The Rev. Marton J. Roberson, 57

December 19, 2008

AUG. 22, 1951DEC. 17, 2008

HAMPSTEAD, Md. - The Rev. Marton James "Marty" Roberson, 57, of Hampstead, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at his home.

He was born Aug. 22, 1951, in Fullerton, Calif., the son of Marilynn J. Johnson Roberson of Easley, S.C. and the late Elton Lee Roberson.

He was the husband of Cheryl W. Miller Roberson, his wife of 24 years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was a 1969 graduate of Smithsburg High School in Smithsburg, Md. and a 1976 graduate of the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. He graduated in 1999 from Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary.

He served as a pastor at Port Royal Lutheran Parish in Port Royal, Pa. and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsport, Md. He was currently serving as pastor at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Westminster, Md. Prior to entering the ministry, he was a sales manager at Wantz Distributors in Hagerstown, Md.


He was a former president of Smithsburg Athletic Boosters.

He enjoyed NASCAR, ship cruising and loved to cook. He loved being a Pop Pop and adored his grandsons. He enjoyed watching and supporting his children in sports activities. He loved serving the Lord.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by children and spouses, Devon C. and Melissa Roberson of Harrisburg, Pa., Julie C. and Jim Lovelace of Leesburg, Ga., W. Theodore "Ted" III and Rebecca Spaeth of Hagerstown, and Jeffrey L. and Nicole Spaeth of Midlothian, Va.; siblings, Daniel H. Roberson of Tennessee, Nannette M. Underwood of Easley, S.C. and Bryon T. Roberson of Cascade, Md.; and grandsons, Chance T. Spaeth and Jax J. Spaeth.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, at 3:30 p.m. at St. John's (Leisters) Evangelical Lutheran Church, 827 Leisters Church Road, Westminster with the Rev. Chad Kline and Bishop H. Gerald Knoche co-officiating. Graveside will be private in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. John's (Leisters) Evangelical Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Westminster. A memorial service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsport, with the Rev. W. Gregory Martin officiating.

If desired memorial contributions may be made to PANCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network), 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245; or St. John's Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 827 Leisters Church Road, Westminster, MD 21157.

Arrangements are by Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home in Westminster.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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