Kenneth H. Roberts

November 2nd, 2012

Kenneth H. Roberts, age 78, of Salem, N.H., formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington and Reading, died peacefully surrounded by his family on November 1, 2012, following a lengthy illness.

Ken was born in Wakefield, on August 28, 1934, he was the dear son of the late William and Mary Joyce (Quinn) Roberts.  Ken was raised and educated in the West Side of Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School with the Class of 1954.  Following graduation, Ken enlisted in the U. S. Army on December 1, 1954, during the Korean War and served overseas.  He was honorably discharged from active duty on November 5, 1958, and returned home to his family in Reading.  Ken continued to serve the country in the Army Reserves until being honorably discharged on May 31, 1962, following many years of dedicated service.

Ken married “the love of his life” Nita VonKahle on January 24, 1959, sharing more than 53 years of marriage and raising a wonderful family of seven children.  Ken and Nita moved to Wilmington in May of 1961, where they were active in the community and were members of St. Dorothy’s Church for many years. Ken was a member of the Lions Club of Wilmington and served as president for a year.

Prior to retiring, Ken worked as a Quality Control Specialist for Goodall Sanford Tire Company and General Tire Company in Reading for more than 30 years.  Ken was also employed as a custodian for the Town of Wilmington for 10 years.  Ken was a dedicated employee and a good friend to many co-workers over the years.

In his spare time, Ken enjoyed reading, playing cards, puzzles, and watching football.  He also loved to travel all over with his wife, family, and a tight knit group of friends known as the Dirty Dozen. They  had lots of great times dancing at various local clubs such as the Moose Club in North Reading, Knights of Columbus in Tewksbury, and the Billerica Rod and Gun Club. They made wonderful memories together.

Family was first and foremost to Ken, he was a devoted husband, dedicated father, and loving grandfather.  He and Nita brought their children up to love and respect family and family values. Ken shared a close and special bond with his family, he was very proud of them, and showed them unconditional love. He will be truly missed by all.

Ken was the beloved husband of Nita (VonKahle) Roberts, devoted father of Karen Ouellette & her husband Ron of Londonderry, NH, Kenneth Roberts & his wife Karen, Denise Quilty & her husband John, Gregg Roberts & his wife Dawn, & Neil Roberts, all of Wilmington, Linda Wells & her husband David of East Hampstead, NH, Ellen Roane & her husband Ray of Tewksbury,  loving grandfather of Nathan Ouellette & his wife April, Jeremy Ouellette, Heather & Justin Roberts, Ryan Wells & his fiancee Jessica Moore, Adam Wells, Devin & Shayla Kelley, Raychel, Jared, Jackson & Emily Roane, Madison & MacKenzie Roberts, Nicole, Angelina, & the late Allyson Roberts, cherished son of the late William & Mary Joyce (Quinn) Roberts, dear brother of Richard Roberts & his wife Kate of North Reading, the late Donald, William Jr., Neil, and Ronald Roberts, Virginia Nickerson, Marjorie Greenleaf, and Claire Partridge.  Ken is also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, November 6th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Monday, November 5th  from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


28 Entries in Guest Book for “Kenneth H. Roberts”

  1. Eddie and Sandy Silva says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Roberts family.

  2. Christine Dresser says:

    To the Roberts family so sorry to hear of your loss. Kenny was my dad next door ! Quick with a joke and and funny names for all . He was a great guy . He had a big family and a big heart! He will be missed !

  3. Sue and Rich Carroccino says:

    He left a wonderful legacy .. our thoughts and prayers are with youS

  4. Mary Donnell says:

    Dear Roberts Family, I’m sadden to hear of your loss. Although I never met “Papa” ~ he sounded like a great man. Keep your memories of him in your heart and he will be with you forever. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  5. Jim McHugh says:

    My thoughts and Prayers to the Roberts family for your loss.

  6. Michael Spence says:

    Ken was like my uncle, his family like my own. My thoughts and prayers are with Nita and the entire family. Love and strength to you all.

  7. Terri and Bill Carney says:

    Dear Nita and Family Bill and I were so sorry to hear about Ken Iknow he he has been ill for sometime. You took good care of him You and your family will be in our prayers and thoughts Terri and Bill Carney

  8. Mary Ellen (O'Reilly) Powers says:

    Dear Karen,

    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I know how sad you must be. I am thinking of you and your family. Love, Mary Ellen

  9. Jennifer Reid says:

    Karen and Ron,
    Writing with a heavy heart. So very sorry for your loss. Know that he is flying with angels now <3

    Much love,

  10. Donna Enos says:

    To the Roberts family, all our love and prayers. We are so sorry.

    Donna, Arthur and Heather

  11. Karen and Mark Shaw says:

    To All of the Roberts Family,
    Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you love and our deepest sympathy.
    Karen and Mark

  12. Elizabeth Sanville and Family says:

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  13. John and Carol Roane says:

    Our deepest sympathies Ellen to you and your family you will be in our prayers.

  14. Maryann & Jim Lister says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Ken will be missed by not only his family but everyone who knew him. You could always get a warm welcome with his tea in hand and listen to a story or two, he had so much warmth and wisdom to share. Always made you feel good after a conversation with him he will be missed by his family more than words can express.

  15. Lisa Roberts says:

    My deepest sympathy to all the family. Ken was a wonderful man and I know how much he will be missed. I am blessed to have known him and have be a part of my life for as long as I did. He always had a way of making you feel better by finding the humor in life.

    Love Lisa

  16. Cheryl and Paul Baranow says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your father, are prayers go out to Neil and the Roberts family.

  17. Nancy Johnson says:

    Karen, I didn’t know your dad, but seeing the things everyone has written, I am so sorry that I didn’t get to meet him for a longer time than at your wedding. I know that it is difficult and you will miss him terribly, but I am sure you have wonderful memories that will console you.

  18. Jane and Rudy Keeling says:

    Karen, our hearts are with you as you celebrate the life and grieve the passing of your dad. May your memories of him keep him with you until you meet again.

  19. Bob and Carrie Silva says:

    We’re thinking of all of you. Our thoughts and prayers. You’re in our hearts. Love Always, Bob, Carrie, Catie and Emily.

  20. Richard Duarte says:

    Dear Roberts Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories help you through this difficult time.

  21. Tina Keeling says:

    I’m sorry for your loss Karen & family. You are in my thoughts & prayers always.

  22. Karon (Parris) and Ken Mertz says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to Nita and the family. Memories of hanging out in your house when I was younger still make me smile. Hope the angels appreciate who they have because we all did.

  23. Judy O'Connell says:

    Dear Roberts Family,

    I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with each of you during this most difficult time.

    Judy O’Connell

  24. Rich - Linda - Megan Johnston says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  25. The Dell'Arciprete Family says:

    For the Roane & Roberts families and all of the others who were blessed with knowing your Father, Husband, Papa, Uncle, Brother, neighbor and friend. We were saddened to hear of his passing, Wanted you to know you will all be in our thoughts and prayers while you go through this challenging time of having a new angel receive his wings.
    Sincerely – Scott, Kathie, Ashlee & Britnee

  26. Cheri Bean says:


    So saddened to hear about the passing of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your famliy.
    With our sincere sympathy,
    Cheri, Joey and Anna

  27. Terri Wiseman says:

    Karen and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. The Wiseman family

  28. Kevin O'Grady says:

    Karen, Denise and the entire Roberts Family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The O’Gradys

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