Glenn M. Roberts81, Army veteran, teacher, Lititz COB choir member

By on July 11, 2012

Glenn M. Roberts, 81, of Lititz, died at home Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

He was the husband of the late Sylvia Lewis Roberts and the son of the late Ralph and Sara Keller Roberts.

He graduated from Hummelstown High School (now Lower Dauphin) in 1949. After working at Hershey Chocolate Factory for two years, he began his college career at Hershey Junior College in 1951, where he excelled in drama and basketball. After transferring to Indiana State Teachers College, where he played number two for the tennis team, he graduated with a bachelor of science degree majoring in mathematics. While attending Indiana, he married Sylvia Lewis of Hershey in June of 1954.

From 1955 to 1957, he served with the Army of Occupation of Germany in the Army Security Agency. While there, he was able to travel extensively in Western Europe, learning conversational French and German languages. He was in the Reserves after his active duty and was discharged in May 1963. He began his teaching career in 1957 at Hershey Public Schools, but, after moving to Lititz in 1965, spent most of his teaching years at Manheim Township. During his teaching career, he attended Southern Illinois University Graduate School in the Psychology Department majoring in counseling and rehabilitation. He retired from teaching in 1986.

He loved playing tennis. He joined the Manheim Tennis Club in 1969 and remained a member until his death. Poetry was one of his loves, and he particularly enjoyed writings of 19th century American writers. Many of the passages he held dear were committed to memory.

His avocation was music. While enjoying many kinds of music, he had a special interest in jazz and authentic Dixieland from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. A lifelong Christian, he, along with his wife, sang sacred music in dozens of churches in Southcentral Pennsylvania. He was choir director for 15 years, serving in both the United Methodist of Denver and Mohler’s Church of the Brethren. In his last years, he remained a member of the Lititz Church of the Brethren (COB), singing in the choir and men’s quartet.

Glenn is survived by a brother: Ralph Roberts, of Iowa City, Iowa; and a sister: Geralyn Meacham, of Hummelstown; a son: Alan, husband of Janelle Roberts, of Lititz; a daughter: Marjorie, wife of Craig Keener, of Lititz; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on July 23 at 11 a.m. at Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 W. Orange St., Lititz.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Lititz Church of the Brethren Organ Fund, 300 W. Orange St., Lititz, PA 17543.

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