Born: September 13, 1923
Died: May 17, 2014
George H. "Nib" Roberts, 90, of Chatham passed away on May 17, 2014 with family by his side.
George was born September 13, 1923 in Chatham, the son of Charles and Mary (Oakes) Roberts. He married Emma Lou Creasey on October 26, 1946 at the Methodist Parsonage in Chatham.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ellen VanWart and Maggie Bulman; brothers, Bill and Fred; grandson, Dustin Cowan and son-in-law, Ronnie Cowan.
He is survived by his wife Emma Lou of 67 years; daughters, Lynn Cowan; Susan (Mark) Skaggs; Cindy (Jim) Woodyard all of Chatham; Allison (David) Pence of Springfield; grandson, Jason (Jaime) Skaggs of Chatham; granddaughters, Addie (Matt) Mayfield of Springfield and Laura Woodyard of Brooklyn, New York; great granddaughters, Ashlyn and Sophie Skaggs; great grandsons, Ryan and Rowan Mayfield; many nieces and nephews including Maxine Keller of St. Paul, Minnesota.
After graduating from Chatham High School in 1941, he joined the 9th Air Force and was a World War II veteran serving in the European Theater as a staff sergeant. George was a self-taught professional sign and pictorial painter for over 70 years and served as President of the sign and pictorial painters local for many years.
He also served 2 terms on the Ball-Chatham School Board during the late 1950's-early 1960's and was instrumental in getting the original Glenwood High School built and consolidating the Ball-Chatham school district. In addition he was a charter member of the Chatham American Legion Post 759 for over 65 years.
George, a man of many talents, was known for his quick wit and his humorous jokes and stories. He always planted a large vegetable garden and enjoyed sharing it with family and friends. He and his wife were flea market dealers for more than 30 years. Some of his hobbies were oil painting, reading, fishing, traveling (family vacations), feeding the birds and squirrels, and watching baseball games (Chicago Cubs were his favorite team). He also loved his cats.
Visitation will be at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham, Tuesday, May 20, from 4-7pm. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at 10am with Rick Wenneborg officiating. Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery with the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County conducting military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Chatham Fire Protection District, #1 Fireman’s Square, Chatham, IL 62629 or Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield, IL 62702.