Morris Edward Roberts -- Austin

AUSTIN -- The funeral for Morris Edward Roberts will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lutheran Church in Mona, Iowa, with the Rev. Lydia Mittag officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, with military graveside rites by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91.

Mr. Roberts, 82, of St. Ansgar, Iowa, formerly of Austin, died Saturday afternoon (Aug. 10, 2002), at the Mitchell County Regional Health Care Center in Osage, Iowa, following a short illness.

Born Sept. 7, 1919, in Lyle Township, Mower County, he attended Ames country school and graduated from Austin High School in 1937. He attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, for a year and St. Olaf College in Northfield from 1941 to 1942. From April 3, 1942, to Oct. 3, 1945, he served in the Army with duty in the Asian-Pacific theater. Following his discharge, he returned to Minnesota and farmed with a brother, later worked in Minneapolis and Owatonna, and then was a custodian at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin until his retirement. He lived in Mona, Iowa, and spent winters in Austin until entering Good Samaritan Nursing Home in St. Ansgar, Iowa, on Sept. 8, 2000. He was a member of the Mona Lutheran Church and VFW Post 1216 of Austin and enjoyed fishing and traveling.

Survivors include a brother, LuVerne of St. Ansgar, and a sister, Jeanette Palys of Austin. A sister preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

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