Walter “Russell” Roberts died peacefully June 1, 2017. Russell was born June 24 to Hovey and Clarabell (Green) Roberts. He was born in Brooks and lived in the Brooks area all of his 92 years. He got to know many people in his community.

Russell served in the Army Air Force during WWII and was stationed in India, Burma and China, among other places. After returning from the service, he settled down in Knox where he lived out the remainder of his life. He loved animals and was always surrounded by a variety of pets including dogs, cats and ferrets. Russell had a mini-farm for many years where he raised horses, cows, chickens and pigs. Russell also loved cars, and he had a particular interest in Subarus. He collected many Subarus and was a local fixture driving around the community in his old Subaru wagons. Russell also loved music and played some guitar and listened to a wide variety of different musical styles. In addition to spending time with family and friends, taking care of his homestead, listening to music, and keeping his cars in fine running condition, Russell drove a truck for both local hatcheries and for C.N. Brown and worked for Lucas Tree.

Russell was predeceased by his parents as well as family members Charlie and Olive Holt of Plymouth, Carl Braley of Plymouth, and several nieces and nephews.

Russell’s wife, Ellen Porter Patterson Roberts, joined him in Heaven June 2, 2017.

Russell is survived by loving family and extended family members including Richard and Marie Roberts and family of Waldo; Torie and Julie Patterson and family of Thorndike; Penny Patterson Ward and family of Swanville; Tom and Darlene Patterson Hineman and family of Vassalboro; Helen Braley of Hartland; and many nieces and nephews. Russell is also survived by some special friends: Arthur Humphrey of Brooks, Donald Nickerson of Monroe, and Bob and Pat Roberts of Brooks.

A funeral service for both Russell and Ellen will be held Monday, June 12, at Brooks Pentecostal Church at 11 a.m. A separate graveside service will be held for Russell at a date to be determined.