Mike’s charismatic charm and wit, beautiful music, loyal friendship, and the twinkle in his eye will be missed by all of us, live on in our memories forever.
  • 54 years old
  • Born on December 13, 1957 in Crystal Falls, Michigan, United States.
  • Passed away on August 11, 2012 .

Michael Stephen Roberts, born on December 13, 1957, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the age of 54.

Mike was born in Crystal Falls, Michigan to Helen and John Roberts.  He came of age in Florence, Wisconsin, and graduated from Florence High School in the Class of 1976. 

Mike’s passion in life was music.  He received his first guitar at the age of 9, which began his journey of becoming a brilliant, self taught musical talent.  He spent many years in the 1980’s playing guitar in bands in Wisconsin, culminating in several years working as a full-time musician Nashville with the Animal Band.

Mike shifted career gears in the 1990’s and studied to become a licensed insurance agent.  He was a successful Sales Agent in the State of Minnesota and later worked as a Regional Manager in Washington and Arizona, for Physician’s Mutual Insurance Company. 

For the past several years Mike lived in Tacoma, Washington and followed his Father’s footsteps, working as a licensed electrician and owner of A-1 Electric Company.

Preceded in death by his Parents, beloved and cherished Mother, Helen Pauline (Swenski) Roberts and Father, John (Bud) Daniel Roberts, Friend and Brother-in-law, Ernie McCraw; survived by Best Friends and Sisters Linda McCraw and Juli Stockberger, Best Friend and Brother John Roberts, Big Brother Jim Roberts,  adored Nieces Jordan, Morgan and Shayne Stockberger, Gina (McCraw) Glowaty, Tara (McCraw) Lutz, Jenny Roberts, Lisa Roberts, Carrie (Roberts) Jones; cherished Nephews Jason Roberts and Joseph Roberts, and Brother-In-Law and former business associate, John Stockberger.   He is also survived by his lifelong friends Dave McCraw and Brent DallaGrana, who he also considered to be his Brothers, along with many other close friends who will share our sadness of his passing.  

Mike’s charismatic charm and wit, beautiful music, loyal friendship, and the twinkle in his eye will be missed by all of us, live on in our memories forever.

*A celebration of Mike is being planned for Saturday, September 22nd at 4:00 PM,  at The Keyes Peak Ski Lodge in Florence, Wisconsin. 

Please take a moment to share your thoughts, memories and love for our dear Mike.

