John H.B. Roberts, 80, a long time resident of Dallas, died May 6, 2012 in Sweetwater Texas, his home since 1991.
A memorial service celebrating John’s life will be held at the McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater, Texas, on Saturday May 12, 2012 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Curtis Ward officiating. There will be a visitation following the service at the funeral home.
John was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to Herbert and Alice Roberts on March 13, 1932. His family moved to Dallas in 1934. He began his schooling in the Park Cities and graduated from Texas Country Day, now St. Marks Academy. John began his college education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. And graduated with a BA in Business from University of Texas at Austin. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was a long time member of Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas.
In 1957, John began his lifelong dream of a career in aviation. He held multiple pilot certificates including instructor, sea planes and air transport ratings. John was a Chief Pilot and Operations Manager for Hood Airlines, a civilian and military air transport service. When opportunity struck, John established his own airline charter service, Roberts Airways, which he operated until 1990. John flew many charter missions all over the United States, Canada and Mexico.
In 1991, John and his wife Anne moved to Sweetwater, TX and he began a new career as a teacher in the Texas General Education Development program. John enabled many students to earn their high school equivalency general education diplomas, sometimes using his own car and resources to ensure that the students attended class. John retired in 2004.
He loved to play golf, travel and to be near the sea. John and Anne enjoyed Padre Island and diversely, the mountain area around Creed, Colo. Most of all, he enjoyed time with friends and family, animals and the good weather and sunsets of West Texas.
John is survived by his wife of 41 years, Anne Arbaugh Roberts of Sweetwater; one sister, Betty Roberts Day of Dallas; one aunt, Charlotte White of Dallas; two brother in-laws, James E. Day of Dallas and Charles H. Arbaugh of Durango, Colo.; two sister in-laws, Patricia Roberts of Dallas and Julie Arbaugh of Durango, Colo.; eight nephews; four nieces; and many loving friends and relatives.
John will be long remembered for his love of life, and his loyalty and loving devotion to his wife, family, and friends.