Ken Ray Roberts

Ken Ray Roberts, a loving husband and father of 3, passed away in Pearland, Texas on February 16, 2021. He was 69.

Ken was born on May 13, 1951, in Houston, Texas to Jack and Tommie Katherine Roberts. Jack Roberts was a veteran of World War II, along with several other relatives. It was this heritage that shaped Ken into the very patriotic person that he was. He never let anyone he knew to be active military or a veteran pass by him without shaking their hand and thanking them for their service.

Ken graduated from Milby High School in 1969, where he met his beloved wife, Janice. They were married for 50 years. He began his career in the electrical supply business right out of high school, working for just two companies (Nunn Electric and Wholesale Electric Supply) during the course of a long 48 year career. He was well respected in his industry and established many friendships along the way.

He loved to take his colleagues and customers hunting, often turning a 6-7 hour drive into a 12 hour scenic route through the Texas Hill Country, with stops at Kasper’s Meat Market in Weimar and checking out the painted churches that dot the Texas landscape.

Ken was a devoted husband and father, who taught his children many valuable life lessons. He never missed a football or basketball game when his sons, Kevin and Kelby played or when his daughter, Katherine danced in recitals, for her high school drill team, or as a Houston Texans Cheerleader.

After retiring in 2017, he cherished spending time with Janice and their Miniature Schnauzer, Bella. He doted on Janice and took care of all that he could around the house. He also loved taking Bella for walks around the block several times a day.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Tommie Katherine Roberts and his oldest brother, Larry Roberts.

Ken leaves behind his loving wife of 50 years, Janice Roberts; his sons Kevin Roberts, wife Starr, and Kelby Roberts, wife April; and his daughter, Katherine Mattulat, husband Josh; 15 grandchildren; and two brothers Mike Roberts, wife Marilyn, and Rick Roberts, wife Diann.

A memorial visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 6, 2021, with a memorial service to begin at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of Crowder Funeral Home in Pearland.

In lieu of flowers, please make an “In Memory of” donation to Camp Hope (ptsdusa.org/give-help – click “Tribute/In-Honor” in the top right corner) and/or Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston (msrh.org/donate – click the paw), in Ken’s name. Thank you.

6 comments

  1. I am sorry to hear about Ken. Thinking about the family.

    Joyce West
  2. Our hearts are broken, there are such fond memories that we will always cherish. Kenny was a loving and caring individual and will be dearly missed. Sending our love and prayers to you Janice, Kevin, Kelby and Katherine.

    Lisa & Steve Morgan
  3. I’m going to miss seeing and waving to Kenny and Bella as they were taking their daily walks. You know that I’m praying for all of you guys, and I can only imagine how tough all of this is on all of you.
    I didn’t know that Kenny worked for Wholesale…my sister-in-law, Anne Blackman (may she rest in peace) worked there for many years too.
    Love you…

    Mary Walker
  4. There are absolutely no words. He was a selfless man and was a plethora of information taking every moment that seemed challenging and making it into a learning lesson that had a positive outcome. He was like a dad to me like to so many others and he will be missed deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. He touched so many! ❤️🙏❤️🙏

    Lina Lawson
  5. Kenny was a great friend and better mentor. He loved our industry and taught me so much over countless hours of fine conversation. He was a big part of building the global presence Wholesale Electric now enjoys. He was smart, passionate, considerate, and caring, it was an honor to have known and worked with him throughout the years. Prayers and condolences to the family.

    Dave Mark
  6. Had good times all the way back to the Milby days. There are no words that can express how sorry I am for your loss. Kenny was a great guy and would help anyone anytime. Always had nice things to say about everyone and made you feel welcomed in their home. My prayers and thoughts are with you Janice, Kevin, Kelby and Katherine.

    Gail Whitsitt

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