Russell L. Roberts

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Russell L. Roberts passed away Sept. 1, 2019, at his Edmond, Okla., home at the age of 86. Russell was born in 1933, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to J. M. (Jake) and Lilla (Boulware) Roberts. He attended OKC schools, graduating from Classen High School. Russell graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Geology. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1958 as an F-100 fighter pilot, 1st Lieutenant. He then became a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, serving until 1972.
In 1953, Russell married Joyce Myers. They made their home in Oklahoma City, Stillwater and, most recently, Edmond. They celebrated 62 years of marriage before the passing of Joyce in 2016.
Russell started his career in homebuilding and real estate development in 1958, eventually partnering with his younger brother, Phil, in these and many other endeavors. He was still actively involved in the management of the companies at the time of his death.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents; beloved spouse, Joyce; brother, Harold; granddaughter, Nikki; and grandson, J.B.
Survivors include his children, Debbie Roberts (Luis Molinar), Janey Walters (Chet), Bill Roberts (Sandy), and Laura Grooms (Marty); grandchildren, Michelle Stubenhofer (Matt), Ryan Reynolds (Adrianne), Chris Walters (Stephanie), Rusty Reynolds (Tiffany), Tanner Grooms (Elizabeth), Lindsay Clark, Travis Grooms, Keegan Grooms (Alyssa), Austin Walters, Allie Roberts, Katie Roberts, Kay Law and Kelly Law; along with six great-grandchildren; brother, Phil (Gayle Ann); and numerous very special nieces and nephews.
He was fortunate in the last few years to have enjoyed the special companionship of his longtime family friend Mary Kaye Foster.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Edmond Mobile Meals or Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary located in Luther, Okla.
A Celebration of Life service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Baggerley Funeral Home in Edmond.
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Published on September 4, 2019
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Susie Ellegard
Sep 06, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of your families loss. I will keep all of your family in my prayers.
Phil Phipps
Sep 06, 2019
I am sadden about hearing of Russell death. I enjoyed lot of fun conversations with Russell. He was a fun person.
Tammy Boatman
Sep 06, 2019
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Sep 04, 2019
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Judy Pendery
Sep 04, 2019
Even though I have not seen Russell in years as I am his cousin I am sorry to hear of his passing. My best wishes and prayers to all the remaining family and friends in your time of grief.
Cristi Twenter
Sep 04, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss to this wonderful family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Peace to you all.
Cristi Twenter
Sep 04, 2019
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