Gale Roberts

Gale Wyatt Roberts, age 79, passed from this life on April 1, 2023. He was born in Elkmont, Alabama on April 10, 1943 to Joseph W. and Annie Lee Birdsong Roberts. His family then moved to Cedar City, Utah in 1946. It was in Cedar that Gale was raised and spent most of his life. He was proud to grow up in “Dog Town” and claimed that title his entire life. He graduated from Cedar High School in 1961 where he excelled at track. Shortly after graduating high school, Gale moved to Salt Lake and attended Stevens-Henagar College. He moved to Oregon for a few years before returning home to Cedar. He met the love of his life and eternal companion, Lana Topham, and they were married on August 6, 1973. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George Temple. He and Lana were faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and later served a mission at the Home Storage Center.
After Gale and Lana were married, they managed the Zion Motel for several years. Gale then spent the remainder of his working years in the grocery industry working for Albertsons and Fresh Market. This is where Gale formed long lasting friendships and relationships with co-workers, and customers alike. In fact, everyone in town seemed to always know him as the tall guy who worked at Albertsons. He loved seeing the daily and weekly customers as he managed the front end of the store and also worked as a cashier.
Gale was an avid bowler and golfer. He bowled in various leagues until his last back surgery. He then turned to golf and could be found on the golf course 5 days a week after retiring. He met new friends on the course and after his physical health forced him off the course, he missed those friendships dearly. He was a true sports fan and would watch just about anything on TV. However, he especially loved baseball and his New York Yankees. If he wasn’t watching sports, he could always be found talking sports with his kids.
Gale loved his family deeply and was extremely proud of each of his children. He will be missed by his loving wife, Lana; his children, Allan (Stephanie) Roberts; Jeff (Danielle) Roberts; Stacie (Ryan) Peterson; Tennile (Jeramy) Manwaring; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and his brother Wayne Roberts. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services for Gale will be held Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 11:00 am. Viewings will be held Friday, April 7th from 6:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, April 8th from 9:30-10:30 am at the Rock Church, 75 E Center, Cedar City UT. Burial will be in the Paragonah Cemetery under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers from Zion’s Way Home Health and Hospice-Cedar City for the care shown to Gale. A special acknowledgment to Anna for the service and compassion that she gave to Gale.



  1. Gloria Miller April 4, 2023 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Gale was one of my favorite people. I loved working with him. Sending hugs and prayers to Lana and her family.

  2. V. Blaine Cutler April 4, 2023 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Gale & I hope back to grade school in Cedar city. My memories are many of our playing little league baseball, football, basketball, football & track at Cedar High. You’ll be missed my good friend. I’m sure I’ll see you again before to long. Bye for now.

  3. McClain & Kareen Bybee April 4, 2023 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    We wish Gale’s family peace and comfort at this time of Gale’s passing. I remember him well during our Junior High School and High School days in Cedar City. The Zion Motel bordered the north side of my Grandparents’ home on Main Street (Hwy 91) in Cedar City. I remember Gale managing the motel. Gale was always warm and friendly in his greetings. He had a wonderful smile. He will be missed.

  4. Linda Macfarlane April 4, 2023 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I remember Gail from elementary school so very well. He was so very nice to me. I’ve never forgotten his little gifts and how kind he was. May his family have peace in knowing they will see him again.

  5. Wally and lynette April 5, 2023 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Wally and nette orton is sorry to hear of his passing we loved visiting with him at Albertsons when we got our supplies for our B&B. In tropic he was always so helpful to the family he was a friend and so helpful to so many.

  6. Lou Ann Savage April 5, 2023 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear of Gale’s passing.
    He was a great coworker!!
    If you knew Gale you loved him! After the store closed I lived running to to Gale and Lana around town.
    He will be missed. Love, Mike and Lou Ann Savage

  7. Kenny and Victoria Williams April 8, 2023 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Gale was a great guy, very friendly whenever we saw him in Albertsons, we will miss his bright and smiling face. Our prayers and well wishes go out to his family at this time of grief. Our love, Kenny and Victoria Williams

  8. Bill Nelson May 1, 2023 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear of Gales passing and even sorrier I missed his services.. He was the first boss I ever had as Albertsons was my very first job.. He was very fair and had a great attitude and sense of humor.. He carried himself with grace and was a stern boss but fair, always fair.. Everyone in town knew him, but we all got to hang out with him during down time and he was a great storyteller… I will miss him, my best to his family..

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