Date of Death: September 5, 2023

Service Details

Visitation will be held Saturday, September 16, 2023 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor P.J. Horn officiating. He will be laid to rest in Moorepark Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Lewis E. Roberts Jr., 77, of Three Rivers, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

He was born June 17, 1946 in Three Rivers, the son of Lewis E. and LaDonna (Weinberg) Roberts, and graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1964.

Lewie started his work career as a construction worker with Clifton Engineering and then with Bloom & Meyer. Next was Spring Tool Corporation where he worked in maintenance and did a lot of traveling to other countries in the repair business. Then he went to Parker Hannifin as the plant supervisor, and later to Summit Polymers as the maintenance supervisor where he retired. After retirement he drove truck for Roberts Excavating, Walther Farms, and H&H Farms. He always enjoyed “fiddling” with something.

On August 14, 1971, he married JoAnn Whitehead. He enjoyed going to upper Michigan with family for summer vacations.

Lewie loved fishing with his buddy, Paul Whitehead. Paul always managed to tip the boat over, so he got wet.

Even though he said he would never go on a cruise, Lewie took a cruise to Alaska. It was a very memorable trip for him. He always wanted to go to Glacier National Park which was a dream come true last year when the boys planned a wonderful trip for him.

He enjoyed camping and hunting; he was a member of the NRA, IHMSA, and St. Joseph County Conservation and Sportsman Club. The picnic spot was his place to sit on the bench and look at the river. He built a beautiful fire pit, and his family had many gatherings there.

Lewie also loved to just ride around the countryside and Sunday was usually a day to go for ice cream.

He was very proud of his family and loved watching his grandchildren in activities they were involved in, such as baseball and cheer competition.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his wife, JoAnn Roberts; children, Chad Eugene Roberts (Liz Smith), Clint Lewis Roberts (Suzi Brown), Ezra Gray (Christa Langsdorf) and Laura-lee Wickham; grandchildren, Martin, Shelby, Gage, Vanessa, and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Aden, Bennett, Mary, Kayce, Campbell, Nolan, and Isaac.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George Harley Roberts; and sister, Jacquline.

Additional Information

Donations in Lewie’s memory may be directed to the Lieber Institute for Brain Development ( Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. JoAnn, I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your husband. Reading all the above, I see that he was a very special man. Hugs and prayers for you and your family. Annette

  2. JoAnn my heart hurts to hear about your hubby!
    My prayers for you and your family and may God hold you all in his loving hands and carry you through this very difficult time!
    With love Sue Hedges…
    Also .if he knew Sharon I am sure they are already having a good time being together and him with other loved ones who have proceeded him! My love, prayers and condolences to you and family! ❤️🙏

  3. Mr. Roberts, we’ve never met, but I know you were a wonderful person, considering how wonderful your son you raised (Chad) is….I’d like to extend my very deepest and sincere condolences to the entire family , may you RIP 🙏💙

  4. Please accept my sincere condolences. I pray that our Lord. Blesses and comfort you and your family. During this time of grief. I am lost for words. add this sad time. Please know that I am thinking of you. And praying for peace and comfort.

  5. Lewie, was an amazing Man, We were blessed to meet him camping, and quickly became friends with him and JoAnn!
    We will greatly miss you Lewie! We will look up at the stars and think of you often!
    JoAnn and Family, we are so sorry for your huge loss, we will keep you in our prayers.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Tony and Melanie

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