Joseph Edward Roberts Jr.

January 14, 1957 – September 20, 2014

Joseph Edward Roberts, Jr., 57 of Orrick, Mo., died Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Liberty Hospital.

Joseph was born on January 14, 1957 in Lexington, Mo., to Joseph Edward Roberts, Sr., and Donna Mae (Alshire) Roberts. He had lived his entire life in the Orrick area. He graduated from Orrick High School with the class of 1977.

On February 25, 2008 he was united in marriage to Darlene Kay Combs in a ceremony held in Tipton, Mo.

For several years, Joseph worked for a steam cleaning company that steam cleaned the air conditioner units at Walmart stores around the country. Prior, he had worked for Orrick Stone Company and Missouri Rock Company as a truck driver. He was also a skilled artist and painter. Joseph was forced to take a medical retirement several years ago.

Joseph loved to hunt, fish, garden, cook and do home canning. He especially enjoyed being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Joseph loved horses and dogs.

Preceding Joseph in death were his father, Joseph Edward Roberts, Sr. in 1997, his grandmother, Cleo Murphy in 1986, and an uncle, Gene Alshire in 2010.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Darlene Kay Roberts of the home; sons, Joseph Roberts-Williams and William Roberts of Lexington, Mo.; daughters, Stephanie Jackson of Mo., Cherokee Roberts and Viola Lynn Roberts of Independence, Mo.; step son, Stacey Combs of St. Louis, Mo; his mother, Donna M. Roberts of Orrick, Mo.; brothers, Chet Roberts of Camden, Mo., Bill Roberts of Orrick, Mo., Dan Shirley of Springfield, Mo., Rob Roberts of Crystal Lakes, Mo., and Terry Roberts of Orrick, Mo.; sisters, Viola Stagner and Callie Roberts of Orrick, Mo.; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, September 24, 2014 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Gowing Funeral Home, burial in South Point Cemetery in Orrick, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to the Liberty Hospital ICU unit.


My prayers and sympathy for the family.
Cheryl Hutchings

Donna and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss, I met Joey in Dorton’s store a time or two. I would always ask who he was, I could tell he was a Roberts. He looked so much like his Dad. I am sorry I didn’t get to know him better. I was Linda Douglas Jeffries, married to Tiny back years ago and we had 2 children Kathran and Eric Lynn. My heart & prayers goes out to all of the family. God Blessing each of you during this time of sorrow. I hope to meet you sometime Donna, if it is possible. My love to all, Linda

Dear Aunt Donna,
We are really saddened to hear of Joe`s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. I`m so sorry that we won`t be able to make it back to Missouri in time for his service. We will continue to pray that GOD will wrap his arms around each one of you.
With much love, Paul & Angie