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Jerry Lee Roberts

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Jerry Lee Roberts, 81, long-time Mercer, Wisconsin, resident, died from congestive heart failure on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at Aspirus Hospital Ironwood, with his wife by his side.

Jerry was born Jan. 9, 1940, in Cook County Illinois, son of the late James Stewart and Josie (Lambert) Roberts.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1964. He was united in marriage to Opal Craig on Nov. 13, 1965, in Will County, Illinois. They resided in Frankfort, Illinois, until moving to Mercer in 1980, where they operated the restaurant at Lake Bastine Resort until 1983. 

Jerry had various occupations as road foreman, truck driver, carpenter, and restaurant operator. His favorite job in later years was as a Mercer recycling attendant. His favorite pastime was playing Combo Canasta with family and friends.

Surviving is his wife, Opal; son, Gregory (Beverly) Roberts of Gulf Breeze, Florida; grandson, Adam Roberts of Huntsville, Alabama; great-grandchildren, Molly and Jayden Roberts; sisters, Barbara Coffman of Watseka, Illinois, Sandra Sue Glen of Buckeye, Arizona, and Vicki Spry of Bourbonnais, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, James and Jack Roberts; sister, Pam White; and sisters-in-law, Faye Craig and Ruth Strickland.

According to his wishes, Jerry was cremated. 

Services will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Mercer VFW.

A very special thank you to the staff at Aspirus Ironwood hospital for all the care they provided during his illness.

The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood to honor Jerry's legacy of life. You can leave a condolence or a tribute at