 *new date, time and location

Posted by Linda McCraw on 13th December 2014
My thoughts are with you today Mike and I miss you every day! I believe that Mom, Ernie and you are having a good laugh together! Your Memorial Ski Race is all set for Jan. 31. 2015! Happy Birthday Mike!
Posted by Linda McCraw on 13th December 2013
I miss you Mike! I think of you every time I see a band perform, whenever I listen to great music and every time I, or anyone has a Popsicle. This summer I went to a Blues concert and the guitarist reminded me so much of you, I felt like it WAS you playing for me. The last song he played and sang Mustang Sally, then I knew it was you just for that moment... I will never get over loosing you, but I know you are in gods arms and your ok. I love you Brother.
Posted by Juli Stockberger on 12th August 2013
Yo, Miko! A year has gone by and I think of you every day, miss you every day. I know you are in God's loving arms and having coffee with Ma. I know you are at peace and have everlasting and unconditional love, as you so deserve. All my love to you, Jules.
Posted by Edd Jones on 2nd February 2013
I am really sad to hear about cousin Mike. I will always remember the times we went to Florence around the 4th of July to visit Aunt Helen Uncle Bud and our cousins Jim, Linda, John, Mike and Julie. Our condolences to all my cousins and there families...Love to you...Cousin Edd & Karen Jones
Posted by Linda McCraw on 13th December 2012
You are in my heart always. I am thinking of you today on your 55th birthday and missing you. I love you brother. Linda Roberts McCraw
Posted by Jeff Waite on 22nd September 2012
Will miss the look on Mikes face every time I let him take my Harley for the day, Enjoyed seeing the joy it brought him. I will see you again cousin.
Posted by Kathy Neuens on 21st September 2012
One of my first memories of Michael was at his house he was just a toddler (I was there with Linda) I went in to the kitchen to say hi & Helen was at the sink & he was clinging to her skirt. I ran into him several years ago when he came back to Florence for a visit, I didn't recognize him, but he knew I was a Rochon, one of Jerry's sister we had such a great visit, he was so handsome &
Posted by Kathy Neuens on 21st September 2012
continued-kind. I could tell how passionate he was with his music, he had such a gentle spirit. My heart goes out to Linda, John, Julie & Jim will continue to keep you all in thoughts & prayers. Kathy Neuens
Posted by Dave McCraw on 2nd September 2012
To me Mike was family. I feel so very fortunate to have known Mike over the years as he has always been a true friend that I will miss dearly. My heart goes out to Mike’s family and all of those who knew and loved him.
Posted by Julie McLain on 31st August 2012
I went to Florence High with Mike and we kept in touch here and there through the years,mostly online, he was a true friend for life and a wonderful man!! I remember going to his gigs and having a blast!! He was an incredible musician! Loved his quiet spirit and true compassion!! Sincere sympathies to all the family and friends of Mike Roberts! Great pic's! Much Love! Julie Kolberg McLain
Posted by Jenny Roberts on 31st August 2012
Uncle Mike you will forever be loved and missed by all of us :)
Posted by Brent DallaGrana on 23rd August 2012
Mike was a Great Guy and Best Friend. I remember as kids we would play at his house and wrestle with John, poor Helen. The great times we had at the Ski Hill. For a while we would hook up at Harolds Bushes almost every morning before school. I remember going to Iron Mt. with Mike to band practice with Bill Martin and the boys. Mike was one of the the best self taught musicians there was
Posted by Brent DallaGrana on 23rd August 2012
(Continued) Back then we all had nick names, Mike's was MR. After High School, Mike and I along with a few others with the help of his brother Jim took off to Seattle to take on the world. Those were some great times. From there we all went our separate ways, but Mike and I always stayed in touch. Over the years our paths would cross many times.
Posted by Brent DallaGrana on 23rd August 2012
(Continued) It was always like a good song, our friendship never skipped a beat. I will truly miss Mike and my heart goes out to Jim, Linda, John and Julie
Posted by Lori Moore on 22nd August 2012
Mike's smiling face and musical talent will be sadly missed by all that ever had the privilege to call him "Friend". We will forever visit our memories for the smile that lit our hearts and the music that filled our ears. Gone but never forgotten ♥ Marty and Lori Moore
Posted by Craig Phillips on 19th August 2012
I lived with Mike in Nashville. Laughed a lot with him. Straight up GREAT guy!! I'll miss you BUDDY! Hope to jam with you when my time comes.
Posted by Alice Roberts Borowiec on 19th August 2012
Being a much older cousin, I didn't get to know Mike and wish I'd had that opportunity as it sounds like he was just a great guy. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to my cousins, Mike's siblings. I am so very sorry and will keep Mike and all of you in my prayers. I see a very strong resemblance to his Dad in the photos...Uncle "Bud" was such a loving, teasing presence in my childhood.
Posted by Stewart Crockett on 18th August 2012
Mike was a great friend of mine and a neighbor for 6 years.. Always willing to help and listen.. I used to sit up and listen to him jam on his guitar for hours.. We had a few jam sessions together and he came to many of my shows.. I will always remember Mike for his kindness.. The world has truly lost a great MUSICIAN!!! We love you Mike. Always and forever...
Posted by Glenn Bengry on 17th August 2012
I had only in the last few years connected to many of my Polish cousins. Very few of us had gotten to grow up together, so when I created a Swenski Cousins page on Facebook, it was like a miracle for so many of us to share our stories and photos and be family again. I had so wanted to be able to get to hang with Mike(with all of them, really). Mike was the one who was afflicted with the music bles
Posted by Glenn Bengry on 17th August 2012
(continued)blessing/curse just like me. I won't have that chance any longer. But it makes the bonds between the rest of the family that much more important. I really had no idea it would hit me this hard
Posted by Glenn Bengry on 17th August 2012
The only time I ever met my Roberts cousins was when they visited around 1970, John, Mike and I slept(or not) on the floor in the living rm. We laughed all night. John says to my mum the next day, "Sorry Aunt Marie, but we were just full of Jokes." one of the greatest Swenski family moments of my life.
Posted by Mary Hendrickson on 17th August 2012
Although my memories of Mike were from many years ago, I will never forget how much I enjoyed our conversations. He seemed to always have a positive spin on things and was full of vision for what he wanted from life. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Heaven has gained a wonderful man! My thoughts and prayers are with you, Juli.
Posted by Elin Leck on 16th August 2012
The Guitarman. Mike's passion for music was unsurpassed. His talent was even greater. So many wonderful memories. I will miss him dearly. With all my love. Elin
Posted by Shari Fleming on 16th August 2012
Every moment I spent with Mike was full of life and laughter. He had those darling eyes and when he smiled the whole world smiled with him. Mikey was so charismatic. Always a gentleman. And could not have been a more lovely person. We will all miss him dearly.
Posted by Beth Douglas on 15th August 2012
What a nice memorial. Peace be with you. With love, cousin Beth Bengry Douglas

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