Gene Boyd Roberts, Sr., lifelong Fairfax resident, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Fairfax Community Hospital, with his family by his side. He was 82.
Born December 4, 1935 in Fairfax, Okla. he was the second son of Kirby M. and Frances Ellen (Tallchief) Roberts. He grew up in Fairfax and received his education in Fairfax schools. He proudly served our country in the Navy from 1956 to 1960.
Gene was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his family. He was a much loved father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather. He worked as a rancher and enjoyed raising both Red and Black Angus cattle. He was an active member of the Fairfax Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Osage Nation. He also enjoyed the martial arts.
On October 8, 1976, Gene married Shirley (Danner) Beard in Pawhuska and gained two step-sons; Albert and Bobby Beard. They made their home in Fairfax until the last several years where they lived on their farm west of town.
Surviving is his loving wife of over 40 years, Shirley of the home; son, Gene and (Rebecca) Roberts, Jr.; two daughters, Shelly Roberts and Terry Roberts; and step-son, Albert Beard. Numerous grandchildren including Corey Lee Roberts, Aslin Russell, Shawn Vincent, Jeremy Thomas, Natalie Hoff, Ryan Stefanelli and Lindsey Roberts; and beloved great-grandchildren as well as a cousin, Nettie and (John) Vickers.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kirby M. Roberts, Jr.; step-son, Bobby Beard and stepmother, Fannie Potts Roberts.
A rosary will be prayed at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 25 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Fairfax with Father Chris Daigle, officiating. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Thursday, April 26 also at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rite of Committal will follow at the Fairfax Cemetery under the care of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.
Casket bearers will be Henry Johnston, Dickey Johnston, Clyde Moore, King Bowman, Corey Lee Roberts and Jeremy Thomas. Honorary bearers are Chuck Bush, Hubert Hutchens and Jim Hadlock.
Gene will be remembered for his “happy-go-lucky” attitude in life.
Condolences may be made at www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com
As Friends of Terry Roberts, we knew Gene from stories with Terry. We know he was a terrific man and we feel saddened to have heard the news. Our heartfelt love and uplifting prayers to the entire family at this difficult time.
Jeff & Julie PerryLouisville, KY
Our Hearts and Prayers go out to all Family And Friends. He looks very Proud!
Tracey HoffPrince Frederick, MD
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs, We are so sorry for your loss. I know you are surrounded by much love.
Donald & Rose Doughtie Jr.
Donald & Rose DoughtieFontana, CA
My payers and thoughts are with Gene's family. Until we meet again in the our GOD's home.
Joe RobyChula Vista, CA
sorry for your loss .Gene and I went to school together ,
Bill & Karen Shafferfairfax, OK
Dearest Shirley, If there is anything at all I can do for you, please call me! I am so very sorry for your loss. Sundays won't be the same without Gene. Lots of love and prayers are on the way.
Dottie HensleyFairfax, OK