Kenneth Roebuck

Kenneth Edward Roebuck passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 at his home in Arkansas City. A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City. Pastor Dennis Voth will officiate. Interment will follow in Parker Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the services at the V.F.W. A memorial has been established with the Cowley County Humane Society. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com. Kenneth was born on Sept. 2, 1943 in Pawhuska, Okla., to Ed Roebuck and Ersa (Hahn) Roebuck. He grew up in Ponca City, Okla., and graduated from Ponca City High School in 1961. Roebuck enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served from 1963 to 1966. He was stationed in Germany, where he served as a combat engineer. While in the Army, he was decorated for his skills as a marksman. After his time in the military, Kenneth worked as a truck driver for Skyline Corporation in Elkhart, Ind. While with the company, he was transferred to Dewey, Okla., and eventually to Arkansas City. This is the place where Roebuck called home for the rest of his life. After leaving Skyline Corporation, Roebuck went into the insurance business. He founded his own insurance company in the 1980s called Roebuck Administrators based on Main Street in downtown Arkansas City. As the company grew, he eventually moved the headquarters to Wichita. Never one to retire, while in his 60s Kenneth put his talent for fixing things to use by starting a handyman business. For many years he worked as licensed residential contractor and provided handyman services to residents of Arkansas City and the surrounding areas. He was a talented, hard-working and capable handyman who took pride in the quality of his work. Roebuck married Kathleen Anne Wahl on April 4, 1970. They divorced the following year. He married Pamela Oaks Roebuck (Dunster) in 1974. Ken and Pam welcomed two children, Brandon Edward Roebuck and Casey Leann Roebuck (Smith) before divorcing in 1978. Fate brought Kenneth and Kathleen Roebuck back together in 2004. They remarried on Jan. 29, 2005. Kathleen was Kenneth’s constant companion and caregiver until the day he died. Roebuck was known for his kindness, sharp wit, sense of humor and his infectious laugh. Kenneth deeply valued family. He always made time to visit extended family members. He also did his part to make sure that family reunions took place each summer. He was a devoted and loving father to Brandon and Casey. He taught them the value of hard work, how to check the oil and change a tire, how to love unconditionally and how help those in need. “Papa Ken” was smitten with his beautiful granddaughters. He adored and cherished Addison, Lilly, Lauren and Emmerson. He loved taking them on fun trips and adventures. He and Kathleen never missed a birthday party or a school play. His lap was perfect for cuddling grandbabies and dogs. If Papa Ken was sitting, there was probably a grandchild or a dog in his lap — sometimes both. Kenny will be dearly missed by his family, friends and extended family members. Kenneth Edward Roebuck was preceded in death by his parents, Ed Roebuck and Ersa Frost; his sister, Peggy Carter; his brothers, Ben Roebuck and Stanley Roebuck; and his son, Brandon Edward Roebuck. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Wahl) Roebuck, of Arkansas City; his daughter, Casey (Roebuck) Smith and son-in-law, Jay Smith; his granddaughters, Addison and Emmerson Smith, of Tulsa, Okla., and Lilly and Lauren Roebuck, their brother, Colton Henson, and their mother, Lisa Bruner, of Arkansas City.