Frank Roberson

Frank Whitcomb Roberson, 92, passed away on Wednesday December 9, 2020, at the Cottagewood Senior Communities Memory Care, Rochester, MN of Alzheimer’s.

He was born February 8, 1928 to Frank Bruce and Florence (Rust) Roberson in Gillford Township, Wabasha County, MN.  He graduated from Lake City High School.  He married Bernetta A. Senst at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Lake City on May 6, 1949. Bernetta passed away February 6, 2004.

Frank worked as a pipe fitter for the Grinnell Fire-protection Co. He farmed and raised registered Angus cattle. For many years he customed combined.  In 1972, Frank brought the first Vermeer large round baler into Minnesota and became a dealer for Vermeer Manufacturing out of Pella, Iowa. He became a District Manager for Vermeer Manufacturing . He spent 25 years, covering 30 counties in southern Minnesota in which time he set up 14 dealers. While a Vermeer District Manager Frank had several short line products, Morrison Belting, McKee Manufacturing out of Canada, Scranton Manufacturing, Aqua Therm, and Woods Manufacturing. He also had an inventive mind, he invented and manufactured STAND-UP-GARDENS.

After Bernetta retired, they spent several winters on the big island of Hawaii. Then wintered in Yuma, Arizona, where he joined the Yuma County Sheriff’s Department and he spent 12 winters as a volunteer deputy. He loved spending time with his children and his grandchildren, more than they will ever know.

Frank is survived by his children: Lynne (Roger) Sprick, Millville, Kay Jostock, Zumbro Falls, Patricia (Mark) Chatman, California, Larry (Angie) Roberson, Millville, Brian (Tami) Roberson, Elgin, Cheryl Sperling, Chaska, Michelle (Marvin) Morgan, Arizona. 15 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren, sisters, Dorothy Potterf and Virginia Gunderson and Sister-in-law, Arlene Roberson.

He was preceded in death by his wife , his parents, brothers Robert and Don Roberson, son in-law Dennis Jostock, Sister-in-law Audrey Roberson, brothers-in-law Bud Potterf and Bob Gunderson.

A special THANK YOU to those who were Frank’s companion caretakers, especially Dawn Sexton who always went above and beyond the call of duty.  Also, thank you to all the staff at Cottagewood Senior Communities Memory Care and Heartland Hospice.  You were all amazing!

A special thank you to The Rochester Cremation Services, Mike Johnson and staff, for your professional and caring way you took care of Frank’s final wishes.

Memorials may be designated to Heartland Hospice or Cottagewood Senior Communities Memory Care of Rochester, Minnesota.

Rochester Cremation Services 1605 Civic Center Dr., NW, Rochester, MN 55901 were in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences of Frank may be shared at

Memorial Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Lake City United Methodist Church, 213 North Oak Street, Lake City, MN. Memorial Service will be live streamed. Click link below.


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5 thoughts on “Frank Roberson

  1. Our sympathies to Frank’s family. We always enjoyed visiting with Frank, he always had stories to tell. Frank sold us our first round baler, a Vermeer 504C in the late 80’s. We used it for years and always appreciated the service we received.
    Hugs to all.

  2. Always enjoyed visiting with Frank and he was a really good listener.
    Just a wonderful man.

  3. We enjoyed Frank as a neighbor here in the Foothills area of Yuma. He was a true gentleman. His love for his family was apparent as he spoke of them often and loved to tell us about them and the grandchildren.
    Our condolences to Larry and Angie and family.

  4. Our condolences to you all during this difficult time. I enjoyed talking with Frank when I would see him. Hugs to you Angie and Larry.

  5. It was an honor to be a caregiver for Frank. We had a lot of good times. Such a gentleman. I think of him and how he loved watching the cattle on the hillside. I think of him whenever I see a Hershey’s candy bar. He loved chocolate and sweets. Happy birthday on the 8th!!♥️Dawn

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