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Terry Charles Roberts
June 4, 1936 - June 10, 2012


Terry Charles Roberts, 76, of Oelwein, Iowa died Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein.

Terry Charles Roberts was born on June 4, 1936 in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Wayne and Doris (Meyer) Roberts. He grew up in Oelwein, graduating from Oelwein High School in 1955. He was united in marriage to Lois Cummings on June 23, 1956 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein, Iowa. Terry was a meat-cutter in Oelwein and Independence and later in life they owned a Pronto Convenience store in Waterloo, Iowa. Terry loved traveling, camping, fishing, playing cards, and collecting John Wayne memorabilia and spent the last 14 winters at Grand Shores West, in North Redington Beach, Florida. Terry was a friend to all and very close to his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His greatest legacy was to carry on his love of the outdoors.  

Terry is survived by his wife, Lois, eight children, Diane (John) Gansemer of Mason City, Iowa, Kevin (Molly) Roberts of Pinellas Park, Florida, Tim (Jenny) Roberts of Brownsville, Wisconsin, Terry (Janine) Roberts of Oelwein, Sherry (Greg) Kelchen of Marion, Iowa, Mark (Karma) Roberts of Dewitt, Iowa, Jeff (Dorinda) Roberts of Tampa, Florida and Karen (Steve) Boies of Hazleton, Iowa; eighteen grandchildren, Shawn (Lindsey) Hyman, Christopher (Kristen) Etten, Nick Etten, Gabby Roberts, Breanne Roberts, Mike Roberts, Laura Roberts, Ian Roberts, Justin (Evelyn) Roberts, Jordan (Samantha) Roberts, Katie Kelchen, Lucas Mc Caan, Sam Roberts, Ben Roberts, Billy O’Keefe,  Zachary Cummings Boies, Jessica Boies, Blake Boies and Ayden Boies; five great grandchildren, Alisha Wehe, Keith Wehe, Jennica Etten, Alana Etten and Brady Hyman.  On June 10th he was welcomed into heaven by his daughter, Debra Roberts and his parents.

He loved his family very much and he will be dearly missed by them and his friends.


Funeral Service:  11:00 AM on Friday, June 15, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Harry Koelker officiating.

Visitation:  4-8:00 PM on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein, with a scripture service at 7:00 PM.

Terry will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein. 


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Keith Wehe on November 9, 2016 at 12:56 PM said:

I will always love you great grandpa every time I come over you wold rub my head and say I have the better hear than you,I hope you have a great time up their.
Alisha wehe on October 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM said:

i miss u so much! i remember everytime i would come over u would say my name wrong on purpose:) Love an miss U Great Grandpa!
Nick Etten on December 17, 2012 at 7:47 AM said:

I miss you everyday grandpa. I hope my life is as great as yours was.
Dan Cohen on June 24, 2012 at 2:17 PM said:

Sorry to hear of the great loss. I was on vacation on Canada, and missed the services. My best to all the family...

- Dan
Ken and Joan Jack on June 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM said:

Our time at GSW has been only a few years. But you and Terry helped make us feel at home and welcomed us into the GSW family. We could not have asked for a better friend than Terry. We will surely miss him when we return next year as no doubt you and the family are missing him now.
Linda Fudala on June 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM said:

Terry will be truly missed. he was a great person. Lois you are in my prayers. Love, Linda
Patsy Brattebo on June 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM said:

Don and I send our condolences to Lois and all Terry's family.
Being a Meyers cousin, I remember Terry as a curly haired, smiling, energetic kid, and then again remember him as a young man at our wedding in 1954, saying he wished he was getting married to Lois then.
In encounters over the years Don and I loved it when he proudly shared news of their(your) growing family. There was always love, joy and pride in his comments and his beaming smile.
We bet he brought the enthuiasm to his card group also.
We join you in missing him, but give thanks for having such a cousin in our lives,
Lovingly, Patsy and Don Brattebo
Jeep and Estelle on June 15, 2012 at 5:01 AM said:

Lois so sorry to hear that Terry has left us. He was such a great guy. Certainly will miss him at GSW, will see that 102 unit without him setting there will be sad.
So sorry that we did not get to talk to him.
Love you and our prayers are with you.
Jeep and Estelle
Sheryl Gosse on June 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM said:

Lois: Sorry for your loss of your husband & the kids father. At least you both got to spend time in a warmer climate during some wicked winters. Treasure the memories, each day will guide you to a new meaning on Terry's new journey. Always be close with your family. See you soon.
David Poggenklass on June 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM said:

I am so very sorry to hear of Terry's passing. He was a wonderful human
being. He would give you the shirt off his back. He & I worked together
back in the 70's at Jack & Jill on the hill in Oelwein. He would always help me when I needed it. We will all miss him.

Dave Poggenklass
Guttenberg, IA.
Joanne and Geoff Barr on June 14, 2012 at 5:39 AM said:

We were so very sorry to hear of Terry's passing. We have
many fond memories of Florida at Grand Shores. Geoff will
miss "Chicken Wing Days". Will miss having you as our
neighbour across the hall. Terry was a very kind and gentle
man. To Lois and family our thoughts and prayers are with
you. Your family is a great example of the importance of
family. Your closeness will no doubt help you through this.
Much of your family values was due to Terry's love of family.
Thinking of you. Joanne and Geoff
dominic pirillo on June 14, 2012 at 5:38 AM said:

ill miss playing poker with you bud your the best i playd againt have a table ready when i meet you bud miss you till then bye squintjr
Karen Boies on June 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM said:

we are all going to miss you so much. You have touched the lives of many. Everytime I think of not seeing you in your rocking chair it breaks my heart. So glad that we spent the last two days of your life camping together. memories I will cherish forever. Love you soooo much Dad

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