John Roberts


John L. Roberts, 68, of Agency, died at 1:44 a.m. April 27, 2024 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. He was born January 7, 1956 in Ottumwa to Marvin and Marian “Mickey” Turpin Roberts. He married Tammy L. Swope November 1, 2003.

Growing up in Ottumwa, John had worked for the city of Bloomfield, construction for a bridge crew, at Cargil in Eddyville, CSL, and 20 years at JBS, retiring in 2023.

John loved riding his Harley and was a member of District 12 and District 14 ABATE of Iowa. He enjoyed attending various motorcycle rallies, especially ABATE’s end-of-summer rally. He also enjoyed bow hunting and fishing.

Surviving is his wife, Tammy; a son, Barry Roberts (Danitta) of Ottumwa; two stepdaughters, Jessica (Wes) Ragen of Agency, Megan Swope (fiancé, Zach Greenhalgh) of Agency; two grandchildren, Adam (fiancé, Marissa) and Lathan; a great granddaughter, Messina; siblings, Damon (Crystal) Roberts of Columbia, MO, Christy (Doug) Post of Ottumwa, Michael Byers, of Bettendorf and Michelle Cousins of Bettendorf.

He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Roberts; his mother, Mickey Byers; two brothers, Greg and Steve Roberts; and a sister, Sue Casady.

Visitation will be open after 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 30th, at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1st, at Reece Funeral Home with Chaplain Randy Schmitz officiating. Burial will be in Agency Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society.

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