ILWACO - Gustave "Gus" Roberts, 83, of Ocean Park, died peacefully on Feb. 27, 2006, at Ocean Beach Hospital following a brief illness. The son of William and May (Nizwansky) Roberts, he was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Marydale, Md. He grew up in Trenton, N.J. where he remained until joining the U.S. Army.
While serving in the Army, he met and married Patricia Robinson on Aug. 24, 1943, in Seattle. Upon separation from the service, they returned to Wallington, N.J. where they established their first home. In 1947 they moved to Seattle, where Mr. Roberts worked for the Swift Company as a truck driver, until a job injury curtailed his working. He then attended the University of Washington and was hired at Boeing Aircraft as an engineering assistant.
In 1970 Mr. and Mrs. Roberts moved Ocean Park where they purchased Kozy Korner Kampground. In 1971 he and his wife joined the Peace Corps, serving in Ethiopia until 1973, at which time they returned to Ocean Park. They sponsored a young girl from Ethiopia, and that young lady is now the vice president of a bank in the Seattle area. They operated the campground for many years.
To put it mildly, he was an avid fisherman. He was also a deeply religious man. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. He was also a former member of the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by one son, Ray Roberts of Rockledge, Fla.; as well as granddaughters Kara McKeage, Leslie Perez and Hope Roberts and a grandson Steven Roberts. His beloved wife Pat preceded him in death in 2002, as did a son and daughter, William and Kathleen Roberts, who were killed in a traffic accident.
At his request, no formal services will be held. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society c/o Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach WA 98631. Arrangement entrusted to Pacific Crematory at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea.
Friends of Mr. Roberts will gather for a celebration of life memorial on Tuesday, March 14, beginning at 1 p.m., at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 24002 "U" Street.