Harvey Ira Roberts, 102, of Auburn died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, in Auburn.

He was born June 4, 1902 in Eugene, Ore. to Lewis and Cora Roberts.

That same summer, the Roberts clan loaded up their wagons and moved to the Horse Heaven Hills. Mr. Roberts left home the spring of 1917, and rode his pony to Prosser. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines, May 12, 1920 and was discharged May 4, 1922.

On Sept. 20, 1923 he married Florence Mahar, who passed away May 30, 1926, leaving one daughter, Mary (Roberts) Glover.

On Aug. 19, 1927 he married Mary Ray. They had three children, Ruth (Roberts) Klein, Harvey Roberts and Robert Roberts.

During 1947, he married Ann Faden. Mr. Roberts outlived all three wives.

All of his sisters, May (Roberts) (Marko) Payne, Edna Roberts, Bessie (Roberts) Crawford, Elsie (Roberts) Naught; and all his brothers, Dee Roberts, Barney Roberts and Ned Roberts, preceded him in death.

He had 15 grandchildren, one who has passed away, 21 great-grandchildren, and also some great-great-grandchildren. He had 29 nieces and nephews, 10 who have also passed away.

Mr. Roberts was a born mechanic. When he was 12 years old, he ground the valves of the Model T Ford they were driving, while his dad and brother, Dee, and a cousin, Guy Roberts, fished the Klickitat River at Soda Springs. He earned his living most often as a mechanic, wherever he went, Grandview, Prosser, Mabton, Pullman, Moscow, Idaho, Troy, Idaho, and back to Pullman, Astoria, Ore., Auburn, Orting, and back to Auburn, where he was living when he retired.

Mr. Roberts garage burned at Mabton, in 1928. The family went to Pomeroy, where he sewed wheat sacks on a combine during harvest, then up to Pullman.

He liked to fish, whenever he had the time and the opportunity. Eventually, he bought a 25-foot boat and fished in the Puget Sound and the ocean. He also made four trips to Ketchikan, Alaska.

His funeral will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Viewing will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at 9 a.m. Burial will be follow at Mabton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.


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