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“I was greatly saddened to learn of John's passing today. I grew up across the street from the Roberts and my brothers and I spent many a summer...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Jeff Mistarz - Northbrook, IL

“I met John freshman year in High School and we became great friends over the years. We had many, many fun times and alot of laughs. We shared a...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Sue Way - McHenry, IL

“Beacky so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. ”
3 of 35 | Posted by: LORI JOSIGER - MERRILL, WI

“Becky and family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of John. Andy truly enjoyed calling him a friend and playing ball with him. He has so many...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Julie & Andy Zuelsdorff - Merrill, WI

“Dear Becky & All the Roberts Family & Friends- Our deepest condolences and sincere warm thoughts are with you all. We all have many fond memories...Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: William S. Pirie & Family - IL

“I'm so sorry for your loss Ashley! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 35 | Posted by: Holly Landwehr and Family - WI

“May our Lord help you thru your grief at this time, keep the memories in your head, the love you shared in your heart... ”
7 of 35 | Posted by: Mike & Cheryl Paul - Merrill, WI

“Becky you and your family are in our family's thoughts and prayers. John is no longer suffering and is in a better place. Shelly and Rick Storm...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Shelly Storm - Merrill, WI

“Becky and Family, I just wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. ”
9 of 35 | Posted by: Janene Polster - Marathon, WI

“John was such a great person to be around in our Columbia College days, with his warm infectious smile and laugh, and his fun, friendly demeanor. My...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Elizabeth Fritzel Muich - MO

“i'm so sorry for your loss he will be missed. ”
11 of 35 | Posted by: Tammie Ossig - Merrill, WI

“Becky and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jeff and Shell ”
12 of 35 | Posted by: Michelle

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
13 of 35 | Posted by: Boesel Family

“My deepest sympathy goes out to John’s family. While I have lost a lifelong best friend, I know your loss is much greater. You are in my...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Dave Eimers - Estacada, OR

“I'm so sorry Ashley! Prayers and good thoughts to you and your family. ”
15 of 35 | Posted by: Rhiannon Weiss

“Becky and family Very sad to learn of John's passing. His infectious smile and laughter, along with an optimistic disposition will be missed. Over...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Dee Olsen - Merrill, WI

“My deepest sympathy goes out to John’s family. While I have lost a lifelong best friend, I know your loss is much greater. You are in my thoughts...Read More »
17 of 35 | Posted by: Dave Eimers - Estacada, OR

“Becky, John has forever touched my life!! Blessings, prayers and thought are with you and your beautiful family as you find your way in this changed...Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: Martin Ferris - Edgar, WI

“Had some good times with John and DC on those ice fishing weekends! Sorry to hear of your loss! Joe ”
19 of 35 | Posted by: Joe Straub - Marathon, WI

“Becky & Family, Sorry for your loss. May the Good Lord give you and yours peace and comfort. ”
20 of 35 | Posted by: Norb & Judy Doering - Merrrill, WI

“Becky & Family, Sorry for your loss. May the Good Lord give you and yours peace and comfort. ”
21 of 35 | Posted by: Norb & Judy Doering - Merrrill, WI

“To the Robert families: I am so sorry for your grief. I don't want to say loss because you will never lose him. John will always be with you. He...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: Amy Rajek - Merrill, WI

“John was one of my first friends at Columbia College. He had an infectious laugh that could make you laugh, even if you didn't know what he was...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Kim Morgan - Hampton, VA

“John was always smiling no matter what was going on with his day. He made everyone feel special and was kind to all. He had a warm heart, with a kind...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Debbie Morrison - Denver, CO

“Becky, I am so sorry for your loss. John was a very special man. God Bless ”
25 of 35 | Posted by: Carrie Cordova - Tomahawk, WI

“I lived next door to John our Freshman year at Columbia College. John had the biggest, loudest, coolest stereo system in the dorm (Banks Hall) and...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Floyd Alsbach - Marshall, MO

“It is with much sadness to learn of John's passing. John and I got to know each other as he called on my business. He was a wonderful...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Keith Paul - Marathon, WI

