George D. Roberts, a lover of life, a visionary, a philosopher and a good friend to many, died unexpectedly in his home Monday, May 6, 2013. He was 62. He was born on Dec. 20, 1950, in Newport, R.I., to the late George Roberts Sr. and Rosemary (Harkins-Johnson). In 1972, George married his wife, Suzanne (Owsley) Roberts. She survives.
George lived in the moment and led by example. He took every opportunity to recognize the beauty in life, the potential greatness of a situation and the individual uniqueness in all people. One of his biggest philosophies was that it is “important to continue to grow” ... and he never stopped growing, fueled by an incredible curiosity for learning new things.
There was not a sport at which George didn’t excel, but he is known as an avid cyclist (Breakaway Bicycle Club) and a great basketball player. He loved long walks, telling a good story or joke, reading biographies, lively political debates, taking naps in the sun, the outdoors, camping, photography, music, talking with people and spending time with his family.
He approached every activity as a challenge for fun and achievement. He loved chess and Ping-Pong matches, was a voracious reader and loved traveling.
Two of his favorite quotes were, “There is no finish line,” and “carpe diem.” Words he lived by.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Roberts, Kokomo; three children, Aimee (Anush) Roberts-Mahalingam, Pasadena, Calif., Lesley Roberts, Los Angeles, Calif., and Eli Roberts, Bangkok, Thailand; three sisters, Diann Roberts, Kokomo, Rose Costa, Kokomo, and Donna Roberts, Kokomo; four brothers, Paul Roberts, Connecticut, John J. (Mary-Honey) Roberts, Kokomo, Mark (Susan) Roberts, Lafayette, and Brian (Donna) Roberts, Philadelphia; several very special nieces and nephews; and numerous special friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Terri Roberts; and brother-in-law, Dewayne Owsley.
A celebration of life service will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., with military honors provided by the United States Army, the local VFW Military Rites Team and Pastor Morgan Young officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George’s memory may be made to Kokomo Rescue Mission. You are invited to read George’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, or share a personal message to the family. Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel is handling arrangements.
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