Herbert Charles Roubidoux, 67, of Salt Lake City, died January 15, 1991, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center of complications from diabetes.

He was born February 20, 1923, in Pocatello, Idaho to Edmond Llewellyn and Grace West Roubidoux. He married Virgie Marilyn Osguthorpe on April 3, 1947, in Pocatello. She died on December 17, 1990.He spent his early years and was educated in Pocatello. He attended Idaho State University on a basketball scholarship, and in 1950 was graduated from Columbia University, New York City with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi Honorary Society, Nuclear Fusion Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was a licensed professional engineer in California, Florida and Wyoming. An author of several patents in mining technology, petrochemicals and food processing, he was a process engineer for some of the world's leading companies, including Chrysler Corp., C.F. Braun, FMC and Allied Chemical. He was retired in recent years.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. A classical violinist, he was concertmaster for several symphony orchestras in Utah, Idaho, California and Florida.

He was an outdoors sportsman and hunter, scratch golfer and licensed ham radio operator. He was a direct descendent of Joseph Robidoux, founder of St. Louis and renowned French trader and explorer. He was an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska.

He is survived by a son, Herbert Charles Roubidoux, Jr., Billings, Mont.; four daughters, Dr. Marilyn Roubidoux, Durham, No. Carolina; Kathleen R. Lawson, Pomona, Calif.; Mary Elizabeth Roubidoux, Tampa, Florida; Suzanne Roubidoux, Boston, Mass.; and a sister, Ann Beddes, St. Anthony, Idaho. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lynn Roubidoux and Thomas Roubidoux.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to the Roubidoux Scholarship Fund of the Iowa Tribe, Rt. 1, Box 58A, White Cloud, KS, 66094. Burial will be private. Funeral directors: MacKay Cottonwood Mortuary.

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