June 1, 1940 – September 22, 2021
On the morning of September 22, 2021, moonlit and starry, we lost our wonderful husband, father, grandfather and best friend.
Byron Roberts passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family at age 81 after an 11-month battle with AML leukemia. He was born June 1, 1940 in Miles City, Montana, and was the second child and first son of Byron and Irene Roberts.
Byron had an unquenchable love for life. He embraced each day as a new opportunity to dream, to create, to achieve. His remarkable mind and skillful hands produced some wonderful and beautifully designed things which brought great joy to so many people.
Byron had the unique ability to see the deep beauty of rusty, dusty, and tattered objects. He called it “patina”. An old Edison record player, the rusty remains of a vintage car, a dilapidated Victorian house, it didn’t matter, his hands and his mind would bring it back to life in every detail. Who else but Byron would put a little dummy mouse hole with a little dummy plush mouse in the baseboard of every house he restored? The dream that made Bryon fight last year was the hope of completing the restoration of his 1928 Chevrolet Landau coupe and hearing the engine roar. The family will complete this project.
He has had the chance to travel the world with his family and friends. He had the opportunity to sail to the Bahamas, tour Europe, explore Egypt, enjoy Hawaii and even spend time in Asia to visit Japan and Taiwan. Byron loved his trips abroad, but truly discovered that hiking Montana trails and fishing Montana rivers were his favorite adventures and his best place to relax, reflect, and dream. His banjo was usually lagging behind as he shared his cheerful voice and love of music with anyone willing to sing along.
Byron attended St. Helena Elementary School and graduated from Cathedral High School in Helena. He attended Carroll College for 2 years and was drafted into the military at the age of 22. After 2 years of service, he continued his studies at Great Falls College and obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
He married the love of his life, Carla Kay Comes, on September 11, 1965 in Lewistown, MT.
Byron worked for the State of Montana at the Department of Economic Development, Transportation, and Trade for 20 years, then started his own homebuilding business, B Roberts Homes, where he built and remodeled homes in Helena for years. Byron went on to work for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and ended his business career in his dream job as Executive Director of the Montana Building Industry Association (MBIA)
Byron was a member of the National Homebuilders Association as well as the local Helena and Great Falls associations. He was a life member and supporter of the Cathedral of Saint Helena.
Byron is survived by his wife Carla, his 4 children, their spouses and families, Leslie and Eric Sacco (Connor), Lynn and Craig Journey (Sarah and Addison), Jill Roberts and Mike Cloeren and Steve and Kim Roberts (Alice and Eloise ). His 6 siblings and their spouses, Mary Ann (Joe) Baumgardner, Dean (Helen) Roberts, Kathleen (Bob) Meyer, Bill (Peggy) Roberts, Dave (Joyce) Roberts and Colleen (Mike) Casey and the many nieces and nephews he loved so much.
Byron is predeceased by his parents Byron and Irene Roberts and his little sister Jean Marie.
Vigil services for Byron will be held on Monday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Anderson Stevenson & Wilke Funeral Home at 3750 N Montana Ave in Helena. Her funeral will be on Tuesday, October 5 at noon in Saint Helena Cathedral. Everyone is welcome to attend a luncheon reception that will follow at the Brondel Center of the Cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Byron’s memory to 3 charities: Prickly Pear Land Trust (Pricklypearlt.org), Growing Friends of Helena (growingfriends.org), Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS.org) and please donate blood to your local blood bank which made the last year of his life possible. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer your condolences to the family or to share a memory of Byron.
Posted by Helena Independent Record on September 26, 2021.