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