Ronnie in his auto body shop.

"Pop" as he was known to all, was a big fan of local dirt track racing. He loved going to the races with his family to watch his son, Ronnie Roberts, Jr., race his Z-14 dirt modified at different tracks over 40 years -the last few years only making it to Bridgeport Speedway in nearby New Jersey, where he watched Ronnie and his teammates from his skybox.

Ronald is survived by his children, Christina Wockenfuss (Dink), Ronald Jr. (Fay), Susan Gambacorta (John), Keeli Smentkowski (Paul) and Michael (Stacy); his 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret "Peg" (Copes) Roberts; and his brother, Francis "A" Roberts.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 10:00am - 11:00am. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am with interment to follow in Greenhill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Ronald's family suggests making contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Published in The News Journal from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22, 2015
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