“Too young. We were adversaries most of the time as I sold print and he sold air! I am sorrowful that he left us way to early. God be with his...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: Jerry - Eau Claire, WI

“Oh, my............what to say. We all loved him so much at CC. He had another whole life beyond that.............I can only TRY to put myself in your...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Toni Blanton-Shearer - Columbia, MO

“My heart goes out to your entire family! John was an extra-ordinarily genuinely kind hearted man - You couldn't help liking him from the get go! It...Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Nancy Holtzclaw - Albuquerque, NM

“Linda and Family; Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all! Cathy & Terry Larson ”
31 of 35 | Posted by: Casthy & Terry Larson - Gilbert, AZ

“My family and I extend our deepest sympathy to Becky, the girls, and cousins Susan, Linda and Chip. It is far too soon to be without John here. My...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Charlie Hargrave - Wilmette, IL

“Rest in Peace my brother. I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Becky and the girls. He was a great guy and will be deeply missed. Say hi to...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Walter, Joan, Jennifer and Jamie Roberts - NH

“So sorry for your loss. ”
34 of 35 | Posted by: Tammy Ditter

“our deepest sympathys go out to the family. ”
35 of 35 | Posted by: tim mueske family - merrill, WI


John W. Roberts, 55, of Merrill, WI found peace at home, surrounded by his wife and children on December 5, 2012, following a 20 month battle with cancer. John was born December 2, 1957 in Evanston, IL to the late Harriet Pirie and W. Donald Roberts Jr. He graduated from New Trier West High School and later from Columbia College in Missouri. He married Rebecca Becker on January 7, 1995 in Merrill. John spent his entire career working in media; beginning at WJMT in Merrill and over time working at WJFW in Rhinelander, and finally at WXCO in Wausau. Many people will remember John as the voice of WJMT's Auction Block, 'Klinger' from the MASH blood drive, the Little Red Wagon races, and the March of Dimes Walk for Babies. He also spent many years as a Merrill Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and member of the Merrill Evening Lion's club. His greatest joy came from watching his four beautiful daughters grow and turn into amazing young women. He was always beloved by all of the girls' friends, considered by many to be a second dad. Being a big kid himself, he was always finding ways to create fun and laughter for any child lucky enough to spend time with him. Anyone who knew John was quickly considered a friend for whom he would do anything to help. His infectious laugh and easy smile were like a magnet to everyone that came near him. John was a die-hard Chicago Bears and Cubs fan, for which he took a lot of good-natured grief. His true passion was fishing; either on his boat or through the ice- the walls of his cabin are covered in his trophies. When he wasn't fishing at the cabin, he was spending time there with his family and friends. He loved taking the kids tubing and making s'mores around the campfire. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca, Merrill; daughters, Katie (David) of Portland, OR; Ashley, Emily, and Ally, all of Merrill. Sisters, Susan Casey, Naples FL; Linda (Dwight) Dendy, Caledonia IL; Brother, Walter (Joan) Roberts, Kensington NH; Step-mother, Maureen Roberts, Keswick VA; Step-sister, Candy Reynolds, Palmyra VA; and Step-brother, Matthew Pillsbury, Chariton IA. He is also survived by his mother and father in-law, David and Kathy Becker, Merrill, Brother-in-law, Kris Becker, Merrill. Uncle John will be missed by his nephews, Brian, Kevin, Kristopher, Logan, and Lucas; and his nieces, Jennifer, Jamie, Megan, Jenna, and Jade. He was preceded in death by his mother, Harriet Pillsbury; father, W. Donald Roberts, and step-father, Bill Pillsbury. The family would like to give their sincere thanks to all of you who gave us so much love and support during John's fight, especially our family, friends, and the wonderful nurses from Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, December 10 at Waid Funeral Home in Merrill, with the visitation from 3-8pm on Sunday, December 9, and again from 10AM until the time of service on Monday. Deacon Linda Schmidt will officiate. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com TIP UP!!!

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