The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 30, 2013

Clellan C. Roberts

By Dave Woods
Globe market development manager

COLUMBUS, Kan. — Clinton Roberts (better known by family and friends as, Red) passed from this life on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Medicalodge in Columbus, Kan.

Clinton was born Dec. 14, 1921, to the union of Ira Burland Mabel Irene (Forsythe) Roberts in Woodward County, Okla. He graduated from Quinlan, Okla. High School in 1939. In the fall of 1940, he went to work for Beech Aircraft in Wichita, Kan. During World War II he was called up to the Army Air Corp. After his service, he returned to Beech where he met and married the girl of his dreams, Lucille Jane Hoyt, on Oct. 7, 1944.

When the war ended, they move to Arkansas City, Kan. and he worked for International Harvester until 1951, when they moved to Baxter Springs, Kan., he went to work at the Jayhawk Plant, retiring in 1982, after 31 years.

Clinton is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lucille; two brothers; and two sisters.

In 1988, Clinton moved to Arkansas City, Kan. and married Virginia King. She survives. He is survived by one son, Art and wife, Nancy; one grandson, Artie Roberts and wife, Casey; two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Caitlin all, of Baxter Springs. Other survivors include one brother, Bernard and wife, Betty, of Little Rock, Ark.; and one sister, Faith Heaton, of Holy Springs, N.C.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the Baxter Springs Cemetery. Pastor Larry Perry will officiate.

Online condolences may be expressed at

derfeltfuneralhomes.com.