Larry W. Roberts


POLO – Larry W. Roberts, 72, of Polo, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, at his home. 

Larry was born June 1, 1949, in Dixon.  He was the son of George and Virginia Roberts. Larry married his high school sweetheart Joy Scott on Feb. 12, 1972, in Polo marking 50 years of marriage this year.  Larry cherished spending time on the farm from feeding cattle with his dad as a child to raising hogs and grain in his married years. He enjoyed reminiscing about his years driving truck out west and hauling cattle and grain.

After retirement he always enjoyed taking his morning stroll around town "Arlyn's Route," and talking with friends, whether it be in their shop or his own. Larry was blessed with many cherished friendships over the years and would always help them anyway he could whether that meant driving a tractor or a truck, running for parts, working auctions, or just simply going out for breakfast. His proudest achievement was driving train for Bocker Ruff Grain – something he never dreamed possible. The only thing he loved more than any of this was his family. He was always so proud of his kids and his eyes lit up every time any of his grandchildren entered the room. He never met a stranger, and his laugh will be missed by all.

Survivors include his wife, Joy; daughter Melissa (Derick) Newton of Rock Falls; son Scott (Ellie) Roberts of Polo; sisters Linda (Rick Sarver) Powell of Dixon and Cindy (Elmer) Stauffer of Polo; 4 grandchildren, Parker and Trevor Newton, and Ava and Carly Roberts.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Kenny, in infancy.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 9 at Barnacopia from 11:00-4:00. Larry will be laid to rest at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name.

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