John “Jack” Roberts

Jan. 11, 1934 – Sept. 23, 2013

A private family service for John “Jack” Roberts of Norfolk, Neb., will be held at a later date. Jack, 79, died Sept. 23 at Faith Regional Health and Human Services in Norfolk.

He was born Jan. 11, 1934, in Greybull, the son of Arlie and Ruth Otey Roberts. He received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School in 1952. He played football, basketball, and was a member of both the GHS band and choir.

Jack attended the University of Wyoming for one year and went on to graduate from Sioux Falls College with his BA in music. He earned his master’s in music supervision in Greeley, Colo.

He married Beatrice Kluver June 2, 1956, in Columbus, Neb.

Jack taught music in various places, including York, Neb., for seven years.  In 1968 he went into private business. He retired in Columbus and became a substitute teacher.

Jack and Beatrice moved to Norfolk in 2005. He directed different church choirs, was a tenor soloist for weddings and was a member of the Community Theater in Columbus.

Jack enjoyed watching “Big Red” football, trout fishing, and his family and grandchildren.

His parents, Arlie and Ruth Roberts, one brother, one sister and grandson Noah Deichmann preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Beatrice of Norfolk; three sons and a daughter-in-law, John and LaVern Roberts Jr. of Chicago, Walter Roberts of Tokyo, and Scott Roberts of Norfolk; daughter and son-in-law, Darrin and Roxanne Deichmann of Norfolk; one brother, Eugene Roberts of Gold Beach, Ore., and nine grandchildren.