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Ernest "Bud" Arnold Roberts, Jr., 88, of Auburn, California, died at his home on September 10, 2017, surrounded by his family. During his final days, many friends were there with him, too, reading the Bible, sharing stories and laughter. His cheery presence made him friends with all he met, whether at the Ridge Golf Course where he worked as a starter, or at the Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist Church where he had previously been part of the pastoral staff, working with a weekly food program for those in need. Bud was born July 14, 1929, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, to Helen Mundy and Ernest Arnold Roberts. His interest in spiritual things was evident from childhood. Even before he could read, he loved marking verses in his Bible. While in college, he met and married Ruth Kershaw. In 1954, he graduated from Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland, and began his career as a minister in Huntington, West Virginia. While there, his daughter Debbi was born. There were pastoral assignments in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, during which his daughter Janelle was born; Taunton and Worcester, Massachusetts; Troy, Michigan; Hinsdale, Illinois; and finally at the Village Church in College Place, Washington, where he spent nearly seventeen years. It was there that his wife Ruth passed away and he married Shirley Mertz. Following his retirement in 1995, he continued serving as a pastor in an interim capacity in Oregon, along with teaching religion courses at Walla Walla University. In 1997, he moved to Northern California where he was always ready to help neighbors, friends, family, or a local church. He served as an Interim Pastor in several churches in Northern California and Hawaii. Walking was a favorite pastime. For many years he regularly logged over 1000 miles in a year. It was his heart's desire that people would know God better because of his life. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Mertz Roberts; two daughters, Janelle Roberts Perrin of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Debbi (Glenn) Christensen of Roseville, California; Shirley's two sons, Michael Mertz of Asia and Daniel (Karyn) Mertz of Keene, Texas; and six beloved grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Kelli, Jake (married to Amanda), Kimberly, and Justin Mertz and Casey and Zakary Roberts-Perrin. He is predeceased by his brothers, William Roberts and James Roberts and his first wife, Ruth Kershaw Roberts. A memorial service will be held on September 30, 2017, at 4 pm at the Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4600 Winding Way, Sacramento, California. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Services.

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