He was a native of Chicago, earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at the University of Illinois, and worked for Armco Steel for 30 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in the India Theater.
In his years of retirement he was an active volunteer for an adult daycare center specializing in Alzheimer's care and the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church when he lived in Danville.
He was preceded in death by siblings Edward, Robert and Janet. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret M. Wyatt; children and their spouses Rich and Ellen Wyatt of Midlothian, Ill., Michael Wyatt of Parker, Colo., William Wyatt of Chicago, Ill., Mary and Dan Farrell of Madera, Trish and Mark Van Tine of Parker, Colo., Anne and Mike McCall of Danville, and Peggy and Bill Darden of Danville; his brother Roger and his wife Beverly of Indian Wells, Calif.; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Isidore Catholic Church on April 14. A Memorial Mass will also be celebrated in Chicago. Remembrances may be made to Madera Community Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1328, Madera CA 93639.
Richard G. 'Dick' Roberts
Richard G. Roberts, a former resident of Blackhawk, died in his sleep in the company of his wife at their home in Marana, Ariz., on April 11.
He was born June 17, 1941, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Glenn and Catherine Roberts. He moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1952 and graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1959 and the University of Florida in 1962.
He lived in the Bay Area from 1963 to 2000, when he moved to Marana. He was a successful financial services consultant, specializing in complex estate planning cases, and was a member of the life insurance industry's Million Dollar Roundtable and International Forum. He was CEO of First Financial Resources.
He loved golf, and was passionate about fly-fishing. He loved travel, and he and his wife went all over the world in his final years. Other passions were excellent wines and spending time with his 3-year-old grandson.
He was a larger-than-life figure, with a presence and personality that made him the center of any party or gathering, often due to his razor sharp wit and keen sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife, Leal Roberts of Marana, Ariz.; daughter and son-in-law Adrienne and Ron Vyse of Livermore; daughter and son-in-law Melinda and Keith Waters of San Ramon; brother Fritz Roberts of Davie, Fla.; sisters Glenna Del Rio of Homestead, Fla. and Jackie Whitlock of Portland, Ore.; and one grandson.
A celebration of his life was held at Blackhawk Country Club on April 27. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arizona Cancer Center, P.O. Box 245024, Tucson, AZ 85724; or the American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter, P.O. Box 28890, Tucson, AZ 85726.
Barbara Jean Irwin
Danville resident Barbara Jean Irwin fought hard against Alzheimer's disease before she died April 7 at the age of 85.
She was born July 3, 1922. She was predeceased by her husband Grant in August 2004. She is survived by her children Russ Irwin, Marjie Abrahamson, Nancy Asmus and Eric Irwin; and eight grandchildren. Family and close friends gathered May 3 to celebrate her life.
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