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Jeffery Lee Roberts

August 20, 1946 ~ October 1, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Jeffery Roberts Obituary

Lt. Col. (Retired) Jeffrey Lee Roberts

August 20, 1946 – October 1, 2023

Jeff was born in Janesville, Wisconsin to Juene LaMae Roberts and Darvin Lee Roberts. Jeff spent his early years in Eau Clair, Wisconsin where he attended Riverview School, a two-room country school. Jeff attended Cortez High School in Phoenix and Arizona State University where he earned his degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  Jeff also earned a Master of Science in Administration.

Jeff had a distinguished 22-year career in the US Air Force.  He began that career as a C130 pilot, a dream he had since he was a child. He had almost 4,000 hours of flying with 498 of those hours being combat missions in Viet Nam.  He received many awards and medals for his service including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Viet Nam Service Medal.   

After retiring from the Air Force in 1990, he moved to Lakeside, Arizona.  Jeff loved the White Mountain Communities where he taught school at McNary Elementary School, coached soccer at Blue Ridge High School and served with the Show Low Senior Patrol.  He also enjoyed the golf opportunities and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Jeff is survived by his wife Denise Kern, daughter Jill Cole and sons Douglas, David (Tracey), Patrick (Jen) and Jonathan as well as three Stepsons: Jonathon (Corrine) Ryan (Angela) and Joshua.  Jeff is also survived by his sister Linda Cannon, two brothers Kerry J. and Murray A. and many nieces and nephews.  Jeff particularly enjoyed his 19 Grandchildren.

His family, while heartbroken, has enormous gratitude for the wisdom, strength and love he gave all of us.  A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Jeff supported many charities throughout his life. Memorial Donations may be made to Wounded Warriors, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Senior Patrol of Show Low.

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