Gene Boyd Roberts, Sr., lifelong Fairfax resident, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the Fairfax Community Hospital, with his family by his side. He was 82.
Born December 4, 1935, in Fairfax, Okla. he was the second son of Kirby M. and Frances Ellen (Tallchief) Roberts. He grew up in Fairfax and received his education in Fairfax schools. He proudly served our country in the Navy from 1956 to 1960.
Gene was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his family. He was a much-loved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He worked as a rancher and enjoyed raising both Red and Black Angus cattle. He was an active member of the Fairfax Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Osage Nation. He also enjoyed the martial arts.
On October 8, 1976, Gene married Shirley (Danner) Beard in Pawhuska and gained two step-sons; Albert and Bobby Beard. They made their home in Fairfax until the last several years where they lived on their farm west of town.
Surviving is his loving wife of over 40 years, Shirley of the home; son, Gene and (Rebecca) Roberts, Jr.; two daughters, Shelly Roberts and Terry Roberts; and step-son, Albert Beard. Numerous grandchildren including Corey Lee Roberts, Aslin Russell, Shawn Vincent, Jeremy Thomas, Natalie Hoff, Ryan Stefanelli and Lindsey Roberts; and beloved great-grandchildren as well as a cousin, Nettie and (John) Vickers.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kirby M. Roberts, Jr.; step-son, Bobby Beard, and stepmother, Fannie Potts Roberts.
A rosary was held April 25 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Fairfax with Father Chris Daigle officiating. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 26 also at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rite of Committal followed at the Fairfax Cemetery under the care of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.
Casket bearers were Henry Johnston, Dickey Johnston, Clyde Moore, King Bowman, Corey Lee Roberts and Jeremy Thomas. Honorary bearers were Chuck Bush, Hubert Hutchens, and Jim Hadlock.
Gene will be remembered for his “happy-go-lucky” attitude in life.
Condolences may be made at www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com