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 www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.