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Obituaries > ROBERTS, WILLIAM C.

William was born November 12, 1919 in San Francisco, CA; passed away May 28, 2008 in Spokane. He earned a BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He served in World War II and during the Korean War. At the time of his promotion to full Colonel he was the youngest to receive the rank. He also served at Guadalcanal. He survived the torpedo attack of the transport ship USS John Penn and received a Purple Heart. He retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps. William was past president of the American Red Cross Spokane Chapter, a board member of the Spokane Country Club, member of the U.S. Marine Corps Raider Association and served on the District committee of National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. He enjoyed his flowers and gardening, was an avid golfer and traveled the world extensively. William is survived by his daughter, Gina McFarland of Spokane; brother, Theodore (Nita) Roberts of Honduras; three grandchildren: Sean McFarland of Spokane, Sara McFarland of Corvallis, Or, Scotty McFarland of Spokane. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia B. Roberts; one daughter, Nancy L. Roberts; parents, William B. and Mary Roberts. A Committal Service will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, 7200 N. Wall St. with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hennessey/Smith Funeral Home & Crematory, 2203 North Division, Spokane, WA 99207