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William A. "Bill" Roberts, age 93 of Clinton, passed away Friday, February 2, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center North. In following William's wishes cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Pape Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will begin at 3:00 P.M. Burial will be at a later date in Springdale Cemetery.

Bill was born in Seattle, WA on November 1, 1924, the son of William Arthur and Bess (Bay) Roberts, Sr. He graduated from Soldan High School in St. Louis. He received his undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State and his Master's Degree in Sociology and History from George Peabody College in Nashville, TN. He served in the U.S. Army with General Patton's 3rd Army in the European Theater during W.W. II, including the Battle of the Bulge. Bill married Bernadette Broadrick on September 27, 1946 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Bill was head of the Sociology Department at Clinton Community College and also taught night classes at Mt. St. Clare College.

Bill loved spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed music, dancing to big band music, fishing, especially at Pequot Lakes in Minnesota, and socializing. He loved to teach and tell stories.

Bill is survived by his wife, Bernadette; three children, William A. (Julie) Roberts of West Palm Beach. FL, Katherine (Steve) Regenwether of Memphis, TN and Kenneth (Adonna) Roberts of Hillsdale, IL; 10 grandchildren, Julie, Cristella, Danielle, Will, Eric, Matthew, Jedediah, Jocelyn, Dominque and Gabrielle and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Ellen and Betty Ann. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.
Published on February 4, 2018
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