Charles Luther Roberts, Jr., 82, of Galveston, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at UTMB Hospital.
Charles was born October 28, 1932 in Galveston, Texas, the eldest of Charles Luther and Lillian Veronica Roberts’ three children. He attended St Mary’s Catholic School and was a 1949 graduate of Kirwin High where he was a drummer in the Kirwin High Band. Having graduated at 16 years of age, Charles then enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corp at 17 with his father’s permission. After his service, he worked for a time at Southern Select Brewery in Galveston. He retired from Todd’s Shipyard after 37 years of service as Warehouse Supervisor. He married the love of his life, Ruby Lee Bertolino – the 21st child of Galveston’s Bertolino clan – in 1955 and they shared 53 years together before Ruby’s passing in 2008. He was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a strong supporter of Catholic education in Galveston. Charles and Ruby spent many years coaching Galveston’s youth at Seahorse Bowl. He was a devoted family man and spent his retirement years enjoying the company of his grandkids, Lance, Anthony, and Anissa.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joe Wayne Roberts, and his sister, Barbara Jean Quiroga. Survivors include his daughters, Theresa Ramirez and husband Jimmie, Robin Dundee and husband Danny; grandchildren: Lance Fenske, Anthony Dundee, Anissa Dundee, Erika Chapman-Boardman and husband Lance, Jimmie Ramirez III, and Richard Ramirez; great-grandchildren: Mercedes and Benjamin Chapman-Boardman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charles’ family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Friday, April 10th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A vigil and rosary will begin at 6:30 pm.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, April 11th, at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica with Father EJ Stein, OFM, as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jimmie Ramirez, Danny Dundee, Bobby Quiroga, Lance Fenske, Anthony Dundee, and Anissa Dundee. Honorary pallbearer is Max Wilson.
Memorials in his name should be sent to Holy Family Catholic School in Galveston.