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Walter “Eugene” RobertsPassing: July 16, 2020


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Private Service on Tuesday, July 21st @ 10:30 a.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday, July 20th @ 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Huron Cemetery

Tuesday, July 21st

MITCHELL – Walter “Eugene” Roberts, 81, of the Mitchell area, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020, at his home.

Born June 28, 1939, in Lost River Township in Martin County, he was the son of Herman A. “Joe” and Violet E. (Ragains) Roberts.  He married Bonnie Marie Simpson on April 15, 1961, and she preceded him in death November 17, 2014.

Surviving are sons, Robin and wife Jill Roberts and Ryan Roberts and his fiancée Melinda Hill, along with grandchildren Darci Rhianne, Andrew Christian, Adam Chandler, and Bret Michaela.  He is also survived by his fiancée Carolyn Colglazier, and a sister, Betty (Jim) Raney.  He also leaves behind a special nephew, Rex (Linda) Knight, and supportive in-laws, Randy and Rosabelle Knight, along with former daughter-in-law Rhonna Lawalin.   His brother, Gregg Roberts, preceded him in death. Eugene will be missed by a number of cousins, nephews, nieces, and a host of loyal friends.

Eugene began his working years at Trav-ler Radio in Orleans, where he found the girl of his dreams in Bonnie Simpson and never looked again for over 55 years.  After a brief stint working at Allison Transmission  in Indianapolis, he spent six years at Loogootee Textile before completing a 28 year career at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana.

Both Eugene and Bonnie were active in the life of the Huron Church of God for over 50 years.  There they both taught Sunday school classes, took part in Bible School, organized special events, and led youth groups.  Eugene led Bible Study and on occasion led the worship service, while Bonnie was president of the Ladies Missionary Society.   Both served on a number of other boards and church committees.

Following a day at work and continuing into retirement, Eugene and others were often found working to improve the community appearance and helping to give the residents a better quality of life.  As a charter member of the Huron Ruriton Men’s Club, he helped   clean vacant lots, build sidewalks, cut wood, and helped shut-ins with other tasks, and conducted youth programs.

Eugene was a charter member and the last survivor of the South Lawrence Water Corporation Board of Directors, serving as treasurer his first six years on the board.  He was serving in his 36th year as District One Director on the Orange County Rural Electric Membership Corporation Board, and he served as their appointment to the Hoosier Energy Generation and Transmission Board for 26 years, with 14 years of those as an officer.

Eugene was treasurer for the Huron Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and was in his third term on the Spice Valley Township Advisory Board.  He had a long career working with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and 4-H.  He served over 40 years on the Huron Cemetery Association Board and 20 years on the Waggoner’s Chapel Board of Trustees.

An avid sports fan, Eugene coached basketball at Huron Elementary School for three years and for the Mitchell Youth Program. He was baseball coach in the Mitchell programs for 15 years, coaching Biddy, Little League, and Babe Ruth.  For 20 years he covered high school sports and wrote weekly columns for The Mitchell Tribune.

A private family service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Doyle Henderson and Pastor Paul Kirby officiating.  Burial will be in Huron Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Out of respective for the family and others, the family asks the COVID-19 policies be followed (masks will be provided).

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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19 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: vance kerns | bloomington
    Date: July 20, 2020
    Robin and Ryan, Your father always had a kind word and was a very upstanding man in my opinion. I would say you were very blessed to have a father like him. May you always have good memories.
  2. Guest: Linda Gass | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: July 20, 2020
    Dear Roberts Family: I remember Eugene as a kind and loving husband to Bonnie, a wonderful sports writer for the Mitchell. Tribune. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers...
  3. Guest: Linda Gass | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: July 20, 2020
    Dear Roberts Family: I remember Eugene as a kind and loving husband to Bonnie, a wonderful sports writer for the Mitchell
  4. Guest: Jim Force | Shoals, Indiand
    Date: July 19, 2020
    High School classmate, Class of 57.
  5. Guest: Chippy Stewart | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Eugene was one of a kind, and totally committed to God, family, and friends. He worked diligently in everything he did, and certainly made our community a better place. Our family has been blessed with his friendship for many years, and always appreciated his kind spirit and love. He touched countless lives and will be sorely missed by all.
  6. Guest: Gene Goad | Bloomfield, IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Sorry to hear of Eugene passing. Knew him from Crane, he was a good friend and person. Condolences to the family. Gene Goad
  7. Guest: LaVonda Bough | Odon in
    Date: July 19, 2020
    So sorry to hear of Eugene passing..we worked together at crane .,what a great person.,,ran into him 2 years ago couple times at Shawnee theatre in Bloomfield..,he will be missed
  8. Guest: Kelley Grider Norris | Mitchell Indiana
    Date: July 17, 2020
    Robin and Ryan, I am so sorry for your loss! Eugene was a good man. I ran into him a few months ago, he hadn’t changed a bit! God bless you guys and your family!!! Kelley
  9. Guest: Kelley Grider Norris | Mitchell Indiana
    Date: July 17, 2020
    I’m so sorry Robin and Ryan for your loss. Your Dad was a good man! I ran into him a few months ago. He hadn’t changed a bit! God bless you and your family at this time. Kelley
  10. Guest: Butch and Heather Nash | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 17, 2020
    Robin, Ryan - we are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Prayers and comfort to you all- you are left with quite a legacy from wonderful parents.
  11. Guest: Alisha Thacker | Bloomington, IN
    Date: July 17, 2020
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
  12. Guest: Paul A. and Sharon K. Kirby | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: July 17, 2020
    A long time friend and co-worker and a brother in Christ. May God bless him with the eternal pleasure of being Christ, family and friends and the saints of all ages. He is indeed, free at last. God bless his family and friends and comfort them and give them a great sense of peace and joy of his life and death and eternal life.
  13. Guest: DeAnne Simpson Wade | Mitchell
    Date: July 17, 2020
    Robin, Ryan & families: Gene was a special person. I can't think of any man more devoted to a community in his heart. He and Bonnie made an amazing team. They both adorn my childhood, and even adult, memories beautifully. I'm so sorry for your loss.
  14. Guest: Dennis and Teresa King | Mitchell
    Date: July 17, 2020
    Eugene will be missed by many. He was one in a million and servered his friends, family, community, and Lord well. You have often heard the story of the dash (1939 - 2020), Eugene helped many during his 81 years. RIP Thoughts and Prayers. Dennis and Teresa King
  15. Guest: Cathy (Johnson) WILCOXEN | SPRINGFIELD, MO
    Date: July 17, 2020
    We are all, so sorry for your loss. Eugene was a great friend of my Dad, Charles Johnson. He andn Bonnie were the best leaders at the Church of God during Bible School! RIP Eugene. Cathy, Kenny & Charlie Johnson.
  16. Guest: Michelle Porter | Orleans, Indiana
    Date: July 17, 2020
    I worked with Gene on the Bicentennial Commission. He was great to work with. I am sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my prayers.
  17. Guest: Robin Wilson | Huron
    Date: July 17, 2020
    Absent from the body is in the presence of the Lord. He will be missed. Prayers to his family. Our little town lost a good and faithful man.
  18. Guest: Cynthia A Milligan | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 17, 2020
    Robin, So sorry to hear about the loss of your family. Prayers are being sent.
  19. Guest: Brian Sherwood | Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 17, 2020
    Eugene was also a great supporter and board member of the Bryantsville Hunger Relief Project, he was a hard worker, wonderful man and will be greatly missed.