Obituary: Delbert Roberts
December 10, 2007
Long-time Fraser resident, Delbert Roberts, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, at the Montrose Memorial Hospital from congestive heart failure.
He was born May 30, 1929, the third child of Hubert Roberts and Stella (Boss) Roberts.
Delbert spent a good part of his childhood in the Fraser Valley with brief periods in Arkansas, Illinois and Denver.
He graduated from Fraser High School in 1946 as senior class president.
Delbert and Betty Gorman were married on June 12, 1949 at the Historic Log Cabin Church in Granby. He was working on the construction of the Granby Dam before and after their marriage. Over the next decade, he worked as a logger in the Upper Fraser Valley, using draft horses to skid logs for loading.
After clearing the first ski runs at Ski Idlewild, Delbert was instrumental in the design and building of the first chair lift there. He went on to help run the operation as co-manager with his brother, Duane, for the next 25 years.
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Also during this time, Delbert, Duane and Lambert Howell had a construction company and built many homes in Grand County. During that time, he befriended and employed many people who have since become lifelong friends. Delbert had a knack for bringing out the best in people with his keen sense of humor and kind understanding.
At the closing of Idlewild in 1980s, Del and Duane returned to the Fraser Valley forests, harvesting poles and posts in thinning operations, destined for the Fraser Sawmill. The Roberts brothers continued logging on a limited basis well into their 70s.
In Delbert’s spare time, he enjoyed building with wood, working in his yard and fishing.
The Roberts lived for 52 years at 174 Byers Ave. in Fraser where they inspired the neighborhood residents to take pride in the landscaping and maintenance of their homes. After their retirement, Del and Betty were seen daily on their walks about town. He was known for his friendly and outgoing nature and willingness to help his neighbors.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Gorman Roberts, daughter Cheryl (Joseph) Yergler of Montrose, and son Clint Roberts of Hot Sulphur Springs. Two grandchildren, Jennifer (Robert) Powers of Littleton, and Matthew (Shirl Lee) Yergler of Tempe, Ariz. and four great-grandchildren, Kyler Yergler, Zackery Yergler of Tempe, Ariz. and Madalen Powers, Payton Powers of Littleton.
Delbert was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Stella Roberts, brothers Duane and Walter Roberts and sister, Thelma Smith.
A Remembrance Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Fraser Historical Church, 107 Eisenhower Av. in Fraser.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Grand County Animal Shelter, 3475 County Road 57, Granby, CO 80446.
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