OBITUARY

Thomas Roberts

August 2, 1937February 20, 2021
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Thomas Edward Roberts was born August 2, 1937, to Zack and Evelyn Roberts. He married Jane Ann Croddy July 7, 1956 and they created a beautiful life together. Tom passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones on February 20, 2021 at 5:20 am. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Ann Roberts, his son Michael Thomas Roberts, his parents, his parents-in-law, two brothers-in-law, one nephew and one niece. He will be sorely missed by his son, Timothy (Marcy) Roberts, grandson Nathan Dutton, his daughter, LeAnn (Erik) Mann, his granddaughter Jainee Brooks (great-grandson Jaxon Taylor) his grandson Vance Thomas Clark, and his step grandchildren Erik and Sara Mann. Tom hired in at the Chrysler Die cast plant in 1962 and retired in 1994 to care for and spend time with his terminally ill wife. There will be a Celebration of Tom's life held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home on February 27, 2021 from 11 am - 1 pm.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Cyndi Maples

February 24, 2021

My love and prayers to the Robert's family as you grieve Uncle Tom's passing and celebrate his life.

I am forever grateful to Uncle Tom and Aunt Jane for all their love and support through the years. Uncle Tom will always fill my heart with great memories from teaching me to drive a stick shift, peanut butter on waffles and pancakes, church/faith, haircut offerings in a pinch, jokes, multi-faceted DIY skills and most of all, being caring, loving and thoughtful to his family, friends and the world.

Love,
Cyndi (Wylie) Maples

Marilyn Lambert Wooldridge

February 23, 2021

To Tommy's family,
So sorry about the loss of Tommy. I have so many fond memories of him, especially while growing up together. We shared a close friendship as well as being first cousins. We worked together as well. Tommy & Lawrence Lambert, my brother, and I bailed hay together many times. Tommy & Lawrence loaded the hay wagon and I drove the tractor, this was on our farm which was close to where Tommy's family lived.
Tommy lived a Christian Life. He was a blessing to all who knew him. My deepest sympathy to each of you. Hopefully, your treasured memories together will help sustain you in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers to all of the family.
Please notify me of the Funeral or Memory Service that is planned. Lawrence and I would like to attend. Thank you.

