Claude Edward Roberts returned to his Heavenly Father October 29, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 1, 1923, in Grantsville, Utah to Edward Abraham Roberts and Gladys Christine Eliason. He was raised in Grantsville and graduated from Grantsville High School. He attended the University of Utah for one year.
In 1944 he married his sweetheart, Josephine Ellis, in the Salt Lake Temple. In the Spring of 1945 he went into the Merchant Marines. He returned home to work at the Tooele Army Depot. He got laid off for awhile because of reduction in force and went to work at Morton Salt for 2-3 years then went back to TOD and worked there for 30 years. He retired October 19, 1979. In 1966 he opened a meat packing plant called Tooele Valley Meat. Something he always wanted to do. He turned it over to his son, Eddie.
His wife passed away October 9, 2000. He is survived by his children, Dick Roberts (Margie), Mary Jo White (Bud, deceased), Gaye Shields (Versal, deceased), Eddie Roberts (Dawn), LeeAnn Saunders (Gale). He had 53 grandchildren, 62 great grandchildren, and 33 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a sister Lucy Roberts Sandberg and her husband Farrell Sandberg, two sons-in law.
He loved living in Grantsville and never missed the Old Folks Sociable through the years. He was proud to be a part of this town and was the Grand Marshall in the 4th of July Parade in 2015 with a good friend, Val Smith.
Funeral services will be held at the Grantsville LDS Chapel, at 410 Shelley Ln, Grantsville, Utah, Saturday at 12:00 p.m. with a viewing from 10:00 to 11:30. Internment will be at the Grantsville City Cemetery.