August 5, 1921 – July 5, 2013
Thane Roberts, 91, of Sugar Land, Tx, and former long-time resident of Amarillo, passed away on July 5, 2013. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 in Memory Gardens Cemetery, I-27 & McCormick Road, Amarillo, TX. Arrangements are by Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors of Amarillo. Mr. Roberts was born August 5, 1921, in Rosebud, Hardin County, New Mexico, to Warner and Elsie Roberts. Thane married June Roberts on February, 2, 1941, in Claude, TX. Thane attended Buchanan Street School and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1939 where he was on the football team. He also attended Amarillo College. He worked in fabrication of building materials until he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1944. He served in the 25th Division Infantry in the Philippines and then in General McArthur’s Honor Guard in Manila and Tokyo until his honorable discharge with the rank of Corporal in 1946. His military awards included Expert Rifleman, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Award and the Bronze Star. He returned to his family and continued his work in the building materials industry in fabrication supervision, sales and customer relations until his retirement in 1983. Thane enjoyed square dancing and couples dancing with his wife June in the early years of their marriage, participating in his sons’ activities such as Scouting and sports, and then golf and bowling on after retirement and into his late 80’s. Thane was preceded in death by his parents, his older sister Thelma and by his wife of 69 years, June. Survivors include his younger sister Cumo Cross of Connecticut; two sons, George M. Roberts and wife Mary Lynn of New Orleans and Pete W. Roberts and wife Sharon of Richmond, TX; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
- Graveside Service Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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August 8, 2013
One of my best memories of my childhood was a trip with my grandma Demerchant down to see her brother Thayne. I was one of the best times I had as a child with Thayne and June and Grammy and Buppa.Thayne was the nicest person. I had only seen 3 other times and everytime looked forward to seeing him. He will be greatly missed. The World lost another great man.
August 5, 2013
I didn't realize Thane lived nearby (I'm in Houston.) I worked with him when he was with Maynard Sash & Door, in the 60s. He was one of the nicest and most memorable guys I ever knew. And one of the funniest.
July 30, 2013
I met Thane at a bank that I previously worked at and he was one of the sweetest men I had ever met. He only wanted me to help him and I looked forward to seeing him everytime that he came in.
He will truly be missed.
July 20, 2013
Sorry to here Thane has passed. Good memories with June and Thane. Wish I could have known when his services were so I could have seen some of the family. Thane live a good life glad to see he lived 91 years. God bless his family.
Ginger Dwight (June's cousin).
July 19, 2013
July 18, 2013
I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Thane's passing. I have very fond memories of spending time with him & Aunt June. My thoughts & prayers are with the rest of the family.
July 17, 2013
My Good thoughts and Prayers are with all of the Family and Friends. T was such a kind and gental gentalman.
Amy Gililland (Civic Center Box Office Friend)
Dana Hampton Bagot
July 17, 2013
I met Thane and June forty-nine years ago when I was only seven and have such fond memories of being in their company and in their home. These memories include watching many spirited 42 games with my dad and June paired against my mother and Thane while I was curled up on the sofa with June's beautiful black cat, Lover. What fun we all had! From watching bowling tournaments to attending Gold Sox games to seeing my first major league baseball game at the Astrodome to a family vacation at the beach, Thane and June were a wonderful part of my life and my parents' lives.
On the day my mother moved back to Amarillo in January 1979 following my dad's passing, Thane took us to dinner that snowy evening at Myer's Fried Chicken. His thoughtfulness was so appreciated since everything we owned was packed, and neither Mother nor I had much experience driving in snow! June had a bowling tournament that night, so we didn't get to see her until the next day. Mother cherished her friendship with Thane and June for the next 30 years. Four years ago, Thane served as one of Mother's pallbearers.
My last time to see Thane was about a year ago. He, along with George and Pete, stopped by my office to visit for a few minutes during their visit back to Amarillo. I will cherish that sweet memory, too.
With love and deepest sympathy to the family,
July 17, 2013
I have fond memories of walking at Western Plaza with Thane and June. June was the fast walker and talker. Last time I saw Thane was at Pancake Station preparing to move to the Houston area. Our loss is God's gain.
Prayers are with the family
July 17, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thane and June lived across from my Mom and Stepdad. They enjoyed years of taking walks around the block or visiting in the front yard. June and Mom were at VA nursing home at same time, both with Alzheimers, neither one knowing the other in their last months together. Now Thane & June can be reunited as our Mom & Dad. Our sympathy to you all. Doris' daughters: Beverly Pinner Stinson and family, Linda Pinner Jones and family, and Toni Pinner Barrett and family and our stepdad Phillip Thomas Huffine