Robert H. Roberts

May 26, 1934 - July 28, 2020

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Robert H. "Bob" Roberts, 86, of Urbana, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in his home.

Bob was born May 26, 1934 in St. Paris the son of the late Charles and Clara (Dunn) Roberts. Bob was the youngest of 7 children. With the passing of his father at the age of 6 he had to grow up at the Old Soldiers & Sailors Orphans Home in Xenia until he was 16. Coming back to Urbana to finish high school at UHS, then Bob enlisted in the United States Army. While serving his time and stationed in Neu-Ulm, Germany, he met a german girl, Gerda Fronmuller. They married in Germany in 1958. Upon returning to the US he worked for the railroad in Columbus. On the side, he started a small refuse hauling company. Officially in 1959 Roberts Refuse Service became a business. Bob is well known over the years of service to the Urbana and Champaign County. He was given employment to many people. In 1990 the business relocated to the farm on State Route 55 and day to day operations turned over to Bobby. Bob loved the land and being out in the country. One of his greatest joys in life was being a grandpa. He was very proud of all his grandchildren and was excited as each new great grandchild came along. He was known as Opa, to his great grandchildren.

Bob was a member of the Farm Bureau; the Republican Party and he was a proud Trump supporter. He enjoyed moving dirt with loaders and dozers. He enjoyed having Bull Sessions at Farmers Daughter, Frishes, Rockin' Robin and anywhere he could sit and talk with friends. Bob was a frequent shopper at Walmart of Urbana and always said how nice the employees and helpful they were to him; especially recently with the electric carts.

Bob is survived by his son, Bob (Sherry) Roberts; his daughters, Becky (Jeff) VanHoose, Angelika (Phil) Paxman and Cornelia (Chuck) Wood; his grandchildren Heather Myers, Lissa Roberts, Ashley Hofman, Brett Ridder, Brandon Ridder, Casey Paxman, Kristin Nolan, Cole VanHoose, Austin VanHoose and Jacob Wood; his great grandchildren Bailey, Brayden, Tanner, Andrew & Zackary, Ali, Eli, Charlie, Abe, Grayson, Ayven, Ryker and several nieces & nephews.

The family would like to thank Bob's friend, John Birkhimer, whom was his out of town driver for the last few years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gerda (Fronmuller) Roberts; his daughter Margie Roberts Ridder and his great granddaughter Madisson Hofman; his sisters, Lois McGee, Sybil Deere, Georgia Batton, Mabel Rebel; his brother, Dolores Roberts, and John Roberts.

Due to the restrictions of the Covid-19, we will be following the guidelines set by Governor DeWine's office. The use of face masks is required.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at 4-8 pm on Friday, July 31, 2020 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Private funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in the funeral home with Pastor Aaron Samples officiating. You may join the procession to the cemetery. Lineup will begin at 10:00 a.m. at VERNON FUNERAL HOME, 235 Miami Street, Urbana, Ohio. In addition, Live Stream will be available on the Vernon Funeral Home Facebook page starting at 9:45 a.m. with the service beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Burial will follow in OakDale Cemetery, Urbana. Serving as pallbearers; his grandsons and great grandson, Cole, Brett, Brandon, Jacob, Brad, Austin and Brayden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob's memory to The Caring Kitchen, 300 Miami Street, Urbana, Ohio 43078.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Martina Salyer - Aug 1, 2020
May your wings spread wide and carry you up into your wife’s arms. I know she was waiting for you at the gates. You were my second father and you will be in my heart forever.
Chuck & Beth Siegenthaler - Aug 1, 2020
You have our deepest sympathy
Chuck Siegenthaler - Aug 1, 2020
You have our deepest sympathy on the passing of Bob he surely be missed by all who knew him his witt and his politics missed. Will be praying for your family
Ginny Bowers for Becky. - Jul 31, 2020
So sorry for your loss Love you girl.
Linda and Roger Atkinson - Jul 31, 2020
So sorry for your family loss deepest sympathy and continued prayers
ann castle jacobs & family - Jul 31, 2020
Condolences to Entire family.
Linda Deere - Jul 31, 2020
Our deepest sympathy for the Robert's family. Linda Deere and Family
Sam and Wilma Dillon - Jul 31, 2020
So sorry for your loss. We have always done business with Roberts, with the exception of a few times when we were out of this area. We always found him to be honest and reliable. Two wonderful traits. He will be missed.
Everett B Suchland - Jul 30, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I have known Bob for many years and always enjoyed visiting with him whenever I was in Urbana. May God bless you.
Barbara J Vogt - Jul 30, 2020
I feel like I have known Bob all my life, as his mother, Clara, and my mother were very good friends. His sweet wife, Gerda, babysat my kids. He was a good man, and will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to the entire Roberts family. Angelika, sending love and hugs.....if you need anything, please let me know.
Sandy whitmore - Jul 30, 2020
sending my condolences and prayers to your family. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Sandy whitmore - Jul 30, 2020
sending my condolences and prayers to your family. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Rebecca Jones - Jul 30, 2020
I offer my sincere condolences to all the family. I always enjoyed talking with Bob at my office or his, or anyplace around town we would run into him. We’ve done business with him for 20 years and never had a problem. I’ll miss his smile and hearty laughter! Sincerely, Rebecca Jones (BMV manager)
Patrick & Cynthia Maurice - Jul 30, 2020
Angelika & Phil and family, so very sorry for the incredible loss of your dad/grandfather. What an amazing life and beautiful legacy he left and what a great reunion to be with his beloved wife & family in Heaven! Our love & prayers are with you all.
Anna Garvey Taulbee - Jul 29, 2020
Bob was such a wonderful man...He.always smiled and was cheerful...He had a heart of gold and gonna miss talking to him...Very.sweet man...Condolences to Entire family..rest Peacefully Bob...Will miss our talks
Lorna Thomas - Jul 29, 2020
Sorry for your loss! Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers.
Toni Mossbarger - Jul 29, 2020
Mike & I are so sorry for your loss of Bob..He was a great man that touched many lives..I'll miss talking with him when I would run into him anywhere. Youre all in our thoughts and prayers..Mike & Toni Mossbarger
REGINA A ROBERTS - Jul 29, 2020
Condolences and prayers to all the family. Had known Bob most of my life. Such a caring and thoughtful man with a great family.
Roger Daulton - Jul 29, 2020
To the Robert's Family, Please know you have our sincere sympathy with the loss of you Dad. We always enjoyed talking to him where ever we were. Sincerely, Roger and Carol

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