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Joseph Henry Roberts, 86, of Midland, died Saturday, March 20, 2021. Joe was born October 18, 1934 in Midland to Eugene Roberts and Ursula (Kilbride) Roberts. He married Shirley (Brown) Roberts on January 31st, 1959. Joe and Shirley shared 56 wonderful years together until her passing on August 9th, 2015. Joe was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church.   

Joe graduated from Michigan State University and served in the United States Army in Frankfort, Germany.  Joe worked for the Dow Chemical Company for 35 years holding a variety of management roles within Business Information Systems. Early in his career he taught evening college courses at Delta Community College in Data Processing. He was engaged in community activities through participation on the Community Fund and coaching little league baseball for many years.

Joe was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family. He cherished his annual vacations to Treasure Island, family cruises and tailgating with family at college football games. He enjoyed the holidays when all family came together, especially during fourth of July at Wixom lake and all the Christmas festivities with his large family.         

Joe and Shirley were a team and did everything together. They loved traveling, dinner with friends and most of all sharing life together. They enjoyed their many visits to Las Vegas and membership at the Midland Country Club playing golf and having fun with friends.    

Joe is survived by his children, Pamela (Clay) Engwis, Steve (Donna) Roberts, Sheryl (Steve) Socha, and Dave (Susan) Roberts; grandchildren Melissa (Marty) Gurnoe, Lauren Socha (Matt Robison), Danny Roberts (Jennifer Fisher), Megan (Zach) Merschbrock, Libbie (Matt) Rauhauser, Emily (Jay) Roane, Madeleine Roberts (Jared Ridge), and Katie (Rob) Neault; great grandchildren, Henry, Blakely, Sarah and Silas. He is also survived by his brothers, Tom (Kathy) Roberts and John (Karen) Roberts; sisters, Mary Jane (Joe) Howe and Maureen Place; in-laws, Donna Roberts, Jim Bukowski, Carol Roberts, Gayle Roberts, and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ursula and Eugene Roberts; brothers, Jim, Mike and Richard Roberts; sisters, Colleen Bukowski and Pat Christansen; mother and father-in law, Ralph and Lillian Brown; brothers in-law, Ron Brown, Kenneth Place, Dean Miller, and Don Christansen.   

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at the Blessed Sacrament Church with Father Rob Howe officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. Interment will take place at the New Calvary Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Blessed Sacrament Church or Donor’s Favorite charity. On-line condolences may be left at smithminer.com      

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Roberts family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.   

Condolence Messages

  1. Frankie Yale

    12 April 2021 5 months ago

    Mr. Roberts truly lived life to the fullest, from serving in the military, to enjoying football games with his family. I ask that god look over him and his children, and to let all effected be graced with happiness. My condolences to his family. Amen

  2. Ray and Sue Bush

    27 March 2021 6 months ago

    Mary Jane and Joe
    Please accept our condolences at this time. We have fond memories of Joe and Shirley in years passed. Loved his laugh.
    Our prayers are out to you.
    Ray and Sue Bush

  3. Mark and Judy Burt

    27 March 2021 6 months ago

    Our sympathies to all members of the Roberts family. Joe will surely be missed as he loved to be around family He always had a good time and was happy to be included in gatherings. We will always remember the card games and drinks with Joe!

  4. Don and Ginny Eames

    23 March 2021 6 months ago

    Dear Roberts Family,
    We are sending the most sincere condolences in the loss of this great man who you all adored. I loved seeing pictures of him enjoying his family. Please know that our hearts are close to you as you navigate this sad time. Praises for a life well lived and for Joe’s presence in your lives. He was well loved!

  5. Pam Buchanan

    23 March 2021 6 months ago

    Deepest sympathies Dave, Susan , Libbie, Emily, Madeleine and entire family. Raven and Pam Buchanan

  6. Fritz Anthony

    22 March 2021 6 months ago

    Our 60+ years of friendship seams so short . Joe you truly was a developer of many managers.
    I’ll miss you Buddy it was my privilege to know you and your extended family

  7. Becky and Dave Jahn

    22 March 2021 6 months ago

    Dave and Susan,
    We are so saddened to learn of your father’s passing. We are certain you are left with both many lovely and humorous memories of your dad through the decades. It is sobering to feel orphaned, no matter what your age on the passing of a last parent. Love and prayers to you and all of your family. We pray that your father has joined God and all of his family in his final rest. We pray for healing love for all of you. We will remember him during mass this weekend. Love always, BECKY and Dave Jahn

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