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Michael "Mike" E Roberts

February 13, 1958 ~ March 11, 2019 (age 61)
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Michael E. “Mike” Roberts of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on February 13, 1958 in Americus, Georgia to parents, Norvin and Joan Brabrant Roberts. He died on March 11, 2019 in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 61 years. Mike was raised and attended schools in Snover and Marlette Michigan before the family moved to Great Bend, Kansas where he graduated high school in the class of 1976. He worked for a time at Marlette Homes and then for a cable company before going to work as a carman for Union Pacific Railroad in Hermiston, Oregon. Mike married Frances A. “Fran” Williams on August 8, 1994 in Umatilla, Oregon. He worked his way up with Union Pacific Railroad at Hinkle Yard to become Car Foreman and had also served as Regional Safety Coordinator for a time. He was a member of New Beginning Christian Fellowship in Hermiston, Oregon. Mike had served as a volunteer fireman and EMT in Umatilla, Oregon for several years. He was a baseball and softball umpire for both youth and adult leagues for many years. Mike was an avid hunter and loved spending time at the cabin in the mountains mushroom picking. He enjoyed fishing, camping, playing pool and Barbequing. Mike cherished spending time with his family, always looking forward to Family Game Night.

He is survived by sons: Johnny Pollick (Tiffany) and Parry Dunaway (Angela), both of Hermiston, OR; Dean Pollick (Tia), Richland, WA; daughters: Sandy Francis (RJ), Stanfield, OR, Melissa Watson (Lonnie), Holyrood, KS, Tasha Workman (Craig), Hermiston, OR and Reanna Roberts, Hermiston, OR; father: Norvin Roberts (Rosemary), Hermiston, OR;  brothers: Terry Roberts, Hermiston, OR, Larry Cox, Petaluma, CA; sisters: Dawn Roberts, Portland, OR, Robin Elkins, Barrow, AK; grandchildren: Kaitlin, Kyle, Kasey, Breann, Royce, Reagan, Camran, Amanda, Brandon, Jason, Sam, Emma, PJ, Brody, William, Hanah, Kamren, Jasper, Kaiden, Zander, Cyrus, Kristen, Sabrina & Vanessa; 10 great grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mike was preceded in death by his wife: Fran Roberts, and his mother: Joan E. Roberts LaPlant.             

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston, Oregon.

Those who wish may make contributions in Mike’s name to Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.

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