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Albert Newton Roberts, Jr.

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“I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Roberts, which is the only title I knew for him, was one of my favorite teachers in school. I remember him as kind,...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Boni Taylor Wallace

“Sorry to hear about Newt's passing. My wife Beth and I have a huge place in our hearts for the entire Roberts clan. ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: Jeff Hunter

“I worked for Newt for several years as one of the A&W girls. It was a wonderful "first job" and I feel I learned a lot from Newt & Emma. My...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Dianne Wetzel Schultz

“Prayers for all of you. We will never forget Mr. Robert's classes. He certainly exhibited a great deal of patience with Charlie as he carried on...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Claire and Charlie Harball

“Emma, You and Newt are such a truly beautiful couple. Your love for each other and your family is always so evident. When Newt's dad was ill...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Chuck and Agnes Herak Meyer

“Newt was one of the finest people we ever knew, a true gentleman, a kind and interested man who showed deep respect for everyone. Rob and I, and all...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Herak Sand

“To Emma and family, I never taught in the same school as Newt but at the time we taught our school system was so small and close that we all knew...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Lou Ratzburg

“I had the privilege to teach with this kind and gentle man for just 2 years, but his respect for his peers and his love for his subject and his...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Ann Wiersum

“Mike and family. I met your dad once and in just a short conversation, understood why he was so popular and a friend to all. I am sure you will...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy W . Gordon

“Dear Emma and family, getting to know Newt at the bank was such a privilege. I learned so much from his patience and gentle nature. I also learned...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Colleen Dowdall

“Dearest Emma and Family, What a loss of such a good man. Newt was dearly loved by so many in so many of our communities where he taught. What a joy...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Garry and Joyce Wegner

“My brother Don, sister Susan, and I were sorry to hear about your father. He was always one of our favorite teachers. Mr. Roberts was an incredibly...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Bonner Schlachter

“Cathy and family,Sorry to hear of your great loss. Prayers for each one. Love from Dave and LaFaye ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Dave and LaFaye Engle

“Les & Marcia Cyr, Dear Emma and family, we are sadden by the news of Newt, I worked with him for many years in the Lions Club. He was a great...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Les Cyr

“Dear Emma and family, stan dan don mike and Cathy, wow I still remember you all, what a great family, Your Dad was the best, I had him in 5th and 6th...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Joan Fleming Hardie

“To the Roberts family,"Mr. Roberts" was a wonderful man, with a loving smile. A well respected man. I have many fond memories of him. God Bless you...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Diane "Buttons" Strauss

“Newt was a man that you could count on. He was a gifted teacher which is evidenced by his giving this knucklehead the math skills that I use to this...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Amy (Nelson) Knutson

“Mr. Roberts was a cool teacher and I remember him well. He was a great man and I know two of his children. He will be missed by all. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Bruce Terry

“Dear Emma and all Roberts family: Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know Newt will be sorely missed. Such a kind patient man. ...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Larry & Polly Robinson

“Aunt Emma and family - Uncle Newt will be dearly missed. My heart goes out to you. Love and hugs to everyone. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Katy Scherr (Ada's g-daughter)

“Roberts Family: So sorry to hear of Mr. Roberts passing. Wonderful teacher and a special person. Remembering the days in his class and the good...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Donna & Jerry Whealon

“Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you....Newt was a very special person and very patient teacher. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Karen Boettcher Amundson

“Mr. Roberts truly was one of my favorite teahcers. I was not very good with math but he would give me his big smile and tell me keep trying. My...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Harrod

“Dear Roberts Family, My heart goes out to each of you remembering Newt fondly and respectfully. Mike, please let us know how we can be of any help. ...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: The Fischers

“Our thoughts & prayers are with you. God bless his memory to his loved ones. He was a good man & will be remembered as such. ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Buck & Sandy Weaver

“My condolences to the entire family. Newt was a good un. ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Dick Culver

“Our prayers out to all the Roberts family. He was a good man. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: wanda Blankenhorn, Steve Heint


Albert Newton (Newt) Roberts, Jr. passed away at home, February 28, 2013 in the loving care of his family, after suffering for the past 7 years with dementia. Newt was born in St. Ignatius Hospital on November 23, 1925, the third child of four born to his parents, Albert N. and Margaret M. (Dwyer) Roberts of Charlo, Montana. Raised on the family dairy farm west of Charlo, he had a good childhood, full of hard work, milking cows and doing chores before and after school. He attended Ridgeway School, one of the few old country schools still standing in Lake County, for the first five elementary years, then the remaining 6 through 12 grades he rode the school bus into Charlo and graduated from Charlo High in 1944. Immediately upon graduating he joined the Navy and was an anti-aircraft gunnery instructor at the U.S. Naval Air Station Grosse Isle, Michigan. After his discharge from the Navy in 1946, he returned to Charlo, marrying Emma Evans his high school sweetheart August 20, 1947. They moved to Dillon, MT where Newt received his teaching degree at Western MT College. After teaching and serving as a principal for a total of seven years in Wyola and Pablo, MT, they moved to Polson in 1957 where Newt taught junior high math and English for 28 years. He was a good and kind teacher with many kids recalling him as their favorite. A much respected business man, Newt along with Emma owned and operated the A & W Root Beer Drive-In for 20 years in Polson. In 1974, he became a founder and member of the board of directors of the First Citizens Bank, the only locally owned bank in Polson, remaining on the board for 31 years. He was a charter member of the Polson Lions Club, being awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow award for his dedicated humanitarian services. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus to the fourth degree and dedicated many hours of volunteer time to the Immaculate Conception Parish and community for most of his life in Polson. One time he was helping to put up the manger scene at the church and Father Jensen came along to see how it was going. Dad said "good, but I need to go over and help the Mormon's for a while, and then I'll come back and get her done". He loved and respected everyone without reservation; always willing to lend a hand. He enjoyed his work, his many friendships; travel in later years, holidays, gardening, dancing, riding bicycles and walking but most of all spending time with his grandchildren and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, John Roberts, sister, Catherine Pettit and a daughter-in-law and great grandson, as well as many brother and sister-in-laws on Emma's side of the family. He is survived by his loving wife Emma with whom he had 65 happy years and their five children, Stanley of Victor, Dan(Linda) of Polson, Don of Sidney, Mike of Polson, and Cathy(Jack)Francis of Missoula, as well as thirteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. Newt is also survived by his brother Bill (Leila)Roberts of Charlo and many nieces and nephews. Vigil and Rosary will be Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Saturday, March 9th at 10:30 am. Burial at the Ronan Cemetery will follow Mass and Reception. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com.