Roberta Wilburn

Roberta Wilburn

April 10, 1932 - July 11, 2020
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Roberta June (Dodd) Wilburn was born on April 10, 1932, in Struggleville, OK. At a young age, her biological mother passed away and she and one other sibling were put up for adoption. Roberta was adopted by Homer and Willie Virginia Dodd and grew up in Paoli, OK. After Roberta finished her education, she went to work for Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, OK, where she met Lavern Wilburn, and they were married on February 6, 1954. The couple lived in Rapid City before moving to Piedmont in 1967, where they raised their two daughters.
Roberta enjoyed being involved with her daughter’s school activities and often was the driver / chaperone for out-of-town sporting events. She loved high school basketball and has been known to disagree with the referees enough to get a technical called on the team. She was a 4-H leader for many years and guided her daughters and others to excel in the program. During the summers, Roberta attended numerous horse shows, rodeos, and queen contests, and was the best motivational cheerleader anyone could have.
While raising her family, Roberta started exploring different career choices. She became a talented photographer and focused her skills on senior and family portraits. She was also a reporter for the Meade County Times in Sturgis and kept her Piedmont community in the news. After the girls were raised, Roberta started getting involved with owning and managing several businesses. The list includes the Sluice Restaurant in Spearfish, General Store and Laundromat in Piedmont, and J9 Café and Chute Roosters in Hill City.
Roberta loved her two grandsons. She was always available to sit and have a cup of coffee, enjoy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and have a conversation about whatever needed to be discussed. She was a master storyteller.
Roberta June Wilburn, 88, died Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Avantara Arrowhead Care Center in Rapid City, SD.
Survivors include her daughters, Dana Wilburn, location unknown, and Deb Wilburn, Piedmont, SD; two grandsons, Brock (Danielle) Williams, Faith, SD, and Blake Williams, Piedmont, SD; three beautiful great-granddaughters, Kaydence, Kylie, and Kamryn Williams; one brother, Joe Dodd; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other kids that she took in as her own.
Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, Lavern; her adopted parents, Homer and Willie Virginia Dodd; three adopted siblings; her biological parents; and five biological siblings.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with a visitation to begin one hour prior to services. Interment will follow at Black Hills National cemetery near Sturgis.
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  • Visitation

    July 17, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    July 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Service

    July 17, 2020 | 1:00pm
    July 17, 2020 1:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor John Britt
  • Interment

    July 17, 2020 | 2:30pm
    July 17, 2020 2:30pm
    Black Hills National Cemetery
    20901 Pleasant Valley Drive
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Patti Nequette

Posted at 11:43pm
Deb, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Thoughts and prayers!

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Nancy Worth

Posted at 10:15am
What wonderful times were enjoyed at the ranch by many who grew up in the Piedmont area. Fond memories will remain - prayers to you and your family.
Nancy (Cooper) Worth

Doreen Creed

Posted at 01:59pm
Deb and Family, Your mother was a delightful person. I always enjoyed it when your mom would come bouncing in with her latest news from the Piedmont area. Your mom brought so much attention to the many happenings taking place in the "Valley". No other reporter has since been able to accomplish what she did. She was such a go-getter whether it be as a news reporter or an entrepreneur. She did all this while being a loving mother, who made sure her daughters were able to enjoy their many activities and grow. I'm sorry for your loss. You have many great memories to remember.

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