|Birth: ||Jun. 22, 1904|
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 1999|
Known simply and affectionately as ''Dr. Joe,'' the death of 95-year old Dr. Joseph Roberts Saturday at a Tennessee nursing home marks the end of an era in Watseka area medical practice.
Dr. Joseph Marvin Roberts was the last surviving member of a three generation doctoring family which included his grandfather William Roberts of Gridley, plus his father William Ross Roberts, and Joseph's elder brother, Earl.
Dr. Joe, along with his father and brother, operated the Roberts Clinic, founded in 1945. The clinic still operates at 845 S. 4th St., and includes Dr. James Dailey who worked with Dr. Joe from 1960 until the elder physician's retirement in 1984.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Hubert Lytle will officiate.
Graveside military rites by the Watseka American Legion will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospital or to the Alzheimers Association.
Dr. Roberts died Saturday (June 26, 1999) at the McKendree Village Nursing Home in Hermitage, Tenn.
A doctor in Watseka for nearly 50 years, he also served as an alderman and as school board president.
He was born June 22, 1904 in Cissna Park the son of William Ross and Jennie Leatherman Roberts.
His wife, the former Leila M. Locke, whom he married March 7, 1932 in Chicago, died June 26, 1985. He then married Erma Brown Wilgus on Oct. 16, 1985 and she died Jan. 9, 1997.
Dr. Roberts was a physician on staff of Iroquois Memorial Hospital 1937-1984.
He attended school in Cissna Park and graduated from Watseka High School. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and from Northwestern University medical school in 1930.
In 1932 he became assistant chief surgeon for the Eastern Illinois Railroad, Western Illinois Railroad and the Belt Railroad of Chicago.
He served four years as an instructor in surgical anatomy at Northwestern University Medical School and one year as an instructor at Loyola University Medical School. After one year as assistant surgeon at Cook County Hospital.
He went to Watseka in 1936, where he joined his physician father, W.R. Roberts and brother E.L. Roberts in creating the Roberts Clinic. He was active in the clinic until his retirement in 1984.
In 1942 he entered duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve as lieutenant, serving in the South Pacific, American and European Theatres, until 1946, attaining the rank of Commander.
He was a member of the Watseka American Legion, American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Iroquois County Medical Society, charter member of Watseka Elks and Watseka Lions Club.
He served one term as president of the Watseka Grade School Board just after World War II and served one term a Watseka alderman.
John Bell, long time Watseka resident and historian, termed Dr. Joe a fine doctor and general surgeon, a sentiment shared by the doctor's former colleague Dr. James Dailey.
''He was a certainly a complete individual ... an excellent physician, surgeon and generalist,'' Dr. Dailey said today.
''He was a fine person in all the characteristics - completely honest.
''His number one interest was the patient's welfare whatever their financial status,'' Dailey recalled.
And Gloria Hassen, vice president of patient services at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, characterizes Dr. Joe as ''a gem.'' She's a 42 year employee and RN who worked with Dr. Joe when she was on the nursing staff. She says he was an old fashioned doctor. If the patient couldn't get to him he made house calls.
Mrs. Hassen said Dr. Joe also was a carpenter. If a patient needed traction, the doctor would go home and build it and come back in about four hours with equipment for traction.
Leila Mae Roberts (1903 - 1985)
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