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Roy Earl Lewis passed away peacefully on January 15, 2023, at the age of 87.
Roy was born in Texas and raised by his grandparents in a Christian home. He attended and participated in the Church of Christ throughout his life. His upbringing with his grandparents molded him into who he was. His grandmother (Granny) instilled a sense of caring for others in him because she would help feed anyone who came to her door. Roy always credits his grandfather for teaching him everything he knows. He always said, “I owe everything to my grandfather for teaching me many things.” His grandfather gave him the nickname of “Skeeter”.
At the age of 17, Roy joined the Marine Corps and served in active duty in Korea. During his time in the military, he was the mechanic, repairing and maintaining the washers and dryers. He had many stories to tell!
While on leave from duty, Roy met the love of his life, Roberta (Bertie). They were married soon thereafter and continued their adventures together for 62 years before her passing in 2018. They both had a love for each other above anything.
When Diana and Delores were accepted into their home, a family was born. At a young age, Diana cherished the many things they taught her: changing irrigation pipes in the orchard, driving tractors, driving the car on back roads at the age of 13, water skiing, bowling, roller skating, and above all else, how to truly love others. The girls, as they called them, were fortunate to have Roy baptize them into the Church of Christ, walk them down the wedding aisle, and provide advice on how to raise a family. The grandchildren were also fortunate to have Roy in their lives as they became adults. Austin followed in his footsteps and joined the military, serving in the Army, because he looked up to his grandpa.
Roy accomplished more than one person could in a lifetime and was non-stop up until just three months before his passing, even with many medical issues throughout his life, He lived life to the fullest, and for this reason his family’s nickname for him was “Superman”.
He started working at the age of 12 and bought his first car at the age of 13. While working, he still had fun. He even built his own water-skiing boat to go out with friends. Over the years, he settled in to work as a mechanic for over 50 years, because he could fix anything and was happy to help others who had needs. While working full time as a mechanic, he also maintained his prune orchard in Red Bluff, where he lived for over 45 years.
Roy enjoyed helping others, traveling, drumming in a band, waterskiing, bowling, raising champion pygmy goats, building remote control airplanes, cutting firewood, and spending time with his family. Over the years, Roy and Roberta found time to take many memorable trips in their motorhome which was the highlight of his life.
Roy was a very compassionate person who would help whomever would seek his advice. He would often tell stories of his experiences while travelling, his time in the military, and his life adventures with his friends and family.
Roy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be remembered with the same love and care that he gave to us.
He is survived by his loving daughter Diana, her husband Tom, and their three children, Sarah, Austin, and Paige, and three great grandchildren Ayla, Adalyn, and Amelia.
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