Morris Dee Roberts, 69, of Plymouth, Ind., died at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011, in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth, Ind. He was born on Dec. 29, 1941, to Earl "Jack" and Cora (Childers) Roberts in Malden, Mo. As a small child, they moved to Dexter, Mo., and in 1957 the family moved to Lakeville, Ind. Morris married Joan F. Hummel who preceded him in death on June 21, 1968. On June 28, 1969, he married Joyce A. (Peterson) Roberts, who survives.
Morris is also survived by his son, Terry (Brenda) Roberts of LaPaz, Ind.; two grandchildren, April (Andy) Palya and Anthony Roberts; four great-grandchildren, Abigail Atkins, Brendon Palya, Lucas Palya and Kira L. Roberts; a sister, Kay (David) Rowe of Dexter, Mo.; brother, Guy (Carol) Roberts of Dexter, Mo.; several nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law Dian (Alton) Hershberger of Union, Mich., Carol Dove of Plymouth, Ind., and Gwen (Jim) McGrath of Slidell, La.; brothers-in-law Jerry (Ellen) Hummel of Walkerton, Ind., Rex (Theresa) Hummel of LaPaz, Ind., and Wes (Marge) Hummel of Bremen, Ind.; good friends, Nancy and Charles Rogers and Sandy, neighbors. Two sisters, Mary Ann Roberts and Francis Rupert, preceded him in death.
Morris retired on Sept. 1, 2001, from Honeywell (Bendix Corp.) after 35 years of service. He formerly worked for Taylor's Grocery in Lakeville. He enjoyed antique tractors and small engines, NASCAR and drivers Mark Martin and Kyle Bush. He loved hunting and fishing and held a lifetime license.
Private graveside services were held at South Union Cemetery, Nappanee, Ind. Palmer Funeral Home-Lakeville handled the arrangements.
Contributions in memory of Morris Dee Roberts may be offered to the charity of the donor's choice.