Marion King Roberts
1947 - 2021
BORN
1947
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory
601 Indiana St
Lawrence, KS
Marion King Roberts was born in Hutchinson, KS, July 14, 1947 to Rubie King and Thomas Allen Roberts. He died July 17, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marcia, and sons Seth (Susanne) of Lawrence, and Spencer (Brittany) of Pacifica, CA., and nine grand children.
He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from William Jewell College, his Masters in Music from Kansas State University, and his D.M.A. from the University of Kansas. He was Chairman of the Department of Music and Director of Music Education at Baker University from 1975¬1985. He was Director of Bands at Blue Valley North High School from 1986¬2014. He was past president and charter member of the Kansas Bandmasters Association, KBA Outstanding Bandmaster, and twice selected as One of Fifty Directors Who make a Difference by the School Band and Orchestra magazine. He received many other teaching awards. He was inducted into the Kansas Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 2017. Until recently he served as associate conductor and President of the Board of Directors of the Lawrence City Band and conductor of the De Soto Brass Band.
He loved vacations with his family from the mountains to the beach, time at the lake sailing and water skiing. He was a car enthusiast and dog lover who never met a stranger. He was a mentor and teacher to thousands.
Open memorial celebration will be at Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, July 31 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Service at 1:30 p.m. Masks required for the unvaccinated… please! Link to parking: https://ibb.co/ qnQhNWM
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lawrence City Band (reference Marion Roberts Memorial Fund), 1619 East 686th Road, Lawrence, KS 66049. Online condolences made at rumsey¬yost.com
Published by Lawrence Journal-World on Jul. 25, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jul
31
Memorial service
1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, KS
Jul
31
Service
1:30p.m.
Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, KS
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We are so sorry for your loss! Marion was such a wonderful man and musician and the very soul of the Lawrence City Band. We will never forget his characteristic cheerfulness and wonderful way that he treated everyone around him. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. We will all miss Marion.
Paul and Joy Laird
August 3, 2021
Marsha & family; We were deeply saddened to hear the passing of Marion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Please know we are here for you if you need anything at all.
Aaron, Shelley & Haylie Black
Friend
July 22, 2021
Deepest sympathy to the family. He was my professor at Baker. I have so many fond memories of him and the ensembles that he directed.
Karena Felzke Housworth
School
July 20, 2021
No words are adequate. May God grant you peace.
William Dierks
Friend
July 19, 2021
My family sends our sympathy and prayers to you. Marion was a wonderful person. He will be missed.
Ed Humphreys
Friend
July 19, 2021
We've known Marion since 1984 and have valued the friendship of he and Marcia since then. He was loved by his students and respected by his colleagues. You will be missed, Dr. Roberts.
Susan Buehler
July 19, 2021
We are sad to learn of Dr. Roberts passing. He was a VERY important person in our son's life and ours too. Our son, Jason McWilliams graduated from BVN in 1994 and lettered in band all four years he was there. He never took music lessons beyond what he learned from Dr. Roberts, but had a knack of being able to play virtually any instrument within a few hours of picking it up. Dr. Roberts was unique in so many ways. He not only made every band member feel special; instilling them with pride and a deep desire to excel, he also presented his band in a way that garnered respect from the entire student body. His formula worked so well that Jason looked forward to marching band practice even during the heat of the summer and loved traveling to competitions where the BVN marching band was always scored as "excellent." Jason was in the hospital for his graduation night, but was announced anyway to a round of applause, and after the graduation, Dr. Roberts came to the hospital to present Jason his diploma. There was a very special bond between the two that I'll never forget. Following his graduation, Jason was offered art scholarships from several of the most prestigious art institutes in the U.S. He attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) his freshman year and then moved to the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) to focus on painting his sophomore year. Tragically, he was killed in an auto accident mid-way through his first semester at KCAI. Dr. Roberts dedicated a concert to his memory. Dr. Roberts made the world a better place and I'm sure was a positive influence on thousands of young people. His memory will live on in our hearts.
Paul and Sherri McWilliams
School
July 19, 2021
Marcia and family - My heavy heart is with you as you mourn the loss of Marion. Seems strange to call him that as a student I called him Dr. Roberts. Thank you for loaning him to his students and allowing him so much time to bring the love of music, band and performing to many! I will never forget auditioning for him at Baker at age 18 - shaking like the cowardly lion on Wizard of Oz. He was so kind and encouraging and put me at ease. The band trip to England was a highlight of my life and will forever be one. He worked us hard and expected dedication. I will always remember his smile & my time at Baker in band. Many blessings to you all. Megan Michael
Megan (McLane) Michael
School
July 19, 2021
I am so very sorry to hear about Dr. Roberts´ passing. I have such fond memories of him as Band Director at Baker University!!! He will be greatly missed!! Thank you for the memories!!
Glenda Nirschl-Timmerman
School
July 19, 2021
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