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6651. Photo Gerald Gordon Roberts was born on 5 Oct 1919 in Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas. He died on 31 Dec 2004 in Abilene, Dickinson County, Kansas.

From the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame website: "Gerald Roberts of Strong City, Kansas was a two-time all-around World Champion cowboy and may be the greatest rodeo champion in Kansas history. He was crowned as the North American All-Around champion in 1950 and was the World Champion All-Around cowboy in 1942 and 1948. Roberts was a member of the rodeo-famous Roberts family who initiated the Flinthills Rodeo in Strong City in 1937. His older brother, Ken Roberts, was a world champion bull rider in 1943, 1944 and 1945, and his older sister, Marg Roberts, was also a world-class bronc rider and trick rider. The Strong City rodeo turned into a world-class event, with over 20,000 people annually attending. Roberts won the individual and all-around championships in several of the top rodeos in the country, including Cheyenne, Wyoming; Reno, Nevada; Madison Square Garden and the San Francisco Cow Palace. He won 67 championship buckles in his career. Roberts also served as a stunt double for famous actors including Glenn Ford, Jack Lemon and Arthur Kennedy in several Western movies made in Hollywood. He was offered a role in the television series 'Rawhide' but turned it down to accept a chance to bring rodeo to the Olympics in Brussells. Inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1965 and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1990."

Gerald Gordon Roberts and Enes Torracas were married in 1938. Enes Torracas died in 1986 in Lancaster, California. Gerald Gordon Roberts and Enes Torracas had the following children:

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Laila Bennett Roberts.

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Claudette Roberts.

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Geraldine Roberts.

Gerald Gordon Roberts and Vivian Earls were married in 1949. Gerald Gordon Roberts and Vivian Earls had the following children:

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James Emmett Roberts.

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Kasey Dawn Roberts.

Gerald Gordon Roberts and Patricia Jae Hershberger were married in 1966.