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May 1, 1956 - December 3, 2023
Service Date December 21, 2023
A Celebration of Life service will be held on December 21st, 1 p.m., at Calvary Chapel located at 2201 S. Townsend in Montrose. A reception at the Elks Lodge will follow.
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Thomas Dale Roberts
May 1, 1956 – December 3, 2023
Lifelong Montrose resident Tom Roberts, age 67, passed away on December 3, 2023. Tom was born to Gary and Shirley (Saunders) Roberts on May 1st, 1956. After Gary’s death, Shirley married Kenneth Wing, who became a strong role model in Tom’s life. Tom spent his childhood years in Olathe and graduated from Olathe High School.
Tom married Faye Stehle in 1983. She came as a package deal, and following Ken’s lead, he was quick to accept his “bonus blessings” of daughters Amy and Mandy, and son Chris into his heart. In 1985, the family became complete with the addition of son Todd.
Tom’s lifelong career was with the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users, retiring in February 2023 after 38 years of service providing irrigation water to the community both as a ditch rider and heavy equipment operator.
He loved the sport of rodeo, both as a team roper and as a rodeo announcer. He worked as an announcer for several years, traveling throughout Colorado and surrounding states. He especially enjoyed announcing for the National Little Britches finals and other sporting events. Much of Tom’s life involved helping kids. He volunteered as a youth basketball and football coach and was active in assisting with the high school FFA program and 4-H. Spending time with his children and grandchildren and following their endeavors was his greatest joy. He also held a long-standing love/hate relationship with the Denver Broncos, and never missed watching the NFR finals, either in person or on TV. Though most of his traveling was done in a truck and hauling a horse trailer, he and Faye enjoyed various ports on cruises, especially St. Thomas.
Tom was willing to help anyone in need, and believed a strong faith in God, a hard work ethic, honesty, and a sense of humor were the core values for living a good life. The kids and grandkids learned those values by his example.
Tom is survived by his wife Faye, daughters Amy (Tad) Rowan, Mandy (Tommy) Grimes, sons Chris (Jana) Stehle, Todd Roberts, and grandchildren Daniel and Stephanie Rowan, Austin and Riley Willis, Hannah and Gage Grimes, Darren (Johnna) Gleason, Kaley (Isaac) Richmond, Lexi Stehle, Andrea Angelo, Tripp and Travis Roberts, great grand-girls Hanley and Sawyer Gleason and Everly Richmond, sisters Brenda (Danny) Castle, Karla (Brent) Young, and Staci (TeeJay) Rose, and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Tom’s family is grateful to his caregivers from Hope West whose professionalism and compassion were a comfort during his final month. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope West Montrose, 725 S. 4th St, Montrose, CO 81401
Crippin Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. A Celebration of Life service will be held on December 21st, 1 p.m., at Calvary Chapel located at 2201 S. Townsend in Montrose. A reception at the Elks Lodge will follow.