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Dale E. Roberts, 76, of Mt. Sterling died at 5:15 P.M. Monday March 9, 2015 at University Hospital, Iowa City from injuries suffered while cutting trees on his farm near Mt. Sterling. He was born March 6, 1939 at Roscoe, MO to Claude and Ruth Roeder Roberts, graduated from Cantril High School and married Betty Gregg June 1, 1959 in Mt. Sterling Methodist Church.

Dale operated a sawmill near Mt. Sterling for many years and raised cattle. He loved to hunt Indian artifacts and was a founding member of Hawkeye State Archaeological Society, served on the Harness Cemetery Board and Fox River Drainage District Board.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Debra Schmitt (Verne) of New London and Darla Roberts of Mt. Sterling, two grandsons Jacob Schmitt (Kayla) of Mt. Union and Justin Schmitt (Kara) of New London, a greatgranddaughter Brooklyn Schmitt, his mother, Ruth Roberts of Roscoe, MO, three brothers, Bill Roberts of Springfield, MO, Lee Roberts of Burlington and Ted Roberts (Pam) of Republic, MO, two sisters, Irene Bell (Robert) of Stockton, MO, Neva Mallicoat (Albert) of Eldorado, MO and a sisterinlaw, Joy Roberts of Mt. Sterling. He was preceded in death by his father, a sister Janie Lou See and two brothers, Carl and Roy Roberts.

In accordance with Dales wishes his body has been cremated. Visitation will open at 3 P.M. with family present from 5-7 P.M. Friday March 13, 2015 at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua. A memorial service will be held in Roscoe, Mo at a later date with burial of cremains in Harness Cemetery, Mt. Sterling. Memorial to Harness Cemetery may be left at funeral home or mailed to the family at 205 Hickory Street, Mt. Sterling, IA 52573

Yesterday we lost a good friend and fellow collector

I received a call this morning to inform me of a good friends death. I was in shock for awhile, could not believe what I was hearing, but finally I came around to call and write a few friends and let them know, that Dale Roberts had been killed in a accident with a tree he was cutting down.

As many of you know Dale was a logger and ran his saw mill for many years, he had probably cut hundreds of trees before, but this old dead tree splintered and turned the wrong way and he could not get out of the way.

His wife Betty was there with him when the accident happened and called 911 , they tried to stabilize him and flew him by helicopter to Iowa City hospital, but Dale did not make it. We just spoke to Betty and she told us there will be a visitation at the Pedrick Funeral Home, 1517 Broad St. Keosauqua Iowa 52565, this Friday from 3 pm till 7 pm, with the family there between 5 pm and 7 pm

Dale was one of the few left that originally were part of the group collectors that started the Hawkeye State Archaeological Society. He was a good friend to all and always willing to offer advice or help anyone, Dale was one of the most respected collectors I know and he is already missed by those who knew him.

Dave Harvey


We lost a dear friend from the Hawkeye State Archaeological Society on Monday, March 9. Dale was a wonderful mentor, generous with his time and knowledge about artifact collecting, always smiling and interested in hearing and telling a good story. His presence and guidance will be sorely missed at our artifact shows.

Gary and I are glad we had the chance to visit at the Collinsville show, share our usual laughs with him and Betty. We, and many other HSAS members, feel privileged to have known him.

Our hearts go out to Betty and the rest of his family. Rest in peace, Dale.


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Tom Loebel

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