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Howard C. Roberts

Fairview – Howard C. Roberts, 84, of Fairview, passed away at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Heartland Health Care Center in Galesburg, IL. He was born on November 8, 1934 in Vermont, IL to Charlie Howard and Edna May (Fitch) Roberts. He married Marcia Marlene Dickerson on November 26, 1954 in Fairview, IL. She preceded him in death on February 11, 1991.

Howard was also preceded in death by his parents, one great-grandson, Ryder Armstrong, and one sister, Ramona Vance.

Surviving is one daughter, Joy (David) Mahr of Yates City; three grandchildren, Carissa (Aaron) Haning of Bloomington, Courtney (Kim) Mahr of Hanna City, and Caylin (Ryan) Armstrong of Monmouth; seven great-grandchildren, Jacob, Christine, and Caleb Mahr, Samuel and Johanna Haning, Tyler Armstrong, and Hazel Haning; one brother, William “Bill” (the late Roberta) Roberts of Canton; and his companion, Martha Fitch of Lewistown.

Howard retired from Caterpillar in 1984 after 31 years of service. He was a member of the Fairview American Legion Post 644, Masonic Lodge 350 in Fairview, and the Mohammad Shriners.

Howard served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.

Services will be held at 2:30 PM on Monday, August 19, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL where a visitation will be held from 1:30-2:30 PM. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Wiley Cemetery in Ellisville, IL. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Beacon of Hope Hospice, or Fairview Fire Department. To view Howard’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

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  • Kim Watkins

    Reply August 15, 2019 1:00 pm

    Was a pleasure to know Howard ! We will all miss him.

    • Joy Mahr

      Reply August 21, 2019 5:43 pm

      Thank you for your kind words.

  • Diane Ward

    Reply August 15, 2019 1:40 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family I loved seeing Howard when I worked at courtyard estates in Farmington.

    • Joy Mahr

      Reply August 21, 2019 5:44 pm

      Thank you and your care of my dad.

  • Jamie Adams

    Reply August 15, 2019 4:06 pm

    A wonderful man who will be missed.

    • Joy Mahr

      Reply August 21, 2019 5:45 pm

      Thank you Jamie. You and your family are a true blessing.

  • Holly Zessin

    Reply August 15, 2019 5:00 pm

    Prayers for the family. I know he will be remembered with love.

    • Joy Mahr

      Reply August 21, 2019 5:45 pm

      Thank you Holly.

  • Oldemar Madrigal

    Reply August 16, 2019 6:46 am

    Will miss you Grandpa Roberts … The greatest man I´ve ever met !!! Rest in peace.. You will always be in my heart … 08/16/2019 San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Sandra Kay Roberts Watkins-Czachowski

    Reply August 16, 2019 3:54 pm

    Joy, I have fond memories of your father. He and your mother visited my parents, George and Maudie Roberts when we lived in the London Mills area. Later, when mom and dad moved to Galesburg, your dad and mom made the long journey to visit at least once a month. Howard rode a bike with the other Roberts boys. I remember your dad had the most infectious laugh I have ever heard. A fun guy to be around. Such a great man.

    • Joy Mahr

      Reply August 21, 2019 5:54 pm

      Thank you for your kinda words and sharing your memories. I remember staying with your family too. Carol would make me
      feel like a special little girl at the fashion shows. It was always fun to stop at your parents your mom would always treat me special.
      Dad and Mom always enjoyed your parents. They were great people.

  • Jayne

    Reply August 17, 2019 7:24 pm

    Joy, Dave and family, I am so saddened to see that Howard has passed. I have so many fond memories of him. He was always the jokester and sure had a fantastic grin and laugh!! Sending love and warm hugs to you all during this sad time.

    • Joy Mahr

      Reply August 21, 2019 5:48 pm

      So many memories when we were teens and the grief dad and your dad gave us. How they both love to torment us both. Was great seeing you at the funeral, but wished we could have seen each other in another place.
      Love ya

  • Gary and Pam Kruzan

    Reply August 19, 2019 11:57 am

    Howard was a dear friend to all of the Kruzan family . I had many great conversations with him . He was a wise person. I always had great respect for him . He will be missed . May the peace of God comfort Joy and all his family at this time.

    • Joy Mahr

      Reply August 21, 2019 5:49 pm

      Gary and Pam
      Thank you for your kind words . Yes we will all miss him.
      Thank you so much for all you have done for our family.

  • Julianna Anderson

    Reply August 19, 2019 7:33 pm

    Howard was a wonderful man. I absolutely loved taking care of him are Courtyard Estates in Farmington and talking with him about his life. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Joy, martha and all of Howard’s family are in my prayers

    • Joy Mahr

      Reply August 21, 2019 5:51 pm

      Thank you for taking great care of him under your watch. He enjoyed so many of you at the Courtyard Estates at Farmington and Canton.
      Our family appreciates all you did for him.

  • Joy Mahr

    Reply August 21, 2019 5:43 pm

    Oldemar warms my heart to know that you still remember and think of of my dad. thank you for your thoughtful words. Love Joy

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