November 20, 2003

(8/11/1940 - 11/17/2003)

Larry F. Roberts, 63, of Ft. Madison, IA, died November 17, 2003, at his home.

He was born August 11, 1940, at Kahoka, MO, the son of George and Ellen Adams Roberts.

Larry moved to Ft. Madison, IA in 1962.

On September 25, 1981, in Mendon, IL, he was married to Mary Lou Davis.

Larry was a member of the First Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Army. He owned and showed, Gee Gee Blue, 1978 AJQHA Reserve World Champion, three year old mare. He was a member of the Pro-Rodeo Cowboys Association for 25 years. He worked for the Tri-State Rodeo as a volunteer, committee person, chairman and secretary.

He was an avid supporter of F.M.H.S. Vocal and Athletic Boosters.

He was an active volunteer coach for various youth sports. In 1990-1991 he was President of Lee County Youth Services and honored for his Outstanding and Dedicated Service to Youth.

In 1998 he was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Ft. Madison Chamber of Commerce. He was also the recipient of the Ft. Madison Elks Lodge #374 Distinguished Citizenship Award.

On February 15, 2003, the Rodeo Board of Directors dedicated the large enclosed pavilion and named it the Larry Roberts Pavilion for his 35 years of dedicated service to Ft. Madison Tri-State Rodeo.

Larry was a barber in Ft. Madison for 40 years. In the early years with good friends, Gene Morgan and Rick Berry. The past 23 years he and his wife, Mary Lou operated the Hair Club. He semi-retired in 2000 to work for Dodge Rodeo.

Survivors include his wife Mary Lou Roberts of Ft. Madison, IA; two daughters, Kelly Bailey and her husband, Mike of Galesburg, IL, and Tami Herrick and her husband, Kelly of Ft. Madison, IA; one son, Tony Lyon of Stephenville, TX; five grandchildren, Steele Bougthton, Skyler Boughton, Cody Herrick, Courtney Herrick and Colton Herrick; two brothers, Jack Roberts of Mendon, IL and Dick Roberts of Ozark, MO; three sisters, Phoebe Yaple of Ozark, AR, Ann Freeman of Cleveland, OK, and Roberta Beckert of Memphis, MO; number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, November 20, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Church in Fort Madison, IA, with Rev. John Simpson officiating. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2003, at the King-Lynk Funeral Home in Ft. Madison, IA. His body was cremated. Burial will be in Soldiers Circle, Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Larry’s memory. Contributions may be left at King-Lynk Funeral Home at 3507 Avenue L, Ft. Madison, IA 52627 or sent to the family at 114 26th St., Ft. Madison, IA 52627 or left at the church on the day of his service.

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