Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Buddy Merton Roberts

Buddy Merton Roberts, age 90, of Shelby, died Friday, October 29, 2021 at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, OH.

Buddy was born July 31, 1931 in Shelby to the late Russell and Alta (Billman) Roberts. Bud was a proud US Army veteran, serving from 1949 thru 1952 in Germany and Austria during the period of the Korean Conflict. Buddy spent the bulk of his post military career working for Miami Systems (Shelby Business Forms) until his retirement in 1993, after 31 years of service. Prior to that, he graduated from DeVry Technical in Chicago studying TV repair, worked as a tv repairman for Stroup & Cornell TV Repair. He also worked at Wilkins Air Force Depot.

Buddy was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he was very involved and served on numerous committees. He was an active volunteer with the F.I.S.H Food Pantry and the Shelby Helpline for 20 years. Buddy received a Jesse Rath Award in 2000 for his great volunteer work.

On November 15, 1953, he married Joan (Feller) Roberts and she survives. Also surviving are three children: Rhonda Roberts of Gahanna, Renae (Sid) Eskridge of Valrico, FL, and Radell Roberts (Claire Bobrycki) of Syracuse, NY; granddaughter: Abby Eskridge; siblings: James (Sandi) Roberts and Joanne Bland both of Shelby; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Buddy and Joan were also blessed to be “adopted” by Raina Pfahler, Brad Rudd, and Brooke Hostetter as surrogate grandparents in recent years.

In addition to his parents, Buddy was preceded in death by his siblings: Eugene Roberts, John Roberts, Paul “Pork” Roberts, Tom Roberts, Gladys Roberts, Betty Seaton, Irene Eggleson, Esther Williams, Mary Jane Pollock, and Nancy Shelton.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2 pm at the Church of the Master, 24 N. Grove Street, Westerville OH, for a memorial service that his wife, Joan, can attend. She will be unable to travel to Shelby due to her health. Pastor Lucy Kelly will officiate. Masks will be required.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Visitation will be from 2-3pm. A celebration of life will begin at 3pm.  Masks will be required.  Graveside services will be on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 1:30 pm in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby.

Memorial contributions may be made to F.I.S.H Food Pantry/Shelby Helpline, 29 ½ Walnut Street, Shelby, OH 44875 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Main Street, Shelby, OH 44875.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on Buddy’s obituary at or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Faye and Greg Cole says:

    Buddy was a wonderful Christian man with a great smile, funny stories and a big heart! He will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss. Joan we wish you and the family comfort in the days ahead.

  2. Pat Keen says:

    My sympathy to all of you. You can be very proud of your dad. He was a great servant. We have one of his jig saw puzzles hanging in their SS room at church and I have some of their flowers transplanted at my home. Cherish your memories of a wonderful person.

  3. Dick Tomlinson says:

    a good Christian man and a god role model to folloew in how to live a good Christian life of service to his fellow man .he will be sorely missed but all the wonderful memories will live on in all those he touched

  4. Jocelyn McAuley says:

    I will always remember Buddy for all he did at Trinity UMC. Seems like he was involved in everything. He was a fun loving Christian who always made me laugh. Love & prayers to you, Joan & family.

  5. Diane Dabney says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Buddys passing. A good friend of my father and mother. He did so much for the church family at Trinity UMC. Found memories. Bless all his family in this difficult time.

  6. Stan Roberts says:

    The things you remember: I remember going to Uncle Bud and Joan when they lived on Plum St. I remember a lot of family there and we made doughnut balls. Uncle Bud was a great man and will be missed

  7. Deb Broka d’Aquin says:


    I adored your dad. He thought the world of you, Rhonda and Radell and it showed in everything! He was always such an ebullient good sport. I know firsthand how tough it is to lose our most ardent supporters and please know how deeply we offer you all and your Mom our condolences at this time of big loss. Hugs!! Deb

  8. James & Barbara Eakins says:

    Our sincere sympathy to Buddy’s family. He was a wonderful, caring, and hard working man. Our memories of him are what he did for Fish and Helpline. He did so much.

  9. Tom Hadley says:

    I don’t know of a more wonderful human being than Bud was. Always considerate and caring and would do anything to help anyone. Having worked along side him for many years at the Business Forms I new the true temper of this man and will always admire his wonderful spirit. Rest in peace Bud. My memories of you will be with me forever.

  10. Sallie Barley says:

    So very sorry girls We had some memorable sleepovers It has been many many years. Sallie Class of 76

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