John Ellis Roberts, 89, of North Platte, passed away January 25, 2020 at North Platte Care Center. He was born on November 2, 1930 to Carl Ellis Roberts and Ruby Amalie (Marxen) Roberts.
John graduated from Omaha Technical High School and entered the U.S. Navy Reserve and was activated into active service. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Omaha where he worked for Union Pacific Railroad. He married Carol V. Chrisman on December 13, 1951. John transferred to the Council Bluffs, Iowa shops then to North Platte where he retired with Union Pacific Railroad in 1991.
He was a charter member of a car club in Omaha, winning an award for his prized Model A. John was a member of the Sportsman Gun Club in North Platte and a proud member of the NRA. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion and the U.P. Old Timers Club. John enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Survivors include four children, Gary (Katie) Roberts of Fremont, Cindy (Dan) Farrell of Independence, MO, Steve (Carol) Roberts of North Platte, Cathy (Kent) Young of Overton; eight grandchildren, Michael (Leanne) Warren of Wheatland, WY, Tony (Tamara) Warren of Switzerland, Amy ( Alejandro) Torres of Independence, MO, Andy (Jade) Farrell of Independence, MO, Shannon (Joseph) Parrett of Maxwell, Carolyn (Travis) Baker of North Platte, Becky Morlang of Grand Island, Tim (Amber Young) Farrell of Lee’s Summit, MO; seventeen great grandchildren; brother Joseph; and sister Mary; numerous other family members and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, wife Carol in 2012 and sister Margaret Christensen.
Memorials are suggested to the Daniel Strong Fund for Daniel Shea. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. January 31, 2020 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church with Reverend Bob Deardoff officiating. Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors. Visitation will be January 30, 2020 from 12-8:00 p.m. with family present from 6-8:00p.m. at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.