Jan. 21, 1932-Oct. 16, 2013
MARSHALL - Mass of Christian Burial for John Roberts, 81, of Marshall, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today with a CCW Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will continue from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Ivanhoe. Military honors by American Legion Post 113 and VFW Post 742.
He died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at his residence.
John "Bob" James Roberts was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Bremerton, Wash., to Clyde and Nora (Farell) Roberts. He was baptized into the Catholic faith. His father's naval career caused them to be stationed in various areas on the west coast including Seattle, San Diego and Vancouver, Canada. After WWII, they settled in Sand Diego, Calif., where John graduated from St. Augustine High School. He attended San Diego State College before enlisting in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He spent his service aboard an aircraft carrier and on Kwajalein. After his discharge, John worked for several aircraft manufacturers in San Diego. On June 27, 1970, he was married to Margaret Knofczynski at St. Mary Magdeline Catholic Church in San Diego. They moved to Marshall in 1978. He was self-employed. John was an avid reader and could fix anything. In his younger days, he enjoyed dirt biking, hunting, camping, flying model airplanes, fishing, and telling stories of his youth and corny jokes.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, of Marshall; son, James of East Bethel; brothers-in-law, Clayton (and Audrey) Knofczynski, Gordon Knofczynski, Daniel (and Jan) Knofczynski and Richard (and JoAnn) Knoff; sister-in-law, Mary (and Fran) Bradley; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Nora Farrell Roberts; aunts, Molly and Dorothy Farrell; in-laws, Walter and Polly Knofczynski.
Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Directors