James “Jim Bo” Anthony Roberts, age 82, of Delaware, IN passed away on Friday June 19, 2020 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born March 28, 1938 in Batesville, Indiana; the son of the late Wayne and Virginia (Benham) Roberts. Jim grew up along with his brothers and sisters on the farm outside of Delaware.
Jim attended school in Napoleon and was a graduate of the class of 1956. After graduation from high school, Jim enrolled in school at Purdue University. He, then, proudly served in the United States Army. After his service was complete, he returned home, where his sister would introduce him to Patricia Katzman from Mulberry, Indiana. His life would be changed forever and they were united in marriage on April 17, 1965. Recently they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with 3 children.
Jim was well known by the local community. He spent 32 years working for Laughery Valley Ag Co-op. His work years began in the feed mill and ended up managing the farm store. Jim enjoyed attending and supporting his kids and grandkids in whatever event they were participating in. Jim never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with any willing soul. Upon retirement from the Co-Op, Jim spent a few years in the security department at the Versailles State Park.
Jim was a lifelong Delaware United Methodist Church, a 50 plus year member of the Masonic Lodge, and member of the Versailles Legion Post.
Jim is survived by wife Pat, sons Bill (Debbie) Roberts and Mark (Anne) Roberts, daughter Linda Hoffman, grandchildren; Andi, Crista, James, Nathan, Molly, Elizabeth, and Suzanne, brothers Bill (Virginia) of Vevay, John (Marsha) f Rochester, and David (Linda) of Manchester. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Billy Hoffman, and sisters Lois Workman and Laura Lou.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday June 23 from 4-7 pm. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday June 24 at 10 am, with doors opening at 9 am, also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Jac-Cen-Del Scholarship fund. Online condolences can be left at Nealsfuneralhome.net
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