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Kenneth Brooks Roberts


1929 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Kenneth Brooks Roberts Obituary
KENNETH BROOKS ROBERTS passed away unexpectedly on November 25, 2014 at Riverside Community Hospital with family by his side. He was 85 years old. He was a resident of Riverside, California for over 75 years. Ken was born on November 15, 1929 in Inglewood, California, and preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Buelah Roberts, and a brother Howard Wayne Roberts. He attended Magnolia Grade School, Central Jr. High School, Poly High School, class of 1948, where he was outstanding in basketball, baseball, and football, and attended Riverside City College where he received his associate degree. Ken acquired some special names during his school years, and was known to classmates as "Cool" and the "Sweetheart of Riverside". He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955 as an Aircraft Mechanic, and was stationed at McConnell AFB, Kansas. In 1982 he married Erla H. (!Powell) Roberts. He was employed by Alfred M. Lewis until its closing, and AMI/Core-Mark in Corona where he retired in 1994. In his childhood years he had fond memories of working in the citrus groves with childhood friends. Ken was a people person who enjoyed gatherings with family and friends, loved sports and golfing, Avion Trailer trips across the country, fishing trips with childhood friends, was an avid reader, and especially loved early Riverside history. He enjoyed his summer vacation home in Pennsylvania, where he loved gatherings with family and friends, attending tractor-pulls, and dinners on his stepdaughter's back porch in the country. Ken is survived by a loving wife, Erla H. Roberts of Riverside, CA; a son David Roberts and wife Cathy of Riverside, CA.; a daughter Victoria Kunz of Dayton, NV; a daughter Deborah Jacobs and husband Bob of Riverside, CA; a stepdaughter Kathy Powell of Riverside, CA; a stepson Bruce Powell of Lancaster, PA; a nephew; a niece; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 2 stepchildren from a previous marriage. A Memorial Service will be held at Eden Lutheran Church in Riverside, Ca. on 12/5/14 at 11:00 a.m., with burial in Hadley, Pa. at a later date. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Ken's memory to: Eden Lutheran Church, 4725 Brockton Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506. Arrangements Entrusted to the Care of 9695 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 785-4071. Please go to www.akesfamilyfuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2014
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