David J. Roberts, Jr.

David J. Roberts, Jr.David J. Roberts, Jr., age 89 of Shenandoah passed away Sunday Morning at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born in Shenandoah on February 18, 1924 he was a son of the late David J. Roberts, Sr. and Adele (Kuchinsky) Roberts.

He was a 1941 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Mr. Roberts was a decorated World War II Army Veteran.  He attained the rank of First Lieutenant as a tank platoon leader with the 702nd “Red Devils” Tank Battalion under General Patton.  His decorations and citations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the ETO Ribbon with Two Battle Participation Stars, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal.

David retired from the former J.J. Newberry’s as retail manager.

He was a member of the former First Baptist Church and the A.P. Damato Medal of Honor Post 792 both of Shenandoah.

On May 25, 1946 he married the former June M. Knyrim, his wife of 67 years who survives.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents was his sister, Elizabeth Kieres.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, David J. Roberts, III of Jersey City, NJ and Keith J. Roberts of Palm Springs, CA; one daughter, Cheryl J. Roberts of Sandyston, NJ; one brother, Owen Roberts of Shenandoah; two sisters, Agnes Hopkins and Jean Twardzik and her husband, Theodore “Ted” all of Shenandoah; nieces and nephews.

Red DevilsReligious and military services will be held Thursday at 12:00 Noon from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.  Rev. Neil Smith, Pastor of the Bethel Primitive Methodist Church, Shenandoah will officiate.  Interment with military honors will follow at 2:00 PM in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Relatives and friends may call Thursday morning from 10AM until time of service at the funeral home.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.

David J. Roberts, Jr. Has 7 Condolences Posted:

  1. Mary-Edna Krutchkoff says:

    Peace and all good wishes to our dear friends David and J.V. Somehow I feel that your Dad also had those special keys, just like the nuns in Italy did years ago. He has unlocked the doors and is really settled into his well earned comfy sofa! The Krutchkoffs love you!

  2. CAROL GREGSON says:

    Dear David
    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time he is in Gods resting place and out of any discomfort.After reading this obituary he has been such a specisl man and well deserves military Honers today.
    Thinking of you today

    Hug to you both
    Carol& Ian

  3. Nancy Froy says:

    My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. My condolences go out to you and your family. I’m sending you a long distance hug. Take care and remember the good times.
    Love ya,

  4. Bobby and Linda Brennan says:

    So sorry to hear that Uncle Davey passed away. Met him at many affairs that we attended with Gwen, Tim, Albert and Peggy. He truly was a “Gentleman”.

  5. Barbara Bremer-Scranton says:

    Dear Reverend David J. Roberts III and Family,

    Those Who Died in Christ

    “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

    For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

    For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

    For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

    Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

    Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

    (I Thessalonians 4: 13-18)

    In Jesus’ Love,


  6. Joe Serio and Paul Dombrowski says:

    What a difficult time. Grief can make us feel so alone and so vulnerable. While there are miles between us, know that we are there by your side in spirit. We never met your father, though we did hear stories. What we know is he knew what he was doing because he turned out one terrific son. We send our sincerest condolences to the rest of your family. We hope you are finding comfort in each other and are setting aside time to recall fun stories and warm memories. We are just a phone call away if you need us.
    Joe and Paul

  7. Betty Crupi says:

    Hello David,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time of the passing of your Father. Perhaps the gathering of family and friends will be comforting.

    I trust you and Joseph are well.

    My love to you both.