January 30, 1938 ~ August 9, 2021

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Joseph R. Roberts, 83, of Owensboro passed away Monday, August 9, 2021, at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. He was born in Owensboro on January 30, 1938 to the late Thelbert and Mae Terry Roberts. He was a machine operator for over 20 years. Joseph was a member of St. Stephen Cathedral and the AMVETS Post 75. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching racehorses.
Along with his parents he is preceded by in death by his wife, JoAnn Roberts and oldest daughter, Cathie Roberts.
Joseph is survived by his children, Frank Roberts and Carol (Rodney) Goodwin; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and siblings, Lillian Bowlds, Sherman Roberts, Gene Roberts and Donnie Roberts.
Services will be Noon, August 12, 2021, at St. Stephen Cathedral. Burial will follow at Rosehill-Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Prayers will be said Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Roberts. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Joseph R. Roberts. and sign his virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: August 11, 2021 11:00 am - August 11, 2021 4:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Room: Chapel

Visitation: August 12, 2021 10:00 am - August 12, 2021 12:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Room: Chapel

Funeral Mass: August 12, 2021 12:00 pm - August 12, 2021 1:00 pm

St. Stephen Cathedral
610 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

Room: Church

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  1. My condolences to the family. JR will be missed. In the beginning it took me awhile to figure out when he was kidding or serious. But once I did, I discovered one of the warmest and nicest man you could ever know. I spoke to him a few times over the years and he always made me feel welcomed. Just know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Sherman, so sorry to read of your brother’s passing. Our sympathy to you and Deloris and families. Our prayers for you during this sorrowful time. May he Rest In Peace.

  3. Only met JR a couple of times at Vincent Roberts house and at the bar for some scotch. Enjoyed it. RIP JR You will be missed. Dianne is sad because it has been years since she saw you because Texas is a long way off.

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