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John Wesley Roberts
Aug 19, 1948 - Jun 27, 2015
Posted by: Martha Reddout


How do you condense 66 years of someone's Book of Life down to several paragraphs? It is a difficult task to say the least. The family’s attempt to do so follows.

John Wesley Roberts was born August 19, 1948 in Erick, Oklahoma, to Wiley and Ruby Green Roberts and God took him home June 27, 2015 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 66 years, 10 months and 8 days. He grew up in Erick, in a house on Rt. 66, next to his Dad's Texaco filling station where he, his Mother, brothers and sisters helped their Dad to operate the family business. John relayed many interesting stories of motorists they encountered who were traveling the 66 Highway.

John attended Erick Public Schools and graduated as a member of the Class of 1968. Upon graduation he attended the OU School of Radiology in Oklahoma City until he returned to Erick when his Mother died in October, 1968. He stayed in Erick to help his Dad and younger siblings with the station. He went to work as the night watchman for the City of Erick and also worked with the City of Sayre Police Department. In 1975, when the Erick Information Center opened he went to work there for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. In the late 1980's he transferred to the ODOT barn at Elk City where he worked until he was injured and retired on disability.

John met Barbra Lee Ginn in Oklahoma City in August, 1978 and after the first date informed his sister Jane that he was going to marry that girl and he did on December 9, 1978 at Hydro, Oklahoma. To this union two sons were born, Jay Wesley and Jordan Lee.

John was very involved in FFA during his school years with showing hogs and chickens. He continued that passion when he was grown and bestowed it upon his sons, helping them in their 4-H and FFA efforts. He created and organized, together with his chicken buddies, the Beckham County Poultry Show which was held from 1988 until 1991 at the Beckham County Activity Center in Sayre. He served at several county fairs as a poultry judge and served on the Beckham County Fair Board for several years. John loved to visit with people and loved to tinker with things and would tend to get a little obsessed.

John was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Christine Perry, Mae Beth Davis and Clara Jane Etris.

He is survived by his wife, Barbra of the home; 2 sons, Jay Wesley and wife Crystal of Elk City, OK and Jordan Roberts and wife, Macey of Elk City, OK; 2 grandsons, Kyler Peyton Roberts and Cooper Theodore Roberts; sister, Loucyle Birnbaum and husband Richard of Yucaipa, CA, brother, Billy Rex Roberts and wife Nancy of Elkhart, KS, brother, Wiley Ray Roberts and wife Jeanette of Guymon, OK and sister Ruby Annette Gann (Ninny as he called her) and husband, Richard of Amarillo, TX and a host of nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 11:00 am at Erick First Baptist Church officiated by John Werhan and Bro. Charlie Floyd. Burial will be at Erick Cemetery under the direction of Fatheree-Albert Funeral Home. Condolences can be made online at www.whineryfs.com

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