Rockford Roberts

Rockford A. Roberts, 57, of Columbia lost his courageous battle with cancer Saturday, June 8, 2013, at home surrounded by his family.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, June 12 at St Andrews Lutheran Church at 6:00. Visitation will precede the service from 4:30 to 6:00 at the church.

Rocky was born September 22, 1956 in Macon, MO to Arnold and Thelma Rogers Roberts. He grew up in Moberly and Cairo. Rocky enlisted in the Navy after high school, serving six years, and was stationed mainly in the Little Creek, VA area. He returned to Columbia after his discharge from the Navy, and attended Moberly Area Community College and the University of Missouri.

Rocky met Sandy Mattson while working for Discwasher in Columbia, and they married on October 12, 1985. They were blessed with two children, Emily Roberts West (Chad) and Samuel Wade Roberts, both of Columbia.

Rocky also worked for Extrusion Technologies for several years, and retired from Watlow on a medical disability.

Rocky was active with his children, coaching Columbia Youth Football for several years,  working with Boy Scout Troop 707, and traveling to gymnastics meets. He belonged to and was active at his church,  St Andrews Lutheran Church. He helped found a GOLF (Growing Our Lutheran Faith) group, and served as a confirmation guide. His passion was trout fishing, which he was introduced to by his father-in-law. He spent as much time as possible at Bennett Spring, which was the only place where he felt he could truly relax.

In addition to his wife and children, Rocky is survived by a sister, Jo Beattie of Antioch, IL, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sue Roberts, and brother, Ron Roberts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus, 3050 I-70 Drive SE, Suite 100, Columbia, MO  65201.


  1. Erynn Hesler on June 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I’m so saddened to hear about Rocky’s passing. I can’t imagine what your family is going through. I hope you’ll be able to find some solace in your memories of him. My heart goes out to you.

  2. Jo Ann Moss on June 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Rocky’s passing. I was friends with him in high school and spent many good times hanging out in our group. I remember him as a caring and loyal friend. It breaks my heart that I had not stayed in touch over the years. I am so happy to know he had such a wonderful family. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  3. Jody Calvin on June 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Sandy, I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. Love your family to help ease your pain.

  4. Leigh Anne Jollie on June 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Sandy and family – you are in my thoughts and prayers !

  5. Erin Blevins on June 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Emily & Sandy, so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you both.

  6. Bondi Wood on June 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Sandy, I was so sorry to hear of Rocky’s passing. I’m praying for strength for you and your family.

  7. Mark L Hibbs on June 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I am sorry to hear about Rocky. I graduated with Rocky and considered him a friend, and he was a good person. Though we did not stay in touch through the years, I was a better person for knowing him. My thoughts are with his children and spouse. May you find peace with the memories I know that he gave to all of you.
    Sincere regards

  8. Tamara Arnold on June 12, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Sandy, I am saddened to hear the news of Rocky’s passing. May the heartfelt wishes of friends lift you up and give you strength during this difficult time. With sincere sympathy, Tamara

  9. Jill Winkler on June 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Sandy, Emily and Wade so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our prayers, peace be with all.
    Tom and Jill Winkler

  10. Kym Priest on June 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Sandy, Emily & Wade,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Sending love and prayers,
    Paul & Kym Priest

  11. Albert Brock on March 3, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I was saddened to learn that Rocky has passed. I enjoyed the times we worked and played (softball) together. Will always remember that time in our lives. I know he is missed.

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