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Judge Lt. Col. Ret. Evan S. Roberts, 52, Nappanee, died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at NorthWestern Hospital in Chicago, after a courageous battle with AML leukemia, which was diagnosed in March.
He was born Sept. 11, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois, to Donald and Phyllis (Wexler) Roberts.
He was a graduate of Deerfield High School in Chicago, Purdue University, John Marshall Law School in Chicago and earned his Master of Laws degree (LLM) from Georgetown University.
He served in the United States Marines in Quantico, Virginia. Lt. Col. Roberts mentored many new JAG officers of the responsibilities they would face as new officers.
On Aug. 4, 1990, he married Susan Arch in Bremen. In 1994, they moved to Nappanee from Quantico, Virginia.
He opened his first law office in Bremen and opened his office in Nappanee a year later. On Jan. 1, 2006, he was appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels as judge of Elkhart Superior Court I.
Lt. Col. Roberts was a board member of Family Christian Development Center in Nappanee. He enjoyed mentoring to others and most of all being a husband and dad.
Surviving are his wife, Susan; daughters, Zoe and Elle, both at home; father, Donald Roberts, Chicago; sisters, Jennifer (Darrell) Dockery, Bowling Brook, Illinois, Mary (Doug) Frist, Napoleon, Ohio; brother, Adam (Christine) Roberts, Deerfield, Illinois; mother-in-law, Linda Arch, Nappanee; sister-in-law, Angie (Andy) Swain, Nappanee; and brother, Chas (Shelly) Arch, Seattle, Washington.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Roberts.
Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Grand Hall of Nappanee Missionary Church. Military Honor Guard services with Pastor Dave Engbrecht officiating will take place at the church at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be given to Evan Roberts Memorial Scholarship. Envelopes will be available at the church, Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home or any First Source Bank location.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Published on November 14, 2017
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