Obituary for David Roberts

David Ray Roberts, 58, a long-time Northfield resident, was born on August 19, 1960 in Santa Monica, CA. He passed away on February 24, 2019 in Northfield after a long illness. He attended Northfield, MN schools, graduating from Northfield HS in 1978. As a youth David played on a Northfield School Soccer team with Paul Wellstone as his coach. Paul was a positive influence that affected David’s entire life. As a youth, David was active in 4-H and scouting. David especially appreciated the Bethel Lutheran Church youth group and the friends he made there. He traveled to Europe several times, […]

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David Ray Roberts, 58, a long-time Northfield resident, was born on August 19, 1960 in Santa Monica, CA. He passed away on February 24, 2019 in Northfield after a long illness. He attended Northfield, MN schools, graduating from Northfield HS in 1978.

As a youth David played on a Northfield School Soccer team with Paul Wellstone as his coach. Paul was a positive influence that affected David’s entire life. As a youth, David was active in 4-H and scouting. David especially appreciated the Bethel Lutheran Church youth group and the friends he made there. He traveled to Europe several times, attending one year of middle school in Bergen, Norway. After high school graduation David lived and worked in Birr, Ireland for a year. David later earned his CNA Certificate and enjoyed working with the elderly, including at Walker Methodist in Minneapolis.

David worked at Carleton College and especially appreciated his very strong life-long friendships developed with many Carleton College students. He was known as, “Superfan David Roberts”, because of his enthusiasm for Carleton athletics.

David worked hard all of his life and because of Paul Wellstone’s influence, he was dedicated to political activity to enable “working people” to make a living wage. He will always be missed by his devoted family, friends and co-workers as loving and loyal. He is survived by parents, Jan and Bruce Roberts; sister, Susan Roberts and nephew, Tyler Roberts, of Northfield; brother, Steven (Anne) Roberts of Houston, Texas; and many family and friends in Minnesota, California, Texas, Oregon, Wyoming and Norway.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 9 at 2:00pm at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave. Northfield, MN. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. David preferred memorials to the Three Links Care Center staff who cared for him so lovingly during the last years of his life. Memorials will allow carrying on David’s tradition of staff appreciation events coordinated by both the dietary and activities staff. Donations can be made to Three Links Care Center, 815 Forest Ave., Northfield, MN, 55057; or to Northfield Food Shelf, at The Community Action Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy HS-200, Northfield, MN 55057. As David always said, “No one in our country should go hungry!” David had great compassion for people, animals, and our world. Please honor him by sharing random acts of kindness and gratitude with other. That would please him most of all.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

March 9, 2019 - 2:00 PM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Bethel Lutheran Church
1321 North Avenue Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

7 Comments

  1. Steven Errede

    Our sincere, heartfelt and deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your brother David.

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  2. Tara Bussman

    So sorry to hear of David’s passing. It was a honor and privilege to take care of David. He was always caring to those lives he touched. He was comforting to those around him.His caring spirit was contagious and loved to make people around him happy and safe. He was a wonderful person both inside and out. Always cracking jokes every time I saw him. Rest now dear friend, may you be at peace.

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  3. Deborah Carpenter

    David you daily touched my heart. Your wonderful spirit, your caring for your fellow mankind, your love of family and friends was amazing. You spent so many hours making my job easier and yes fun. You will alays be in my heart. I was blessed to calling you friend. I know your nana welcomed you with open arms. Rest in peace dear David

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  4. Judi Severson

    Jan and Bruce, my sympathies to you and your family for the loss of David. David touched my life years ago when my mother was a resident of Three Links and I would go daily to feed her. David was always there with a cheerful greeting (and sometimes a candy bar for me!). We talked from time to time and he was always positive and kind. I’m certain he will be missed by many.

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  5. Bob Sullivan

    David was most certainly one of a kind, always willing to tell it like it is and not afraid to voice his opinion. We exchanged christmas cards for years, when I did not receive one this year, I should have known something was amiss. His views on politics and almost everything else were intelligent and strong. He was fun, loyal and dependable. We will miss you superfan—at Carleton and evervwhere that you touched people.

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  6. David Ludescher

    David,

    You will be dearly missed. Thank you for your friendship and guidance on City politics. Your call was always a day brightener, and a chance to discuss your perspective of a “common man” with common sense.

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  7. Jamie Grohman

    I will always have fond memories of my time with David. Thoughts with his family and many friends during this difficult time.

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