Paul Kermit "Spanky" Roberts, 76, Sheridan, passed away Wednesday morning, March 11, 2020 at Wellbrooke of Westfield surrounded by his loving family.
Born Sept. 21, 1943 in Lebanon, he was the son of the late Leon Franklin "Cookie" and Ruth Anna (Barker) Roberts.
Not too long after graduating from Whitestown High School with the Class of 1963, he proudly served his country in the United States Army, spending much of his deployment stationed in Korea.
On May 7, 1967, he married the former Janet Darlene Sedwick.
Mr. Roberts grew up in rural Boone County and spent hours upon hours helping out around the family farm. Tending to the dairy herd, which was one of his favorite parts of their farm, and getting to spend time working with his dad was a pretty good way to grow up. He always seemed to be in his element when he was around the farm and he tried to stay connected to agriculture in some way throughout his life. Through the years Mr. Roberts worked for Kaiser Fertilizer in Fayette, did some dairy farming around the Carmel area, and worked for United Feeds in Sheridan. He also worked with Bouse Construction and for BIMCO in Sheridan for several years.
Mr. Roberts had a strong devotion to his family. Whatever activities they were involved in, he made it a point to be involved. One of the activities to which he devoted much of his free time was being a Band Booster for Marion-Adams (now Sheridan) Blackhawk Band and Guard. The band program had a core group of parents who would show up and help with anything and everything - building props and equipment trailers, sewing flags and uniforms, driving buses and trucks – whatever needed done. This group was a wonderful asset to the program, but they also developed quite the reputation. There was an inner circle of long-time band parents that had to be chaperoned more closely than the children did. If they could think up a prank, they would pull it – on the kids, on the band director and staff and on the other parents and each other. He was the instigator of quite a few of those pranks and the victim of nearly as many. Those stories have since become somewhat of a legend and are the source of a lot of wonderful memories. After his son graduated, he continued to be an active part of the booster organization for many years, following his niece through the program.
Mr. Roberts also enjoyed going fishing, playing a round of golf, or just taking off on his motorcycle. He also loved watching TV. Seriously, he loved watching TV, especially old westerns. When people would stop by for a visit, they better time it around his programs. If a visitor showed up while a western was on, he would continue watching until it was over - then his attention would shift to visiting.
In 2001 Mr. Roberts suffered a major stroke and his life would change in a big way. With the help of his loving family he was able to recover and return home. As he needed more constant care, he moved to a home unit at Wellbrooke of Westfield. It was the perfect fit for Paul and his family. It wasn't long before he had the run of the place. He would get on his scooter and give the nurses a run for their money. He would zoom around the halls and visit other Sheridan residents that were at Wellbrooke. Sometimes you just didn't know where you would find him.
He was a longtime member of Sheridan Six Points Church.
Survivors include his loving wife, Janet Darlene (Sedwick) Roberts; his son, Raymond Dean (Susan) Roberts of Atlanta; three grandchildren, Taylor, Tanner and Kaylee Roberts; his brother, the Rev. Richard L. (Marilyn) Roberts of Pleasant Plains, Ark.; a sister, Debbie R. (Marc) Wiley of Lebanon; a brother-in-law, Mike (Anita) Sedwick of Sheridan; a mother-in-law, Mary Sedwick; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his father-in-law, Fred Sedwick, Jr.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2020 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Brad Pointer will be officiating. Visitation will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be presented to Sheridan Six Points Church, 1545 W. 226th St., Sheridan, Indiana 46069.
Mr. Roberts had a signature phrase that he used for any and all occasions, and with that we end his obituary in the same fashion, by saying to you all . . . God Bless America!