Ollie's Story

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Ollie "Earl" Roberts, age 85, passed away after a long illness on April 16, 2017, at his residence in Kimbolton, Ohio. Ollie was born on Jan. 29, 1932 in Clearfield, to the late Eddie and Ethel Roberts. In 1952, he joined the United States Army, where he served for 2 years in the Medical Corps. In 1972, Ollie accepted the Lord as his Savior. On July 29, 1952, Ollie married Ida Kathryn (Fannin) Roberts and they accomplished one of his life-long dreams and bought a farm in Kimbolton, where he worked alongside his sons for more than 25 years. Ollie was a great family man and a loving father. They were blessed to have 8 children together, 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Ollie is survived by his loving wife, Ida Roberts of Kimbolton; Sons and their families, Steven Roberts of Kimbolton, Billy (Cathy) Roberts of Columbia Station, Jerry (Lisa) Roberts of Berea, Timmy (Janet) Roberts of Elyria and Ricky (Fran) Roberts of Kimbolton; daughters and their families, Debi (Jerry) Thompson and Faye (Jeff) Farley, both of Medina; brother, Jackie Roberts of Morehead, and sister, Mary Jane Hall-Jackson of Strasburg. He is preceded in death by his son, Mike Roberts and 12 of his other siblings.

Ollie was a strong-willed, active man who was deeply involved in his church, Village Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed spending time with his family, working on the farm, sitting on his porch soaking in the sun and an amazing life God had given him. His family and friends will always remember him as a devoted Christian and a true fighter down to his last days.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Addy Funeral Home from 4pm to 6pm for family and 6pm to 8pm for visitors. The funeral service will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Village Baptist Church at 11am with A.C. Dockery officiating and a visitation one hour prior. The burial will take place at West Lawn Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ollie's life.
Published on April 17, 2017
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