Roger Norman Lewis
3/9/1934 - 6/1/2013
Roger Norman Lewis-loving, supportive husband of nearly 55 years, adored father and grandfather, a man who was honest, caring, gentle and fun-passed away in Colfax, California, on June 1. He had been living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," for nearly three years and died peacefully at home under family care.
Roger was born March 9, 1934 in Medical Lake, Washington, the first of three sons of George and Alice Lewis, of Gresham, Oregon, where he grew up. After graduating from Gresham Union High School in 1952, he put himself through Oregon State College (now University) and received a bachelor degree in chemistry in 1956 and a masters in 1958. There he met Elizabeth Ann House, and they were married in 1958 and would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on June 22.
His first job as a chemist was with Georgia Pacific Lumber in Portland. He and Ann then moved to California to work for Shell Chemical in Martinez, Cal. Later, he worked for Witco Chemical for 33 years, mostly in Richmond, Cal., followed by 6 years in Marshall, Texas. The family lived mostly in Pinole and Martinez. Roger retired in 1996 and he and Ann returned to California and built a house in Colfax, where they valiantly grew Japanese maples, rhododendrons and roses. He played golf in many places, but considered Black Oak Golf Course his home course, where he was a member of California Sons In Retirement, Branch 79. In Colfax he was active in the historical society, the community center, and, most importantly to him, the Colfax United Methodist Church. He enjoyed family camping trips to Calaveras Big Trees and Armstrong Redwoods, and later in life took regular vacations and many hikes near Ft. Bragg and at Salmon Lake in the Lakes Basin.
Roger is survived by his wife Ann Lewis (of Colfax); three children: son Robin (and wife Lynne Tuft, of Napa); daughter Dana Landers (of Auburn, with granddaughters Shannan, of Auburn, and Sarah, of Grand Junction, Colorado), and son Scott (and wife Michelle and grandsons Andrew and Matthew, of West Linn, Oregon); his two brothers Dwayne (with wife Erna, of Canby, Oregon) and Paul (with wife Anna, of Gresham, Oregon), as well as many nieces, nephews and close in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents and, in 1964, an infant son Joel David.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 21 at 11 a.m. at the Colfax Methodist Church (59 W. Church Street).