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Biography

Thomas Edward Roberts (Dad) was born on August 2, 1937 to Zack and Evelyn Roberts. He grew up in rural Howard County in Indiana. He was the youngest of 4 children. His siblings were Donnell, who precedes him in death and two sisters Sue and Maxine who survive,
Dad enjoyed helping on their farm and helping Grandpa with his garden. Being raised the way he was surely contributed to his love of the outdoors and the fact that he was not afraid of and actually enjoyed hard work. Dad has kept a garden for the past 20 years and he always kept busy. He always enjoyed spring time trips to the gardening center to get plants and seeds for the garden and flowers for me to plant. That was something we did together every year.
Dad also loved horseback riding. His riding buddies were our Uncle Steve, who precedes Dad in death and Thomas Black. Tom is married to our cousin Debbie. Dad and Tom hit it off the first time they met and they would ride together and help each other out on our properties. They could get themselves into a fix at times. Dad and Tom took a trip to Tennessee for Tom and Debbies wedding. They decided to take the horses on the Appalachian Trail, spent too long up there, and before long it was too dark for them to get back to the cabins. They had to stay on the trail all night, causing quite a bit of worry for Debbie and Aunt Sue. Luckily, they made it through the night and returned to the cabin in the morning,
Dad met Mom when she was 15 at a party for a mutual friend. He saw Mom and told his Buddy, "That is the girl I'm going to marry". The problem was Mom couldn't stand him. She thought he was a show off and an a**! But Dad was persistent and kept asking her out. He would even visit her at her job at Tony's diner and pester her for a date. She finally gave in to get it over with and he would leave her alone. They were together after that first date. He must have made a good impression.
Dad and Mom were married on July 7, 1956. They had three children Michael, who precedes Dad in death and Timothy and LeAnn. They built a beautiful life together. I never heard my parents raise their voices to each other .We had a happy home and were well taken care of. We had great family get togethers and took many family vacations.
Dad began working at the Chrysler Die Cast plant in 1962. He was a skilled trade furnace repair man. Before that he was the produce manager at a grocers..
Dad loved his coffee. He worked all day around those furnaces where the temperatures could reach well above 100 degrees. then he'd come home and drink coffee in the middle of the summer while working outside. Tim told me Dad said that drinking hot coffee in hot weather regulated his body temperature. I don't know where he got that idea, but it worked for him!
Dad had a great sense of humor and came up with crazy phrases and stories. He invented an new car color called "turd knuckle brown". He liked to say even a blind chicken gets a piece of corn now and then. He also would always tell me that you can hear the corn grow at night. One time Tim and I were fighting over a basketball. Dad got tired of hearing it, took the ball from us, cut it in half with his pocket knife and handed each of us a half. We were stunned!
Dad loved family get togethers at home or at one of the cottages, he loved vacationing with family. He really enjoyed fishing, and was very good at it. He loved the fishing trips he, our uncles, other family members, and friends took every year or so. They always came back with a lot of fish and we would have fish frys for everyone.
Dad retired from Chrysler in 1994 to take care of and spend time with Mom, who was terminally ill. He took care of her at home. With his own two hands, and help from hospice and family, He did it out of pure love for Mom so she could die at home surrounded by those she loved and loved her. Tim told me that he thought he knew what a real man was until he saw how Dad took care of Mom. THAT he said showed him what a real man is.
Dad loved movies and books about the old west. He especially loved Louis Lamour books. He talked Tim into reading some of them. When he was done Dad asked how he liked them, Tim told him they were alright but they were all the same. Dad asked him what he meant by that, Tim told him that in every book there was a girl, gold, a good guy and a bad guy and the good guy always got the gold and the girl. Dad got indignant and said, "Well, that's the way it should be!"
While Mom was passing away she made me promise to take care of Dad. She made Dad promise to take care of Jainee and I. Neither of us knew that at the time. Dad helped me get through nursing school. He raised his grandchildren alongside me. He was the father figure in their lives. And he loved us and was so good to us. We loved him, in turn and took care of him.
Dad was generous, giving and patient without fault. If anyone needed anything, they'd call on Dad. He never knew and enemy and never bore hard feelings towards anyone, He loved his family beyond measure and his family returned that love.
May people in this day and age would think that Dad lived a dull, ordinary, even boring life. But that is not the truth. Dad lived a beautiful life and gave the ones he loved a beautiful life.


I took care of Dad at home rather than send him to hospital or long term care. I could not have gotten through this without the help of my son, Vance who had to see things that frightened him and do things to help that probably made him feel uncomfortable. He has been so brave through all of this. Jainee, my daughter is my helper and is a soft place or me to land when things get too hard. Qualities that I am certain are due to the influence of their "Papaw" on their characters.
My husband offers me comfort when I can't take anymore and would help care for Dad, also.
My brother would come and sit with us and watch over Dad and bring us what we needed.
My sister-in-law is literally a God send. She braved horrible weather to bring medical supplies that I needed for Dad. She helped me through Michaels illness and death and she is doing the same for me now. Her heart is so big and she is so giving and forgiving. I am thankful to God I've had hers and Nathans support during all of this.
I have also gotten much help and emotional support from my cousin Debbie and Tom. Without her words of wisdom and encouragement and Toms quiet ways and generosity this would have been even more difficult.
Velma Clarks compassion and words of wisdom have given me strength to get through this. Brad Clark has helped by bringing food that he and his family provided for my family so we wouldn't have to worry about cooking.
Our Aunt Marilyn Wylie has offered wisdom and many kind words of comfort to me during all of this and I deeply appreciate it.

We are all going to miss Dad terribly, but his suffering is over and he is at peace. I am positive he was embraced by God and Mom as soon as he got to where he was going. Heaven.