Born in Mindoro, Wisconsin, Roberts was a train dispatcher and farmer. Later, Roberts served as a bank director. Roberts was rejected for military service during World War II, because of a heart problem, but help the war effort by being a train dispatcher and worked for 37 years. He became interested in public service when he took a course at what is now Winona State University. He served on the local school board.
From 1971 until 1985 and then from 1987 until 1993, Roberts served in the Wisconsin State Assembly (he was an unsuccessful nominee for the Wisconsin State Senate in the 1984 election). He died in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
- 'A Life Remembered Former legislator Roberts dies,' La Crosse Tribune, Chris Hubbuch, April 8, 2011, B1
- Obituary of Virgil Roberts, Dickinson Funeral Home
- Virgil Roberts, Wisconsin Historical Society
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