Lonnie C. Roberts
February 22, 1948 May 6, 2022
Lonnie C. Roberts, 74, longtime resident of Hibbing died Friday, May 6,
2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN after a courageous battle with cancer
compounded by an eighteen-year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born
February 22, 1948 to James J. and Minnie (Lamb) Roberts in Saginaw, MI.
Lonnie graduated from Merrill High School in 1966 and then proudly served his
country with the U.S. Coast Guard. He was stationed in Ludington, MI with the
search and rescue unit and ended his career aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter
Woodrush in Duluth, MN. During his service in Duluth, Lonnie met and married
JoAnne Ralidak at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Meadowlands, MN, on June 20,
1970. He graduated from Hibbing Technical College with a Wholesaling and
Marketing degree and was employed as a salesman working for various companies
over his career, most notably Earl F. Anderson of Minneapolis and Electric Power
Door of Hibbing. Lonnie was a member of the Hibbing Elks Lodge, the
Algonquin Club, the Squires Car Club, and the Engineers Club of northern
Minnesota. He loved everything and anything with a motor, especially Harley
Davidson motorcycles and Corvettes.
He is survived by his beloved wife JoAnne Roberts, Hibbing, two
daughters, Tara Roberts, Hugo, MN, and Rachel (Jeff) Kuha, Lino Lakes, MN, a
brother, James (Sandy) Roberts Jr., Owasso, MI, four grandchildren, William
Schnurr, Abigail Schnurr, Morgan Kuha, and Gage Kuha, along with numerous
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Grace Minnick and
his parents, James and Minnie.
Funeral services for Lonnie will be at 12:00 pm, Monday, May 16, 2022 at
the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing, with visitation beginning at 10:30 am.
The Reverend Jack Harris will officiate. Military honors to follow. A private
interment will be at the Elmer Cemetery in Elmer Township at a later date. The
Roberts family would like to extend a special thank you and their sincere
appreciation to their family and friends, especially Fred Schwartz, John Dixon and
Reverend Jack and Trina Harris, for their commitment and support during the past
few years. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.
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