Kenneth Laverne Roberts
June 4, 1945 – June 2, 2019
Our beloved Kenneth (Ken) Laverne Roberts went home to be with our Lord on June 2, 2019, two days before his 74th birthday, at home in Tucson, Arizona.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy, of Tucson; his son Dan (Lee Ann) and daughters Cherie, Cathie (Mark) and Cindie (Marc); his grandchildren Kyle, Whitney, John-Levi (Anna), Alexie, Greysen and Aiden; his great grandchildren Levi, Devin and William and his brothers David (Joyce) and Sam (Melanie) and sister Bernice. He is preceded in death by his son Andrew, granddaughter Nicole, father Richard, mother Bonnie and brother Paul. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, cousins and other extended family members.
He was born on June 4, 1945 in Exeter, California to parents Richard and Bonnie Roberts. He graduated from Electronic Technical Institute (ETI) in San Diego, California with an Associate Degree in Science. At the end of his third year at ETI he accepted a position with IBM, where he worked for almost 18 years. He managed his own business, Precision Wire Wrapping, for eight years until his retirement.
He was a great family man, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He married his darlin’, Nancy, on June 21, 1966 in Phoenix, Arizona and passed just 19 days short of their 53rd wedding anniversary. The couple had six children together, including a daughter who died in utero.
Ken was an active man who was deeply involved in the Church of Christ since the age of nine. He enjoyed spending time with his family, singing, hunting, fishing and gold prospecting. His family and friends will always remember him as honest and honorable, a great counselor, qualities learned from his management experience with IBM.
A visitation is planned from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in the chapel at East Lawn Palms Mortuary in Tucson, Arizona. A celebration of his life is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019, also in the chapel at East Lawn Palms Mortuary with a graveside service to follow officiated by Ed Maddux. After the service, please join us for a reception to dine with family and friends. Reception details will be provided at the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ken’s life.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love and concern. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ken’s name as a very special tribute acknowledging his pride in his granddaughter, Alexie, who has raised funds allowing local veterans to take their Honor Flight. Donations to Honor Flight Southern Arizona can be made at the visitation or service or at https://honorflightsaz.org. The “Southern Arizona” chapter website has a special instructions field to indicate Ken and/or Alexie’s names.
- Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, June 9, 2019
Kenneth Laverne Roberts
June 9, 2019
Dear Roberts family,
I pray you find peace in the God of all comfort in this hour of loss. I fondly remember my early days at the University of Arizona when your family welcomed me practically as one of your own. The kind, Christian fellowship I enjoyed on Sunday afternoons at your home are a testament to Ken's godly leadership in your family. Because of those days playing Atari and other games, lovely home-cooked Sunday meals, and thoughtful conversations, each of you are warmly remembered.
Yours in Christ,