November 7, 1958 – September 11, 2012
John E. Roberts, 53, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at his home in Garwin, Iowa.
Private services will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
John Edward Roberts was born November 7, 1958 in Hammond, Indiana to Thomas and Frances (Thurmond) Roberts. John grew up in Robbinsdale, Minnesota and graduated high school from Robbinsdale Sr High in 1976. After high school John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving his country for 13 years until he was honorably discharged after being wounded while on Embassy Dutiy in San Jose, Costa Rica. Some notable medals that John earned are Navy Commendation Medal , Good Conduct Medal and Purple Heart. John enjoyed collecting antique toys, watching movies, and working on projects to fix. Mostly he loved spending time with his family and was very proud of his service in the Marines.
Survivors include his siblings, Thomas (Sheri) Roberts of Woodbridge, Virginia, Mary (Len) Marquart of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and Daniel Roberts of Northeast Minneapolis; grandfather, Leo Thurmond of Sullivan, Missouri; five nieces; three great-nieces; one great-nephew; and aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, David Roberts.Information provided by: Ankeny Funeral Home and Crematory 1510 West First Street Ankeny, IA 50021 515.964.4674 www.ankenyfuneralhome.com