Services will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the East Fairfield United Methodist Church to celebrate the life of Carl Richard Roberts who passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 following an extended illness.
Born November 16, 1938, the son of Paul Richard and Mildred Evalena Rhodes Roberts, he spent his childhood working on the family farm and attended East Palestine Schools, graduating in 1956.
Voted as senior most likely to succeed, Carl enjoyed and valued the friendships he made and continued to attend class luncheons and get-togethers until the time of his illness.
Upon graduation, Carl pursued his passion in life which was automobiles. He briefly owned a gas station before perfecting his craft with auto body repair at Leeson’s Body Shop. He owned many hot rods in the day and enjoyed doing high quality custom paint jobs. He began working independently in 1960 opening Robert’s Auto body at a family building on Heck Road.
In 1962 he married Marilyn Bell and they enjoyed many wonderful years raising their family until her death on April 18, 2000.
Carl was known far and wide for his quality work and fair business practices. He opened Peace Valley Auto in 1975 and later moved his work across the street opening Robert’s Auto body in 1982 until his retirement in 2002.
He transitioned to focusing on family, friends and taking care of his home and beloved pet dogs Charlie and Chucko.
Carl is survived by his children Brett (Stacey) Roberts of East Palestine, Grant (Melissa) Roberts of Negley, and Jamie (Steven) Kenneally of Alliance. He is also survived by Juanita (Sue) Shormann, his loving friend and companion for the last twelve years. They enjoyed day trips and playing cards with friends.
Carl is also survived by six grandchildren, Adam, Noah, Alexa and Jeffrey Roberts and Joseph and Jameson Kenneally, along with numerous nieces and nephews and a sister in law, Marjorie Roberts.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marilyn Bell Roberts, brothers Harold and Earl Roberts and his sister June Leeson Hackett.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family will receive guests on Saturday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. in the church chapel with memorial service starting at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of money or flowers contributions could be made in Carl’s name to Humane Society of Columbiana County, 1825 South Lincoln Avenue Salem, OH 44460.
The Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home in East Palestine is in charge of arrangements.