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Earl J. Roberts

Grass Lake, Michigan

Jul 12, 1925 – Nov 11, 2017


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Sherwood Funeral Home - Grass Lake Obituary

Earl John Roberts died in his home in Grass Lake, MI on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the age of 92. He was born on July 12, 1925 in Morrisville, NY. He married Ruby Vernon and together they had two children, Eric and Brett. Earl was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division during WWII. He...

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Dear Ruby, Brett & Eric, We just received your Christmas card only to find out about your terrible loss. We aften talk about our time spent in the apartment in your house when we were first married. Moving so far away from home, your family greeted us with opened arms and welcomed us as family. We felt s "at home". Rick thought the world of Earl.Ruby please take care of yourself. Accept and embrace the help of others to get you through this difficult time. I wish we lived...

Mrs. Roberts, Brett and Eric,
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Roberts was a good man and I will remember him with warmth. My thoughts are with you and your family.

I was a student of Mr. Roberts in the late 50's at East Jackson High School and will always remember his great sense of humor. My prayers go out to his family.

Ruby, Eric, Brett, and families: My husband and I enjoyed seeing and talking with your husband and father. He was a kind, great man and will be missed by all who knew him. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

How do I pay tribute to my brother in a few short sentences? He was intelligent, personable..stood out from the crowd..a commanding presence. No one can take his place. But on a personal level he inspired me, her was always there for me and he was always happy to see me.
I pray for God's comfort for Ruby, Eric and Brett who he loved dearly.

To Ruby, Eric, Brett and family: You were very lucky to have a husband and father who was so talented and who leaves such a legacy. Earl never really 'retired' as an educator, he simply chose a new path to explore and to share these experiences with those he met. He was a demanding teacher but also respected for his knowledge and love for the English (and French) language. He creatively shared this in his books of poetry. He could also be a sensitive man who kindly greeted people on the...

I was a student of Mr. Roberts in the early '70s. He pushed me to become an aggressive learner and never accept just doing "well" in a class. I agree with someone else who wrote in that Mr. Roberts "demanded excellence". That he certainly did. My drive to excel carried over through my life as a student in college and then in my own career as a teacher.

Mr. Roberts, you were a Master Teacher and I will never forget the impact you made on my life. Because of you...

Mrs. Roberts, Brett and Eric,
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. It's never easy losing someone you love, especially a good man like Mr. Roberts.

Brent and Cindy Elliott

Uncle Earl, I will miss you greatly. You always encouraged Cindy and I to use our imaginations. As kids we would play in your house with the spiral staircase and I would just wait until I could find that secret passage wardrobe that would lead to Narnia! Bret and Eric were great playmates. He will be missed. Love ,