John Walter Roberts


John Walter Roberts, 74 of Marathon and Fort Stockton, passed away

July 25, 2017 in Odessa.

John was born October 20, 1942 in Alpine to James Travis Roberts and

Annie Pauline Roberts. John graduated high school in Marathon and

received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sul Ross State University in


John worked on ranches all his life, including The Roberts Ranch,

Paisano Cattle Company/Catto Gage Ranch, H.L. Kokernot/06 Ranches in

Alpine and Fort Davis, Gage Holland Ranches, Randolph Cattle Co, and

Elsinore Cattle Co. and continued his ranching interests on the

Roberts home ranch in Brewster Co.

John was a member of the American Legion, Marathon Post, and Veteran's

of Foreign Wars. He served on the Farm Service Agency Board of

Directors, as well as the Marathon ISD School Board.

John served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, El Paso, and Fort Sill, OK

before deploying to Vietnam as a sergeant, where he was the recipient

of the Bronze Star Medal during his service in heavy artillery.

John was preceded in death by his father and mother, grandparents and

his brother in law, William Hargus. He is survived by his siblings

James Travis Roberts, Jr., Betty Roberts Hargus, and Billy Gene (Ike)

Roberts and wife Susan; nieces and nephews Charles Lorenz and wife

Debbie, Peggy Elliott and husband Rob, Joe Roberts and wife Zaira,

Sally Roberts, Tim Roberts and wife Amy, James Travis Roberts, III and

wife Katie, and Terrie Harkey and husband Allen, along with several

great nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

John loved his family and friends, and he loved his cattle, his dogs,

and the land.

Pallbearers will be Charles Lorenz, Rob Elliott, Joe Roberts, Tim

Roberts, Clay Williams, and Justin Martin.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Bimbo Babb, Jimmy Coslett, Jimmy

Dominquez, Billito Donnell, Paul Golliher, Hank Elliott, Juan

Hernandez, George Johnson, Mike Johnson, Gary Lamar, Steve Lawler, Tim

Leary, Brent McGuire, Billy Roberts, Jim Roberts, Lee Roberts, Pete

Salas, Bill Shackelford, Walter Skinner, Rick Tate, and Ted Yaden.

Arrangements were under the care of Heritage Funeral Home of the Big

Bend. Family visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 4, 2017 at Heritage

Funeral Home of the Big Bend in Fort Stockton. A memorial will be held

at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2017 at the Marathon Post Park with Reverend Jim

Miles officiating. Burial will follow at the Roberts Ranch Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.