Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home & Cemetery

2601 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA


Keith Gilbert Roberts

March 3, 1964July 19, 2020


Keith Gilbert Roberts, 56, passed away comfortably at St. Joseph’s Memorial Hospital on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Keith was a loving father and dedicated friend who will be forever missed. Thankfully they broke the mold when Keith was born to the late John and Billie Roberts on March 3, 1964. Being born the middle of eight brothers and sisters shaped Keith’s formative years and resulted in a lifetime of strong bonds and goofy antics, as he led his siblings through obnoxious pranks and late nights of fun adventures and laughter. His fun-loving nature was known to all, often accompanied by his one-of-a-kind laugh and huge smile.

He first met his great love, Melissa, when he was just 12-years old and they went on to have a nearly 30-year partnership. His proudest accomplishment in life were their three children, Cristy, Kayla and Arden, who are left with decades of fond and colorful memories from late-night fishing trips, living-room concerts (mainly featuring Johnny Cash), all-night poker games, road trips, too many creative meals to count, and general antics and life’s lessons.

Keith was the life of the party and never met a stranger. While he had a tough exterior, it was unable to mask his huge heart and loving nature. He dedicated his life to raising his children and welcomed every friend and neighbor to the dinner table, or more often to bum a smoke and have a chat. He was steadfast, having never lost an argument in his life. His words, not ours. You would have wanted to come back as one of his cats, and not ever one to fear breaking the rules, had snuck his beloved cat Boogie into his hospital room on many occasions.

Keith is also survived by his four brothers, Johnny, Clifford, Jimmy, and Timmy; two sisters, Brenda and Linda; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 1, at the Rio Nido Roadhouse, where he enjoyed his daughter Kayla’s home-cooked meals. Lunch will be served as Keith felt no get-together was complete without food (or more accurately, dessert, to fill his enormous sweet-tooth). Feel free to be as late as you'd like since Keith was never known to be on-time or keep a schedule. While he despised being the center of attention, his family welcomes your stories about Keith and would love to hear them all and celebrate his kindness and good spirit.


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Keith Gilbert Roberts

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Melissa Kilstrom

July 24, 2020

Those we love remain with us
for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone.

Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, far as long as there is memory, they’ll live on in the heart.

Emely Jeanpierre

July 24, 2020

Hey bro
I feel u watching us up there
Maybe crying
Maybe laughing ur ass off as was ur wont
I miss u already
U were my bro from another lifetime
This one too just not by blood
I'm so glad I got to see u Friday
I hope u r at peace
I know u were repentant at last thank God
In retrospect I wish I had hugged or kissed u goodbye
I knew it was different this time when u said u were dying
Ur heart carried for so long....
Arden Christy Kayla Melissa bugsy
U guys have only to ask and I'll be right there
I'll help u w anything u need
A memory huh
Something appropriate for here
Well that wipes out a bunch ha ha ha
Maybe Arden and the hatchet
Maybe u me and Dusty Rhodes going to Washington
No my favorite
Ok so u had irritated me over something I can no longer remember
So I got my purse in hand cuze I knew I'd be running
Went to the bathroom LOADED up my hands w Nair
U were at kitchen table w ur back to me
I came up rubbed Nair in but good
Ur howling at me I book out front door barley registering the mouths hanging open and u r hot on my heels
Fast for an old man I remember thinking
And at that second johhy law drives by real slow and we both go from a dead run to a slapstick fast walk
And I can hear u start to laugh cuze u knew u were got
That was ur big heart
Course I didn't come back for at least six months
I'm crying like a baby but I'm sure u can see that
See ya when I get to the other side
Love ya my bro

James Roberts

July 23, 2020

Kieth, I’m going to miss you very much. Thank you for being my big brother. You were always there for me. My fondest memories were of us playing Marbles, hot wheels and as we grew it went from marbles and hot wheels two mini bikes and go carts, then motorcycles we always had a good time remember riding your motorcycle up in Washington? You tried to teach me how to ride.Then it went to cars thank you so much for letting me tagalong with you and your friends taking me cruising with you guys up and down fourth Street and Petaluma Boulevard we had some great times didn’t we? Working on your hot rods trucks and van we would get in arguments because I didn’t like to get my hands greasy but you made me do it. you taught me well my brother and I love you very much for it. We grew Older and had children and hearbreak, joy, Great times! Like I said I’m going to miss you very much we all will. I will miss you my buddy I will miss you my friend my love for you will never end. You know I’m going to talk to you every now and again you might not be able to answer back but I know you can hear love you Kieth. Oh and Kieth I loved going fishing with you all the Time fishing lake Ralphine as boys great times brother until I see you again rest in peace.

My deepest condolences to my sister Melissa her children my brothers children Christy, Kayla and Arden I love you guys and I am so sorry for your loss.

Sincerely James P Roberts a.k.a. Jimmy Kieth‘s little brother.
PS say hi to mom dad Mark granny and Lonnie say Hi to everyone!

Linda del Castillo

July 23, 2020

As I mentioned previously , my condolences to family & friends. Keith was a hard teacher but got his messege through. He was a nice friend to have. Sincerely, Linda

Ken Grubb

July 22, 2020

I meet Keith when he and his family first move into the block house. I always had a sale set up down the road from him and he came to about every one of them. There for we got to know each other pretty good, I need something to fix something he'd have it and the other way around as well. Keith did become a good friend and we did a lot of work together along with Bugsy and good old Dusty Roads. Keith my friend go fast to the good place . we'll all be there sooner or later. R.I.P.

Ken & Jeanette

Our hearts go out to your family.