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AYER — Kenneth Roberts, 44, died Wednesday April 5, at his home in Ayer after an illness.

Mr. Roberts was born in Dayton, Ohio, on March 1, 1962, son of George H. and Martha J. (Frommell) Roberts, and lived in Ayer since moving to the area in 1991.

Mr. Roberts was the top-rated machinist at the Shanklin Corp. in Ayer. He also rode in the Northeast Rodeo Circuit in 1988.

He was a pitcher for the Bromfield School baseball team, enjoyed fishing and loved spending time with his dogs, especially Trajen and Max.

Mr. Roberts is survived by his father, George H. Roberts of Lynnwood, Washington; four sisters: Pat Krabacher and her husband, John, of New Carlisle, Ohio; Pamela Oehrtman of Kalispell, Montana; Linda Baker and her husband, Doug, of Estes Park, Colorado; and Sue Emery and her husband, Ben, of Nevada City, California; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Martha J. (Frommell) and his beloved fianc e, Linda Padilla.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Harvard, 5 Still River Road, Harvard, Mass. There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Roberts’ name may be made to the American Red Cross, North-Central Massachusetts Chapter, 114 Merriam Avenue, Leominster, MA 01453

The Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, Ayer, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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