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Donald Roberts

April 10, 1932 October 26, 2023
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Donald George Roberts, 91, of Stuart passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at the Community Care Center in Stuart. Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, November 17th at the Johnson Family Funeral Home in Stuart. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 18th at the First Congregational Church in Stuart. Burial will be held at the South Oak Grove Cemetery in Stuart. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Stuart Rescue Unit and the Huntington Disease Foundation. Online condolences may be left at

Donald was born on April 10, 1932 to Verne and Georgieanna (Chittick) Roberts in Stuart, Iowa. When Donald was young, he enjoyed roller-skating which is where he met his future wife, Marilyn. While attending Stuart High School, he excelled at basketball and was the marching band major; he graduated with the class of 1950. After graduation, Donald took an interest in carpentry. His career as a carpenter, was profoundly influenced by his mentor, Cal Hammond, a skilled craftsman that he deeply respected and loved working next to.

On July 8, 1951, Donald was united in marriage to Marilyn Middleton in Stuart. In 1953, Donald enlisted in the United States Army where he achieved the rank of Corporal during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge in 1955, he and Marilyn started their family and his lifelong career of farming in rural Adair and Guthrie counties. Their busy work life involved milking dairy cattle, raising hogs, farming crops, and growing his Carpentry work.

The Roberts were blessed with four children: Bill, Shelene, Ted, and Larry. They also welcomed niece Christy and nephew Randy Roberts during summer and spring breaks. Donald was a long time member of the Adair County Farm Bureau, a member of the Stuart American Legion Stuart, I.O.O.F Odd Fellows and Rebekahs for 70+ years, and a dedicated member of 60 years to the First Congregational Church. He served on the Menlo School Board and later the Stuart-Menlo School Board. In his free time, he enjoyed attending all of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s sports and school events. He was an avid card player, spending Tuesday evenings with friends at card club, and known to frequently slip cards under the table while playing with family. Donald was a loving father and grandfather and his dedication to family earned him the honor Father of the Year at the Stuart Good Egg Days in 2018. Donald was a man of light and love and selflessness. A man of few but impactful words, who was easy to talk to and easier to love. Rarely, you would leave a conversation without hearing his airy, contagious laugh.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Everett Roberts and great-grandson, John Donald Gomke.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 72 years, Marilyn. Twin brother Ronald (Dawn) Roberts of Utah. children: William “Bill” (Sandra) Roberts of Stuart, Shelene Roberts of Stuart, Ted (Susie) Roberts of Ankeny, Larry Roberts of Altoona; grandchildren: Alicia (Chad) Pote, Jessica (Michael) Jones, Tami (Ryan) Pickett, Jessica (Steve) Gomke, Jodi (Luke) Thrane, Tyler Holmes, Jhon Paul Espiritu; great-grandchildren: Ethan (Sydney), Weston, Cassidy, and Caiden Pote; Devan and Anthony Jones; Jacob Gomke; Rhett Kirkpatrick; Jacoby and Knox Pickett; Soon to be great-great grandson baby Pote arriving later this year, and many extended family and friends not limited to Utah, Colorado, and Arizona

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5:00 PM 11/17/2023 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/17/2023 7:00:00 PM
Johnson Family Funeral Home - Stuart

123 N.E. 2nd St
Stuart,, IA 50250

Johnson Family Funeral Home - Stuart
123 N.E. 2nd St Stuart, 50250 IA
United States





10:30 AM 11/18/2023 10:30:00 AM
First Congregational Church

224 North Division Street
Stuart, IA 50250

First Congregational Church
224 North Division Street Stuart 50250 IA
United States

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South Oak Grove Final Resting Place

NE 7th Street
Stuart, IA 50250

NE 7th Street Stuart 50250 IA
United States

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