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Larry D. Roberts

June 13, 1943 ~ September 29, 2018 (age 75)

Dr. Larry D. Roberts, 75 of Bristol, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at the Elkhart Hospice House.

He was born on June 13, 1943 in Lebanon, Indiana to Donald F. and Octova Mae (Stewart) Roberts. He married Nancy K. Ray on April 11, 1965 in Indianapolis. She survives along with a son, Bart (Jennifer) Roberts of Granger a daughter, Laura (Adrian) Belovic of Plano, TX, 5 grand daughters, Caylin, Stella, Eleanor, Avery and Elise, a brother, Thomas (Gail) Roberts of Taylors, SC and a sister, Sue Ellen (Brian) Gross of Davenport, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Larry was loved by family members, friends, patients and all that were fortunate enough to know him. When he wasn’t surrounded by family, especially his 5 beloved grand-daughters, you could find him enjoying one of his many hobbies. He was an avid cyclist, woodworker, sailor, kayaker, hunter, fly fisherman, traveler, auto racing enthusiast, history buff, Cubs, Blackhawks and IU fan. Larry volunteered as a radio host for many years and had his own show called “The Back Porch” at WVPE and a program called “Down Home” at WGCS. He also enjoyed bluegrass and he even played the Banjo!

As an elder at Elkhart East Christian Church, Larry was passionate and instrumental in its growth in the area. Community service in particular, was a passion of his, where he served on numerous boards including the Elkhart Rotary, Lifeline Youth Ministries, Cancer Resources for Elkhart County and the Miles for Myeloma Foundation. As a medical professional, he served as President of the Indiana Association of Orthodontics and President of the North Central Dental Society.

Larry was an ultimate example of generosity where he was always willing to help anyone regardless of their situation. His kind heart drew many to him, but so did his witty sense of humor and loving personality.


Visitation for Larry will be from 4-8 pm Thursday, Oct. 4th at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart, where his funeral service will be held at 10:30 am Friday, Oct. 5th. Pastor Thomas Short will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the IU Simon Cancer Center for myeloma research. Larry was very passionate about this great foundation, and any donation that could help others would make him immeasurably proud.

Please make memorial gifts payable to IU Foundation/Miles for Myeloma and indicate “In memory of Larry Roberts” on your gift.

Mail to: IU Simon Cancer Center, PO Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN 46207.

Donations may also be made to Elkhart East Christian Church.

Mail to: Elkhart East Christian Church, 21851 CR 4, Bristol, IN, 46507 and reference “In memory of Larry Roberts”.

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Donations may be made to:

IU Foundation/ Miles for Myeloma
PO Box 7072, Indianapolis IN 46207

Elkhart East Christian Church
21851 CR# 4, Bristol IN 46507

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