Charles A. “Chuck” Roberts passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 in Samaritan Regional Health System in Ashland. He was 83.
He was born March 25, 1931 in Shelby to parents Lee & Elizabeth (DeFoor) Roberts. After attending Shelby High School, Chuck proudly served his country by joining the US Navy and served aboard the Howard W. Gilmore during the Korean War.
He was a toolmaker at General Motors and had been with the plant since it’s first day in 1955. He retired in 1991 after 36 years of service.
Chuck’s wife sometimes had to gently remind him that he wasn’t invincible, to which he would reply “but I am!” His spirit of adventure and enthusiasm drove him to activities most people avoid. He built houses from scratch, he drove motorcycles, he would hike in freezing temperatures. He worked with Habitat for Humanity all over the country rebuilding houses after disasters and in Mansfield working in charge of OSR prisoners. He kept busy as a servant, not for the credit, but because he truly enjoyed helping others.
In spare time, he enjoyed reading westerns and books about history, watching air shows and NASCAR races, traveling, doing crossword puzzles, and shooting guns.
Chuck was a faithful member of Ontario United Methodist Church, and in years past was very active with Boy Scouts as a scoutmaster for over ten years.
He is survived by his wife Carol Roberts of Mansfield, whom he married May 19, 1984; his children & their spouses: Chuck & Christina Roberts of Mansfield, Doug Roberts of Dublin, Sharon & Brad Courson of Mansfield, and Karen Roberts & Bobby Diaz of Dania Beach, FL; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a brother Donald Roberts of Shelby; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, a sister, and a grandson Paul M. Roberts.
His family will receive friends 3-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, 81 Mill Road, where a funeral service honoring his life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday. Pastor Peg Welch will officiate and American Legion Post # 535 of Bellville will perform military honors at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Windsor Park Cemetery in Mansfield.
Contributions in his memory to Habitat for Humanity may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Chuck’s family and encourage you to share with them a fond memory or message of condolence at http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com/obituary/charles-chuck-roberts/.