One of Utah's last surviving World War I veterans, Ward Cyril Roberts, age 100, passed away peacefully March 14, 1998 in Taylorsville, Utah.

Ward was born October 31, 1897 in Beaver, Utah to William Herman and Annie Elizabeth Roberts. Married Gladys Christine Christensen, December 23, 1919 in Richfield, Utah, marriage later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple. Gladys preceded him in death in August of 1983. Also preceded in death by their daughter, Lois Mae Roberts, who died at the age of 11.Ward was a building contractor and owner of several businesses. In his early business years he was known as the "Maytag Man" in southern Utah. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I aboard the battleship U.S.S. Arkansas.

Survived by children, Faye (Wayne) Meier; W. Calvin (Betty) Roberts; Frank W. (Bonnie) Roberts; Geraldine (Keith) Rosevear; LeAnn (William) Groves; and Richard A. (Patricia) Roberts; 31 grandchildren, 92 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Ward lived and exemplary life of sharing and caring. His memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him - especially on Thursdays, that special day each week when Ward would meet with his sons and daughters for lunch - and each Memorial Day, when we gather as a family on the special property in Beaver that was homesteaded by Ward's father.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 19, 1998 at 12 noon, at Taylorsville 1st Ward, 1365 West 4800 So. Friends may call Wed., 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State and Thur., 11 - 11:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Redwood Memorial Estates with military honors.

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