Edward M. Roberts, Jr., First Sergeant US Army, Retired, age 79, of Germantown, passed away Sunday, May 17 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial for 79 year old Edward M. Roberts, Jr. will be Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Boniface Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Germantown. The Germantown American Legion will pray the rosary at 7:00 p.m., followed by Trenton VFW services Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Clinton County Humane Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
He was born June 26, 1935 in Cohasset, MA.
Mr. Roberts began his US Army career in 1954 and retired after 20 years of service with the rank of 1SG in 1974 at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. He then worked as an Assistant Manager with Kohlbrecher Truck Service at the Lebanon, IL location. He enjoyed woodworking, spending most of his time making clocks.
He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown, IL, VFW Post 7983, Trenton, IL, and the American Legion Post 325, Germantown, IL where he called bingo for 26 years.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys, nee Fredericks, and Edward M. Roberts, Sr.; brothers, Howard and John Roberts; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Rose, nee Merscher, Kreke; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jennie Roberts, Barbara Roberts, Florence and Edward Dumstorff, Elvera and Harry Fischer, Ray and Del Kreke, James Kreke, and Virgil Kreke.
Surviving is his wife Marilyn, nee Kreke, Roberts, whom he married November 16, 1957 in the St. Dominic Church Rectory, Breese, IL; his children, Rose Marie Detmer and Edward M. Roberts, III and wife Karen all of Germantown; 2 grandchildren, Lisa Hufker and husband Nate and Matthew Detmer and wife Melissa; 4 great-grandchildren, Addison and Alayna Hufker and Ian and Rylee Detmer; a brother, Wilfred Roberts of Whitman, MA; and sisters-in-law, Eileen Roberts of Norwell, MA and Louise Kreke of Midwest City, OK.
Moss Funeral Home
600 Railroad Street
Germantown, IL 62245