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Gary Dale Roberts

Funeral Mass for Gary Dale Roberts, 76, Lawton, will be at noon Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church with the Rev. Philip Seeton, pastor, officiating.

Mr. Roberts passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 13, 2018. at his home in Lawton, after a two month battle with lung cancer.

Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

The Rosary will be at 6 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018, in the funeral home chapel.   

He was born in Apache, on July 17, 1941, the youngest of four boys to Guymon Jolly Roberts and Viola (Rinker) Roberts. He was raised in Apache and attended Boone School and graduated from Apache High School in 1959. He attended Connors College in Warner, on a football scholarship and later transferred to Cameron University.

He married Beverly Ann Carter and they had two sons John Keith and Jeffery Dale Roberts. They divorced. Gary married Sandra (Banta) Crusius on May 14, 1966, in Lawton. He adopted Sandra's son, Deke, in the fall of 1966 and they became a family. Julia Michelle arrived in 1967 and Michael Andrew in 1969.

As a young man, Gary worked for Arkla Gas, Kitty Clover Potato Chips and Coke Cola in Lawton. When he turned 21, he went to work for Southwest Sales Distributors rising in the ranks from warehouse helper to General Manager of their three warehouses in Lawton, Altus and Ardmore. He retired in 2001 just shy of 40 years service. Gary wasn't a man to sit around in retirement, so he continued to work for Jim Eason as a groundskeeper at St. James Apartments. Even that wasn't enough to keep Gary busy, so he often worked for Billingsley Ford as a driver.   

Gary had an incredible work ethic which he passed on to his children. He was an amazing man that demonstrated true kindness and love. His everlasting love of his wife, children, grandchildren and even their friends was never ending. Gary will be dearly missed but his kind smile, hearty laugh and gentle touch will remain with us all. Remember, if he didn't pick on you, he didn't love you!  

He is survived by his wife of 52 years; his children: Deke (Denise) Roberts, Edmond; Julie (Gregg) Hostetler, Edmond; and Michael (Barbara) Roberts, Lawton; John Keith and Jeffery Dale Roberts. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tonie (Erin) Gresalfi, Virginia Beach, Va., Michael Jr., Matthew Roberts and a step-granddaughter Jaelyn Tims, of Lawton; Alyssa, Aubrey and Cameron Hostetler, of Edmond. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Lucille Roberts, Mustang, and Shirley Roberts, Apache, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Julius and Georgia Banta, his parents, three brothers, Wendall, Wayne and Don his sister-in-law, Ginger Roberts; step-grandsons, Matthew and Dillan Brabant; and Beverly Ann Carter, his ex-wife.  

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund at Holy Family Catholic Church, Lawton.

An online guestbook and sympathy cards are available at

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