Sheridan, Wyo., resident David R. Roberts, 67, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, Mont.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 5, at Bethesda Worship Center. The Rev. Scott Lee officiated. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Big Horn.
Mr. Roberts was born Aug. 17, 1942, in Sheridan, to Elmer and Lavoris (Wyrick) Roberts. He grew up and attended schools in California. He returned to the Sheridan area in 1961. He married Cheryl Pease on Aug. 12, 1962, in Lodge Grass, Mont. They moved in 1968 to Oregon, where he worked as a meat cutter. The couple returned in 1975 to Sheridan, where he worked for Jersey Creamery until operating the Broadway Exchange store. He sold the store in the mid-1990s and then worked at Shipton's Big R.
Mr. Roberts spent summers on the Kenai Peninsula guiding fishermen with one of his sons. In retirement, he ran a business sharpening knives. A deacon at Bethesda Worship Center and life member of the National Rifle Association, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and the mountains.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife; sons, David, of Dayton, Rodney, of Victor, Idaho; Monte, of Soldotna; Keith, of Sheridan, and Rick, of Monterey, Calif.; daughter, Debra Gardner, of Sutler Creek, Calif.; brother, Michael Roberts, of Sheridan; sisters, Barbara Ellis and Doris Ledford, of Sheridan; Judy Roberts, of Big Horn, Wyo.; and Iva Graham of Loveland, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that memorials may be sent to Joseph's Storehouse food bank or Adopt-A-Block c/o Bethesda Worship Center, 1100 Big Horn Ave., Sheridan, Wyo. 82801.
Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
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