James Edward Roberts


James Edward Roberts Jr. (aka Jim or Deak) died Thursday, January 2, 2020 in Surprise, Arizona. Born in Charleston, WV, raised in Vienna, West Virginia, he had loved in Canton, OH most of is life moving Arizona in 2006.
He was a 1956 graduate of Greenbrier Military School, earned a BS from the University of North Alabama in 1960 and a MBA from The Ohio State University in 1980. He retired a Captain, after 24 years in the United States Naval Reserve. He was a former employee of Goodyear Industrial Products and Amoco Chemicals division of Standard Oil of Indiana and then started his own business, Jim Roberts Plastics.
He invented, patented, and marketed “Dish Scrubber”, the detergent-in-the- handle dishwashing tool used throughout the world. Jim served over 13 years in the Akron Public School (Central Hower High School) as a volunteer assisting his wheelchair-bound wife, Mary Jane (Hudak) Roberts, who was
afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. she taught mathematics and computer science and preceded him in death. He was a life member of the Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, The Military Officers Association of America, The Naval Reserve Association, Naval League of the United States, The Reserve Officers Association and a member of the United States LST/Amphibs Association, The Army-Navy Union, American Legion, Am Vets, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Jim enjoyed writing poetry and composed over 450 poems. He also wrote a book on his travels with his daughter across Canada and Alaska.
Survived by his wife, Carol Miller-Roberts, daughter, Mary Kathryn (Kevin) Zuza, all of Goodyear, Arizona, and sister Susan Kathryn Travis of Kentucky. Also preceded in death by his parents, James Edward Roberts and Iva Kathryn (Mangus) Roberts.
Services are pending.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6155 Rockside Road, Cleveland, OH 44131 or Saint Sebastian Catholic Church Educational Fund, 500 Mull Avenue, Akron, OH 44320