James Vernard Roberts, 95, of New Ulm died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 at his home in New Ulm.
James Vernard Roberts, 95, of New Ulm died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 at his home in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Donald Sutton officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery with full military honors being provided by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Monday and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to www.mvfh.org.
James Vernard Roberts was born Jan. 24, 1920 in Sleepy Eye to William and Isabelle “Belle” (McKenzie) Roberts. He served in the U.S. Army during the time of WWII. James was one of the many heroic service men who stormed Omaha Beach in 1944. He was captured by German forces and held in a prisoner of war camp for a year. James later escaped the camp and hid in an area barn until a local Frenchman eventually notified him that the war had ended. James then returned to America where he met his love, Alice. James and Alice Walden were united in marriage May 12, 1946 in South Sioux City, Nebr. The couple moved to New Ulm where James worked for 15 years for Roberts Brothers Construction, and 25 years for Kraft. He eventually retired from Kraft in 1981. In life, James had a lot of passions and hobbies. He loved raising horses, woodworking, and truly enjoyed nature, especially trips to the family cabin near Park Rapids. James suffered a stroke 23 years ago, which made tasks in life quite difficult. With tremendous love and care from his wife, Alice, he was able to stay comfortably living in his home all of these years. James lived his life for his family. He loved his work, but his family always came first. He enjoyed every moment he got to spend with them in life, and especially loved watching his grandchildren grow. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, the New Ulm American Legion Post 132, the DAV, and the American Ex-Prisoners of War.
James is survived by his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Alice Roberts, of New Ulm; daughters, Nancy (Charles) Earl of New Ulm and Julie (Grayson) Otto of Woodbury; son, Tim Roberts of Mankato; grandchildren, Jarad Roberts, Hilary Roberts, Ethan Roberts and Noah Otto; great-grandchildren, Hailey Roberts and Alex Roberts; and brothers, Robert Roberts of Arizona, Beach (Pauline) Roberts of Sanborn, Thomas (Joyce) Roberts of Sleepy Eye, and Jack (Kathy) Roberts of Nevis. He was preceded in death by his parents; his granddaughter, Amanda Earl; sisters, Lois Dannheim, Mildred Eckstein, Helen Zobel and Kathryn Kirkpatrick; and brother, Merrill Roberts.