Kenneth “Ben” McRoberts


Kenneth “Ben” McRoberts 69 of Topeka passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018 peacefully at home.

He was born on July 6, 1949 in Topeka, KS. The son of Howard and Evelyn (Howell) McRoberts.

Ben grew up in the Silver Lake community and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1967.  He moved to Topeka in 1988.

Ben married Maurine Mayer (Shehi) on June 23, 1990 in Topeka.  He is survived by his wife Maurine of 28 ½ years and his grandson Matthew F. Mayer of the home.  

Daughter Heather R. Hunt (Ken) of Meriden, and grandsons Shane Wilson and Zach Wilson of Silver Lake, KS.; Son Jason J. McRoberts and grandson Jeremiah (Riedman) McRoberts of Silver Lake, Ks.

Stepsons William H. Mayer, Auburn, Ks. And Matthew A. Mayer of Topeka.

Grandchildren Cheyanne Lawson (DeWayne); Dallas Mayer (Sierra), Topeka, Samantha Mayer, Madison Mayer, California and Matthew F. Mayer Topeka.

Great Grandchildren: Ryder Page (Mayer) Lamar , Co.; Hunter Lawson, Emma Lawson, Chanute, Ks. Aubree Nichole Topeka; Joel A. Mayer Topeka and Miyah Pry Topeka.

Two sisters survive Shirley Albright Brewster Place Topeka; Wanda Bise Silver Lake, Ks. Many nieces and nephews.

Ben was preceded in death by parents Howard and Evelyn McRoberts.

Ben retired from Hallmark Cards after 46 years of service; he was a Triple Foil Stamp Press Operator.  He was called back to Hallmarks several times to help out after his retirement, and he also went to the Lawrence Plant to work.  Ben started work with Hallmarks on July 6, 1967 on his birthday.  Ben said it was the best birthday gift a person could have gotten, so he quit the donut shop the same day he was hired.  Miss Atwood called him to come to work and that’s when he started his career at Hallmarks.

Ben enjoyed basketball, slow pitch softball and bowling, where he earned his 300 ring in 1989, horseshoes, camping and swimming.  He was an avid K-State fan and he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

To honor Ben’s request, cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled.  Private interment and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date.

Ben was my best friend and husband, the love of my life and will be missed dearly, but never forgotten.  Wife Maurine and Grandson Matthew F. Mayer, and all his family members.

Thank you to great friends for being there for us in our time of need, Jim and Diane Bean. 

A special thank you to Beth Poe, Toni Mack, Crystal Victoria, Eva Brown and Deanna DeVoe for your last ten months of service and Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to:

Great Lakes Caring Hospice

3715 SW 29th St. Suite 100

Topeka, KS. 66614


Educational Fund for Grandson:

c/o  T.M. McRoberts

Matthew Franklin Mayer

3200 S. Kansas Ave

Topeka, KS. 66611

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  1. Maurine, So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We did not know Ben, but know he must have been an amazing husband to you for so many years. Your memories will be in your heart forever. Your friends Steve and Joyce Jenkins

  2. So sorry to hear this, I so enjoyed working with Ben at Topeka Hallmarks, a lot of good foil stamp memories…. my condolences to all of his family.

  3. Mike and I are sending our Prayers and Hugs to All the Family !! We both have very Special Memories of Friday Night card games, bowling tournaments in Wichita and Softball Tournaments all over Kansas. Not to mention the many years at Hallmark together !! Love You and RIP !!! We miss those famous Bloody Mary’s. !!!

  4. You are in my thought and prayers, I so enjoyed knowing and working with you and Ben at Topeka Hallmarks.many great memories. Hugs to all.

  5. Mo. So sorry for your loss sending you healing prayers for you and your family , Ben was a special and great person . I enjoyed working with you and him in foilstamp at Hallmark ,

  6. Many blessings to Ben’s entire family. Gary and I worked with Ben for a lot of years. Always fun and a good guy. I can still remember all the sunflower seeds around his press. God bless you all. Gary and Deb Powell

  7. So sorry to hear of Ben’s passing. I went to school with Ben and he was one of my brother’s best friends from high school and they both worked at Hallmark until my brother (Ron Grimsley) moved to Idaho when his family was very little. I’m sure my brother could tell some funny stories from their high school days and early adulthood. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May your memories give you peace.

  8. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel after hearing of Ben’s death. May you treasure your wonderful memories and my thoughts are with you

  9. He as our son Chris McKinsey little league coach when he was only 6 years old. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  10. Paula and I want to express our condolences regarding Ben’s passing. We regret the loss for the McRoberts family and the Hallmark family as well. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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