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William McRoberts

Aug. 28, 1906-Oct. 8, 2007

Former Detroit Lakes resident William F. McRoberts, 101, of Belvidere, N.J., died Monday, October 8, 2007 at his home, with his family by his side.

William, the son of Francis and Edith (Murray) McRoberts, was born Aug. 28, 1906 in Castleton, N.D.

As a young man, William began his career as an air traffic control operator for PanAm, stationed in Alaska from 1935-45. He then owned and operated a restaurant named "The Hillside" in Detroit Lakes.

In 1971, William retired from Gamma Chemical Company in Great Meadows, N.J., as a chemist.

A graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree, William received his master's degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College.

William enjoyed sailing. He participated and won many regatta events in Detroit Lakes, earning him the nickname "Skipper Willy." At North Dakota State University, he was an excellent ice hockey player who was featured on Ripley's Believe or Not for stopping the most goal attempts with his eye swollen shut.

Surviving William are his three sons, F. William and Jonathan M. McRoberts, both of Hawaii, as well as Glenn Scott Williams of San Diego; a daughter, Judith McRoberts Teves of Belvidere; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Preceding William in death were his sister, Sally; and his wife, Judith Higgins (1989).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Mountain Lake Fire Co., 99 Tamarack Rd., Belvidere, NJ 07823

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Warren Hills Memorial Home, 234. W. Washington, Ave. Washington, NJ 07882. To send an on-line condolence visit