Obituary - William Rick Roberts


William Rick Roberts the son of Son and Mildred (Hankins) Roberts was born March 25th, 1953 in Branson, Mo. and passed away on April 8th, 2020, making his age 67 years and 15 days.
Rick was united in marriage to Rena Mae Wyman, June 17, 1972. To their union 3 children were born, Stephanie, Missy and Kyle.
Rick was lead to Christ and baptized by Pastor and trusted friend, Gary Steelman, and faithfully attended Hartshorn Assembly of God. He was an active member of the Summersville Saddle Club and the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association for many years.
Rick spent his early years as a “jack of all trades” including running the road grader and hauling many loads of cattle. In 2016, Rick, also known as ”Pee-Paw” retired after 16 years of service at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Mo. But his true work took place on the farm, raising cattle and horses.
Rick had a knack with horses and he enjoyed the challenge of breaking a colt with “potential.” He spent many nights in the show arenas from Summersville to Ava, he enjoyed his time riding with grandson Andrew, coaching granddaughters Katie and Kaylyn from the gate and leading grandkids and great grandkids in the lead line.
Rick enjoyed turkey hunting and deer hunting with Kyle and Kaden. He looked forward to trips out West each year to hunt elk, antelope and bear, but as much as the hunting he enjoyed horse back riding down the mountains, the bugle of an elk and sitting around the fire back at camp with his hunting buddies. Rick most recently enjoyed the thrill of a wild hog hunt. He loved being outdoors and the time spent with good friends.
Rick was a family man, his greatest joy was when his whole family was together. His kids and grandkids often turned to him for advice, waiting as he paused, before he offered up his two cents worth, with his own brand of humor. There are no words to describe how much he will be missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Son and Mildred Roberts, brother Dean, and sisters Elaine and Bernice.
Rick leaves his loving wife Rena of 47 years; daughter, Stephanie and husband Michael, daughter, Missy and husband Frankie and son Kyle and Emily all of Summersville. Eleven special grandkids, Andrew and wife April, Katie and husband Kyle, Melissa, Josh, Emily, MacKenzie, Kaylyn, Victoria, Thomas, Kaden and Ashton. He was blessed with 6 precious great grandkids that truly were his pride and joy, Harper, Mollie, Emery, Rowan, Macie, Silas, and 7th great grand baby due in September. Brothers, Larry and wife Linda of Kissee Mills, Kenny of Ava, and many nieces and nephews. Rick has many friends that felt like family, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the Summersville Saddle Club Arena with Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Interment was in the Bethel Cemetery. Services were under the care of Bradford Funeral Home and online condolences may be left at www.bradfordfuneralhome.net

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