Pembroke – Roy E. Annis, 88, a lifelong resident of Pembroke, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on May 17, 2013, at Pleasant View Center in Concord surrounded by his loving family.
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Born in Hooksett on Jan. 7, 1925, he was the son of the late Edwin Annis and Myrtle (Heselton) Annis of Pembroke.
He graduated from Portsmouth High School before enlisting to serve in World War II with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the South Pacific with Easy Company's second platoon, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star among many other recognitions.
He spent nearly 35 years at the Suncook Post Office, serving as rural mail carrier and postal clerk, as well as interim postmaster.
He was a member of the Pembroke Board of Selectmen, the Pembroke School Board, the Pembroke Planning Board and the Pembroke Budget Committee and a long-standing member of Mason's Jewell Lodge 94 as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
A loving husband and father, he was actively involved in his children's and grandchildren's lives. He will be remembered for his unconditional love of family, his compassion for others, his sense of honesty and fairness, and his love of country.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Madeline (Richard) Annis; and four children, Roy Annis and his wife, Michele, of Warner, Brenda Tilton and her husband, Bob, of Epsom, Tom Annis and his wife, Natasha, of Vietnam, and Tammy Boucher and her husband, Steve, of Pembroke.
In addition, he leaves five grandchildren, Joshua Annis and his wife, Tina, of Concord, Jamie Tilton of Epsom, Cheyenne and Cove Boucher of Pembroke, and Zarina Annis of Vietnam; as well as two great-grandchildren, Paige and Roy Annis of Concord.
He also leaves one sister, Doris Brooks of Washington state, and was predeceased by two sisters, Edith Argereow of Portsmouth and Pearl Stewart of Maine, as well as two brothers, Floyd Annis of Epping and Paul "Tage" Annis of Pembroke.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Petit Funeral Home on Main Street in Pembroke. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church on Main Street in Allenstown, followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery on Buck Street. Following burial, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Annis residence at 226 Buck St. in Pembroke.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
, 5 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201, Bedford 03110.
Petit Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements and offers an online guestbook at petitfuneralhome.com.
Petit Funeral Home
167 Main Street Pembroke, NH 03275
Published in The Concord Monitor on May 20, 2013