Jan 8, 2013 - StaffBen E. Roberts, of Riverton, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. He was 59 years old.
A public viewing will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Newcomer Funeral Home in Casper. Services and burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery in Casper.
Ben Roberts was born Dec. 17, 1953, in Riverton, the son of Sam and Vivian (Jaure) Roberts.
He volunteered to serve for the U.S. Army in 1972 and completed his high school equivalency while serving for the Army. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter Badge and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal while serving in the Army.
When he returned from service he traveled the country that he served proudly. His family said he loved traveling by hitchhiking or motorcycle and had countless adventures.
For years he worked for the family business, Roberts Drilling. He then called the Rocky Mountains his home while working for Togwotee Mountain Lodge operating a front end loader. He worked for his good friends at Albright Sand and Gravel in Dubois for the last seven years.
His family said he enjoyed fishing, hunting and shooting pool.
He is survived by his mother, Vivian Roberts of Casper; three sisters Cheryl Nickerson and her husband David of Casper, Vicki Roberts of Casper and Jacqueline Anderson and her husband Todd of Parker, Colo; nephews Tim Roberts and his wife Lara, Trenton Nickerson, Nicholas McGlade and Robert Nickerson, all of Casper, and Bob Richardson of Denver; nieces Sara Hart (goddaughter) and her family, Laura Nickerson and her husband Phil of Casper and Samantha Richardson of Fort Collins, Colo.; best of friends (family) John B. and Tammy Herrera of Riverton; and his best friend, his cat, Susie.
He was preceded in death by his father, Sam Roberts; sister Mary Lou Ingram; and nephew Samuel Ingram of Casper.
Donations can be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America at vva.org. To send condolences or leave a special message for the family, visit NewcomerCasper.com
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