Clovis Roberts

Friday, September 21, 2012

Clovis C. Roberts was born June 21, 1925 in Paton, the fourth of twelve children born to Roy and Helen Leber Roberts. He grew up in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansa during the Great Depression.

In 1943, he was a senior in high school when his nation called him to service in the U.S. Navy. He and his five brothers served their country in the Pacific theatre. Clovis was a gunner protecting ships transporting troops and supplies between New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946.

In 1952, Clovis and his oldest brother, Rollly, went looking for adventure to the territory of Alaska. Rolly went back to the midwest but Clovis had found his new home. Mr. Roberts began a career with the U.S. Air Force Civil Service. He traveled throughout Alaska from the Aleutian chain to the Ice Flow (IGY) of the Arctic cap.

Clovis' sister-in-law reintroduced the bachelor to a beautiful widow on a visit to Iowa. He remembered Harriet Randall because they had ridden the same country school bus when they were little. He recalled she was the most talkative kid on the bus. Clovis and Harriet married on May 25, 1964. For their honeymoon, they drove a half-ton moving van up the Al-Can with her 10-year-old daughter in tow. The new couple bought a house in Eagle River which hadn't been damaged in the Good Friday Earthquake. On July 8, 1967 a son, Joel, joined the family. The Roberts Family lived in the Coronado Road house in Eagle River for 13 years.

Clovis retired in 1977 from the Exterior Electric Shop on Elemendorf A.F.B. where he had been the Foreman. He often said, "Retirement is one of the best words in the English language." Instead of moving south as many retirees do, he moved 10 miles north to Peters Creek. The family lived there happily for the next 35 years. Mr. Roberts was a fixture in the Eagle River-Chugiak Community. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Chugiak for 48 years, served on the Chugiak Volunteers Association (CVA) Board of Directors, served as an elected representative to the Municipal Road Board and was a fixture at political meeting. He was an Elk, a member of the VFW and a ready volunteer for many community projects. Clovis Roberts was a dependable friend, a generous neighbor, a hard-working example of mid-western quiet goodness.

Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 48 years, Harriet; his son, Joel; his daughter, Shelley Chapman; his grandchildren Caitlin and Joseph Chandler and his great-granddaughter, Ashlynn Grace Chandler. He leaves his brothers Rolly (Ada Marie), Clifford, Guy, Herbert (Carman), and Luke. He is also survived by sisters Darlene (Claire Williamson), Tena and Phyllis (Dennis Guthrie). He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceeded in death by parents, his brothers Raymond, Leonard and sister Doris Rea.

The family would like to express their love and gratitude to Dr. Steven Liu and the entire team of Anchorage Onocology and Hematology. We would also like to thank Providence Hospice for giving Clovis the opportunity to pass gently at home being cared for by his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask for memorial donations to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue or the United Methodist Church of Chugiak Building Fund.