Originally Published: November 8, 2018 7:57 p.m.
Daniel Huband Roberts, 97, passed away on Nov. 6, 2018, at Fort Whipple VA Hospital in Prescott, Arizona, with his niece, Cara Furio and nephew, Harry Boynton by his side. Dan was born October 10, 1921, in Springfield, Vermont.
Dan lived and went to school in the Springfield area until he joined the AirCorp at Rutland, Vermont, Oct. 11, 1940. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands and fought in the Battle of Bataan. After the surrender of Bataan, he and three other soldiers tried to escape from the Japanese on Bataan and were captured at sea by the Japanese. Dan was held as a P.O.W. by the Japanese at Billibid Prison and Cabanatuan, in the Philippines, and at the Mukden Prison Camp in Manchuria. He was a P.O.W. under the Japanese for three and half years. After the surrender of the Japanese in August 1945, he returned home to Vermont.
Upon his return home, Dan met and married Dorothy Johnson of Barnet, Vermont. In the spring of 1948 Dan and his wife moved to Wrangell, Alaska. While in Alaska he worked in various enterprises: As an Agent for the Odom Company, he had interest in Real Estate, worked for the B.I.A., and worked for Ellis Airline as an agent in Wrangell. Dan established a Marine Sales & Service business called “The Bay Company,” which he operated until 1982. When he sold that business he established a Fishing Charter business, which he ran until 1994, when Dan moved to Arizona. Dan’s favorite hobbies were fishing, hunting and golfing, and he liked to see the horses run.
Dan is predeceased by his siblings. He is survived by several nieces, nephews and extended family.
A Memorial Service will be held at Fort Whipple VA Chapel bldg. 152, 500 N. Highway 89, Prescott, Arizona, on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at 10 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Homes and Crematory. Please visit www.ruffnerwakelin.com to sign the online guestbook and share a memory with the family.
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