TACOMA, Wash. - Michael Stephen Roberts, born on Dec. 13, 1957, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at the age of 54.
Mike was born in Crystal Falls, to Helen and John Roberts. He came of age in Florence, Wis. and graduated from Florence High School in the class of 1976.
Mike's passion in life was music. He received his first guitar at the age of nine, which began his journey of becoming a brilliant, self-taught musical talent. He spent many years in the 1980s playing guitar in bands in Wisconsin, culminating in several years working as a full-time musician in Nashville, Tenn. with the Animal Band.
Mike shifted career gears in the '90s and studied to become a licensed insurance agent. He was a successful sales agent in the State of Minnesota and later worked as a regional manager in Washington and Arizona, for Physician's Mutual Insurance Company.
For the past several years Mike lived in Tacoma, Wash. and followed his father's footsteps working as a licensed electrician and owner of A-1 Electric Company.
Preceded in death by his parents, beloved and cherished mother, Helen Pauline (Swenski) Roberts and father, John (Bud) Daniel Roberts, friend and brother-in-law, Ernie McCraw.
Survived by best friends and sisters, Linda McCraw and Juli Stockberger; best friend and brother, John Roberts, big brother, Jim Roberts; adored nieces, Jordan, Morgan and Shayne Stockberger, Gina (McCraw) Glowaty, Tara (McCraw) Lutz, Jenny Roberts, Lisa Roberts, Carrie (Roberts) Jones; cherished nephews, Jason Roberts and Joseph Roberts, and brother-in-law and former business associate, John Stockberger.
He is also survived by his lifelong friends, Dave McCraw and Brent DallaGrana, who he also considered to be his brothers, along with many other close friends who will share our sadness of his passing.
Mike's charismatic charm and wit, beautiful music, loyal friendship, and the twinkle in his eye will be missed by all of us, and shall live on in our memories forever.
A celebration of Mike is being planned for Saturday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. at Keyes Peak Ski Lodge in Florence, Wis.