Gailen R. Roberts 66, of Grangeville Lost his courageous battle with multiplemyeloma cancer on Tuesday, September 20th.
He was born on August 15, 1950 in Weiser, Idaho to Floyd and Vivian (Johns) Roberts. During his teenage years he spent the summer months in Midvale, Idaho helping on his grandparents farm. Growing up he lived on Sutler Creek and the log house at O’Hara on the Selway river. He attended school at Clearwater Valley. In 1969 he enlisted in the Army and served in Korea.
After serving our country he returned and married Claudia Henry, they had two sons Terry and Jeremy. He worked 35 years hauling logs for Pierson Enterprises. He enjoyed gun collecting, shooting and in 2001 he started trapshooting which introduced him to a whole new family. He was an active member of the Lewiston and Grangeville Gun Clubs. One of his cherished victories was winning Hooters double championship in Spokane. He loved spending time in the mountains camping and riding ATVs and driving “Old Blue” his Chevy pickup.
He is survived by his wife Claudia. His two sons Terry (Amy) and Jeremy (Mandy) and grandchildren Madison (buggy), Tristan (Hoppy), Meggan (Hooey), Makayla (Koozie), and step grandchildren Garett and Gabby. His siblings Mildred (Larry) Pierson, Gary (Judy) Roberts and Tim (Leslie) Roberts, many nieces and nephews and his loyal walking partner Gus.
He was preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Vivian.
We would like to thank Dr. Midence and staff for the quality care for over 7 years.
A viewing will be held Friday, September 23, 2016 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. A Graveside service will be Saturday, September 24th at Prairie View Cemetery at 11 AM followed by a celebration of his life at the Grangeville Gun Club. Please bring your favorite side dish and shotguns for the Annie Oakleys and stories of Gailen. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
“See ya at Christmas Grandpa!”