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Obituary for J. "Larry" Roberts

April 16, 1942 - July 14, 2016
Adrian, Michigan | Age 74


J. "Larry" Roberts, age 74, of Adrian, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016 following a short illness at the University of Michigan Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 16, 1942, in Toledo, Ohio, to John and Jeanne (Griesinger) Roberts. Larry was a graduate of Defiance College and later went on to Mary Grove College where he earned his Masters Degree. On July 9, 2003, he married Jill Lynn Norgaard in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and she survives.
As a young man, Larry excelled as an athlete playing basketball and baseball. He spent a lot of time entertaining his family at the lake with his incredible water skiing abilities. Larry was a teacher at Defiance Schools for two years, he then went on to teach at Addison Community Schools for 44 more years before retiring. He was very instrumental in the lives of his students and many said they are who they are today because of Larry's influence, wit and mentoring. His vision and passion for the arts compelled him to create and grow the drama program at Addison Community Schools. During his professional career he was a beloved coach of volleyball and basketball. Larry was a lover of literature, poetry, music and family.
In addition to his wife, Jill Roberts of Adrian, he is survived by his children, Kevin (Rebecca) Roberts of Perrysburg, Ohio, Edward (Joyce) Roberts of Adrian and Elizabeth (Michael) Apling of Posey Lake, MI and their mother, Penny (Randal) Olds of Milan, MI; two step-children, Alicyn Fischer of Ypsilanti, MI and Samuel Fischer of Adrian, MI; two sisters, Judith Burton of Miamisburg, Ohio and Beverly Roberts Singh of Cleveland, OH; six grandchildren, Katie and Thomas Apling, Maggie and Justin Roberts and Leah and Adam Roberts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law and dear friend Jack Burton and father-in-law Dr. Kenneth Norgaard.
Funeral services for Larry will be held on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian with Pastor Christy Shaw officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.
You may send condolences to the family at Memorial contributions may be made to the J. Larry Roberts Scholarship Fund. Donations to be used for students at Addison Community Schools who have shown excellence in English. Envelopes are available at or can be mailed to Anderson Funeral Home, 3050 W. Beecher Road, Adrian, MI 49221.


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Adrian, MI 49221

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  • Memorial contributions may be made to the J. Larry Roberts Scholarship Fund. To be used for students at Addison schools who have shown excellence in English.

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Adrian, MI 49221
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