|Charles "Raymond" Roberts, age 83, of rural Knoxville, Illinois passed away at his home on Monday, September 7, 2009 at 8:58 A.M.
Raymond was born west of Abingdon, Illinois on April 1, 1926, the son of John Marion and Bertha Lucille Morris Roberts.
He married Beatrice L. Cooley on September 17, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She survives.
Raymond was raised in Abingdon and Bernadotte. He was a Veteran of WWII having served in 1778th Engr Cons BN in the Pacific from 1944-46. For his time in the service he received the Good Conduct Medal, Campaign and Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Complete Medal, Campaign and Service Victory World War II Medal, Campaign and Service Army of Occupation World War II Medal.
Raymond has been a farmer in the surrounding area since 1949, having lived at the Knoxville address for the last 53 years. In his earlier years he drove for L. K. Bandy and worked a winter at Admiral. In Raymond's earlier years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, his horses, coonhounds and his Indian and Triumph motorcycles. In his later years, Raymond and Bea traveled all over the U.S. in their motor home or their Goldwing motorcycle and they have traveled to many countries.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Roberts; daughters, Barbara (Lee) Shook and Raylene J. Roberts of Knoxville; son, Dale E. Roberts Sr. of Gilson; stepdaughter, Tonia (Will) Morris of Gilson. Raymond's grandchildren are Michael E. (Shelley) Roberts, Brad A. Roberts, Dale E. (Carrie) Roberts Jr., Travis L. (Jennette) Petty, Tara L. Petty, Amber L. Hunborg, Cory L.(Jade) Hunborg, Levi W. Morris, Savannah J. Morris and six great-grandchildren. Raymond is survived by a sister, Vivian (Lester) Combs of Herman, a brother, Ivan (Agnes) Roberts of Knoxville, a sister-in-law, Maudie Roberts of Galesburg, plus many nieces and nephews their families and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one stepdaughter, two great grandsons and one brother.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 11, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. Rev. David Shreeves officiating.
Visitation will be held Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home in Knoxville.
Burial in Abingdon Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285 of Galesburg, Illinois.
Fellowship after the Services at the Cemetery at Hurd Hendricks Fellowship Center, 126 South Public Square, Knoxville, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Galesburg or to any cancer research. Online condolences may be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.