EAST PALESTINE - Services will be held Saturday at the East Fairfield United Methodist Church to celebrate the life of Carl Richard Roberts who died Friday following an extended illness.
Born Nov. 16, 1938, the son of Paul Richard and Mildred Evalena Rhodes Roberts, he spent his childhood working on the family farm and attended East Palestine Schools, graduating in 1956.
He briefly owned a gas station before working with auto body repair at Leeson's Body Shop. He began working independently in 1960, opening Robert's Auto body at a family building on Heck Road.
He opened Peace Valley Auto in 1975 and later moved his work across the street opening Robert's Auto body in 1982 until his retirement in 2002.
Carl is survived by his children Brett (Stacey) Roberts of East Palestine, Grant (Melissa) Roberts of Negley, and Jamie (Steven) Kenneally of Alliance. He is also survived by Juanita (Sue) Shormann, his companion for the last 12 years. Carl is also survived by six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and on April 18, 2000 by wife, Marilyn Bell Roberts, who he married in 1962.
The family will receive guests at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the church chapel with memorial service starting at 11 a.m. In lieu of money or flowers contributions could be made in Carl's name to Humane Society of Columbiana County, 1825 South Lincoln Avenue Salem, OH 44460. Arrangements by Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home in East Palestine. www.oliver-linsley.com.