Buddy Earle Roberts, 89, passed away on September 17, 2019 at Florida Presbyterian Homes Lakeland, Florida.
Earle was born to Benjamin and Harriet Roberts on July 25, 1930 in Geneva, Illinois.
Earle retired from Kent State University where he was the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Department. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Winter Haven where he served as an Elder and Sunday school teacher. He was a past President of the Lake Region Audubon Society, Board of Directors Meals-on-Wheels, and a member of the Rotary Club, N.A.A.C.P and L.A.C.P. He co-authored a book, with his wife, on sand hill cranes. He was a child of God, devoted husband, loving father and loyal friend.
Earle was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen Laura Roberts and son James Douglas Roberts. He is survived by his three sons: David Earle Roberts of Lansing, Michigan, Donald (Sylvia) Russell Roberts of Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania and Paul (Lisa) Edward Roberts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, three daughters: Kathy (David) Ann Worman of Brandon, Mississippi, Deborah (Thomas) Lynn Wyszynski of Diamond, Ohio and Nancy (Ron) Jane Rahe of Akron, Ohio, one sister Marie Louise Emrick of Oxford, Michigan, two brothers: William Bradford Roberts of Derby, New York and John Roberts of Lathrop, Michigan, 24 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 28th at 2pm in the chapel at Florida Presbyterian Homes, 16 Lake Hunter Drive, Lakeland, FL. A second service will be held at 5pm in the chapel at First Presbyterian Church, Winter Haven, FL. The interment will follow in the church’s memorial gardens.
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