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ROBERTS, Fred D. 1899-1950


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/3/2015 at 22:25:54

Fred D. Roberts Dies Following Heart Attack

Fred D. Roberts, 50, died at his home in Dike at 8 p.m. Friday, January 27th, 1950, of a heart attack.

Fred Roberts was born August 14, 1899, near Dike, the son of George and Minnie Roberts. When 2 years old he moved with his parents to the town of Dike. At the age of 4 years, Fred's mother passed away. His father died in 1924.

On May 5, 1928, he was married to Naomi Stubbs of Conrad. To this union were born 5 children. Surviving are the wife, children, Mary, who is a teacher in the public school at Union; Alice of Dike; Helen, a student nurse at Allen Memorial hospital, Waterloo; George and Carol at home; 1 brother, Frank of Cedar Falls; 3 sisters, Jennie, Mrs. Burl L. Brown of Albuquerque, N.M., Nita, Mrs. Ed Kappelman of Dike; Lorena, Mrs. Harold Johnson of Chicago; 5 nieces and nephews; an aunt, Mrs. Nettie Roberts of Holman, Wis.; several cousins and a host of friends.

Fred was a young man in years at the time of his death, but the heart was unable to go any further. The warning had come about three years ago, and tho efforts were made to postpone the fatal hour, it was without avail. During much of these many months Fred had been able with assistance to carry on even to the last day, thus concluding a 33 year service as rural carrier of the U.S. Mail out of Dike. Fred's father was rural carrier out of Dike from 1902 until 1916 when his son took over the route. Thus the combined work of father and son gave 47 years of mail service to the community of Dike.

Fred lived an active life for his family and community. For many years he helped to promote the growth and work in the local I.O.O.F. lodge. Altho Fred was not a member of any church he was a loyal, sincere and willing worker in the Dike Methodist church. The principles of his life of service were all deeply rooted in the discipline and love of His Heavenly Father. The full depth of reverence in his heart for his Master will always be cherished by those nearest to him. The family will carry with them into the years the memory of a deep, loving affection which made home a happy family place.

Funeral services were held at the Dike Methodist church Monday afternoon, Jan. 30th, Rev. J. B. Bird, former minister officiating. Burial was in the Dike Elmwood cemetery. Music was furnished by Lawrence Heaton and Veva DeBower, accompanied by organist Marlys Creswell.

Pall bearers were from the mail route: Omke Engelkes, Mervin Hansen, Rodger Petersen, Jake W. Muller, Jack DeGroote and Albert Lauterbach.

Flower girls were Mesdames Adam Deadrick, Erick Christiansen and Harry Johnson. Those attending services from a distance were as follows:
Mrs. Harold Johnson, Chicago; Gene Grunne, Champaign, Ill.; Ethan Sacia, Galesville, Wis.; Reuben and Dana Roberts, Holman, Wis.; Mrs. Mary Raulin and Mrs. Claude Phillips, Ames; Mrs. Clifford Bloom, Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Don Stubbs, Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Stubbs, Iowa City; Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Plager, Blairsburg; Mrs. Floy Hood, Marshalltown; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Stubbs, Mr. and Mrs. John Stubbs, Miss Minnie Daggett, Mrs. Nannie Daggett, Horace Daggett, Calvin Wheelock, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Daggett, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Daggett, Mr. and Mrs. Willard St. Clair, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Eggleston and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Kline, all of Conrad, besides many from Reinbeck, Morrison, Grundy Center, Beaman, Eldora, Holland, Wellsburg, New Hartford, Parkersburg, Cedar Falls, Hudson and Waterloo.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 2 February 1950, pg 14


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