John D. Roberts

January 6, 1924February 16, 2018
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John Roberts passed away on Friday February 16, 2018 in Springfield, Illinois at the age of 94. John was born in Springfield, Illinois on January 6, 1924, the fourth child of Thomas and Sally Roberts, with two more brothers to follow. John was a East Pleasant Hill grade school and Lanphier High School graduate, and worked at Sangamo Electric until entering the air force and serving in the Pacific during WWII as flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-24 bombers. John and his crew were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for action over Iwo Jima on the flight that he was wounded on and later hospitalized. After finishing his service with 32 flight missions he returned to Springfield and Sangamo, married Helen Eggebeen and started a family. On December 29, 1976, John married Norma Vanselow and spent the last 41 wonderful years with her, including 12 years in Rogers Arkansas, on Beaver Lake. John knew many people and his son reports that they could not go anywhere without running into someone he knew. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and coached little league for many years. Along with his parents, John was preceded in death by all his brothers and sisters: Nora Kemp, Joan Stone, Tom Roberts, Robin Evan Roberts, and George Roberts; daughter Sally and first wife Helen. He is survived by William of South Haven, Michigan, Thomas of Cheyenne Wyoming, four grandchildren and one great grandson.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday February 27, 2018 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen Street. The family will meet friends one hour prior to the service at Bisch. In lieu of flowers you may make donations to the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy at, or the family will take checks made out to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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Sara Stone Fernandez

February 27, 2018

I have so many great memories of Uncle John and all of them are of a strong, hardworking and caring man. Uncle John always gave of himself for the benefit of others and this is something I remember of him from a very young age. He was a loving and devoted brother to my Mother, Joan Roberts Stone; a kind and caring brother-in-law to my Father; and a trusted and much-loved uncle to my brothers and I.

Uncle John epitomized his generation of greatness - a generation which [I feel] was one of the greatest generations of modern history. Uncle John dedicated his life to his family; his extended family; his church family; and his country in every way that matters. I will miss this great man and wonderful uncle, but know he is with so many loved ones who went before him.

Linda Roberts

February 26, 2018

His smile and genuine interest in others and their lives will be the lasting memory of my Uncle John. He was a blessing to all of us for so many years.

David Roberts

February 26, 2018

John and Norma are one of the great examples of love I have witnessed. I am blessed to have had an Uncle John. A solid man.

Sheri Lindsay

February 24, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about John's passing.He and Norma were very special people. My husband, Tom, grew up and when we were married lived in the neighborhood where John raised his family. My sincerest sympathies to the family.

Cindy Schaaf

February 23, 2018

It was a pleasure knowing John and Norma! What a beautiful couple! Rest in peace!

Lois and John Weissberg

February 22, 2018

John always had a smile for us, and was always ready to enjoy the company of family at our annual reunion. He will be missed.