Harvey E. Roberts Jr., 94, of Sussex County, Del., died on Friday, May 17, 2019, after a brief illness.
He was born on Dec. 14, 1924, in Georgetown, Del., to Harvey and Pearl (Heiner) Roberts.
The family lived on a remote farm near the present day Redden State Park. Living without electricity and modern conveniences proved to be no challenge. Instead it provided the perfect backdrop for a life lived abundantly.
Roberts graduated with the Class of 1944 from Georgetown High School. These friendships became lifelong and were perpetuated with monthly breakfasts at a local Georgetown diner.
On March 20, 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army at the tender age of 18. His enlistment record describes his character as “excellent.” He completed his service in the Army at Fort Miles in Lewes, Del.
Roberts married his true love of 63 years, Evelyn Roberts, on Oct. 8, 1947. Shortly after their marriage, they relocated to Baltimore, Md. Roberts then enrolled in the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago for additional schooling.
His life was enriched with his work, his family, his community and the church. He became the Methodist youth fellowship director for decades at the Community United Methodist Church in Riviera Beach, Md. His love for people and especially children resulted in the Roberts’ opening their home and hearts to many foster and emergency needs children.
They retired in 1986 to Sussex County, back to their roots. Retirement allowed him the time to enjoy his home, gardening, his family, neighbors, volunteer work, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His friends say that his humor and wit was inspiring. He could tell a dry joke without cracking a smile. His iPad became a passion and also the daily news and politics. His enthusiasm for the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles remained throughout his life.
Since Evelyn’s death on 2011, Roberts has faithfully volunteered at the Atlantic Community Thrift Store (ACTS) near Ocean View, Del., and at the CHEER Activity Center, where he delivered Meals on Wheels.
His place of refuge was his home and his family, and he loved being a member of Mariner’s Bethel Methodist Church in Ocean View.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Roberts; parents, Harvey and Pearl Roberts; and his sister, Frances Nottingham.
He is survived by his three daughters, Deborah Skovron, Terry Roberts Witham and Ruthanne Jacobs, who struggle for words as to how much they loved him; their husbands, whom he considered sons, Walter Skovron, Olivier Karcher and Dennis Jacobs; his grandchildren, Kate Skovron Lee and her husband, Michael Lee, Joseph Skovron and his wife, Joan, Shauna Pompey and her husband, Andrew, Erin Jacobs, Stephen Jacobs and his wife, Sarah, Benjamin Jacobs and Christina Kelley and her husband, Paul; his great-grandchildren, whose company he enjoyed immensely, Selena Jacobs, Eva Lee, Will Pompey, Moses Jacobs, Hee Tae Lee, Nolan Skovron, Lydia Kelley and Hee Joon Lee; his brother, Talbert Roberts of Georgetown; his sister, Gertrude Smith of Laurel, Del.; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Mariner’s Bethel Methodist Church, at Route 26 and Central Avenue in Ocean View, Del. A fellowship luncheon for friends and family will follow. Interment will be at 2 p.m. at the Epworth Methodist Cemetery, 187 Henlopen Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Del.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to Meals on Wheels in care of the CHEER Activity Center, Ocean View, Del.
Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.