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Don Roberts

December 7, 1943 — January 11, 2017

Don Roberts 73, of Grand Marais, died after a courageous battle with cancer, Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in North Shore Health in Grand Marais.

He was born December 7, 1943 to Donald and Patricia (Brown) Roberts in Duluth.  Don grew up on the East coast and Alaska, and graduated from Holy Cross High School in Delaware.  He enlisted in the Navy after graduation and served 32 years including 2 tours in Vietnam, where he was wounded twice and received two Purple Hearts.  Don obtained the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer 1st Class before retiring in 1993.  He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion Post #413, Ridge Rider Snowmobile Club, Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association, ATV Club, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ducks Unlimited, and the NRA.  Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors, Fox News, and watching the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins, and most of all time with his family

Don was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Richard.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly of Grand Marais, children, Troy of Hermantown, Natalie (Tobias) Odipo of Kenya, Krista Roberts of Fargo, North Dakota; brother, Dan (Judy) Roberts of Dover, Delaware; step-brother, Jack Blackwell of Idaho; and Billy Blackwell of Grand Portage; step-sister, Mary (George) Harrelson of Grand Portage; and step-mother Jean Roberts of Grand Marais; five grandchildren, Alec and Sofia of Illinois, Kirralee, Latisha, and Katelyn of Kenya; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2PM  Memorial Service Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais. Burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery at a later date.


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