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OBITUARY: Ike Roberts

April 29, 2022
By Staff Report

Isaac “Ike” Blackburn Roberts, age 93, Nokomis, Fla., died on Sunday, April 24, 2022. He was born August 19, 1928 in Clayton, Ga., while his parents, Julian Bryant Roberts and Effie Elvira Blackburn Roberts were vacationing. He graduated in June 1947 from Sarasota High; and he married Dorothy Wilma Buckmaster on June 20, 1948.

Ike had his first sailboat at age 5; and he became a commercial fisherman, boat captain and a Tarpon Fishing Guide in Boca Grande for many years. Ike worked for Florida Power & Light for 35 years before retiring in 1988.

Ike is survived by his daughters, Debbie (Robin) De Vaney; Beckie (Steve) Cable; both of Nokomis, his son, Michael Roberts of Orlando; his grandchildren, Rob (Karen Marie) De Vaney; Adam (Maria) De Vaney; Tricia Roark; his great-grandchildren, Justin De Vaney; Ethan De Vaney; Grayson De Vaney; Braden Roark; and Riley Bryant Roark. Ike was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Dorothy; his parents; his sister, Edith Axline Roberts; and his brothers, Elihu Baker Roberts; Lord Blackburn Roberts; and three grandchildren, Jennifer Cable; Jeremy Cable; and Jonathan Roberts.

Ike will be interred at the First Baptist Church Osprey Cemetery, located at 265 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, Fla. In lieu of flowers, Ike requested donations to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 9600 Koger Blvd N #102, St. Petersburg, FL 333702.

Services under the care of Farley Funeral Home in Venice, FL. Online condolences can be made at