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Theodore 'Gene' Roberts

October 16, 1942 ~ November 21, 2020 (age 78)


On Saturday, November 21, 2020, Theodore Roberts (lovingly called Gene), husband and father of two children, Kelly Ann and Sean David, passed away at age 78.

Gene was born on October 16th, 1942 in Urbana, IL to Delmar and Anna (Knott) Roberts. He graduated from Urbana High School in 1960, was the owner of 6-12 Convenience Store of Champaign and retired from the University of Illinois building services department. On May 28, 1966, he married Deanna Charlene (Char) nee Apperson.

Gene had a great love for his Catholic faith and was a beloved parishioner of the Holy Cross Church in Champaign. Gene had a passion for many things in life including, reading, music, politics, and the Green Bay Packers. He loved to combine his passions over long discussions with friends and family over a cup of coffee. Gene was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister Carol Sue, brother John David, and wife Char.

He is survived by his sister Vicki, 2 children, 9 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The funeral Mass will be at 11:00am on Friday, November 27 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, 403 W Clark, Champaign and will be live streamed on the Holy Cross Facebook page. Covid-19 restrictions will be enforced.

Please make a donation in Gene's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Private Services

Holy Cross Church (Champaign)


St Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105

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