He was known as Royce, Ross, Dad, My Love, Daddio, Papa and Pop. He was fun loving, a dreamer and sincere. He was our biggest fan and greatest cheerleader and he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Marguerite E. Tawney; sister, Bobbie G. Tawney-Gearing; and grandchildren, Courtney Tawney and Marisa Boe. The family wishes to thank the staff at Willow Creek Rehab Center, and extend our deepest gratitude to the staff at Carrington Point for making his last days peaceful and comfortable. Royce is survived by his wife of 19 years Dottie; his son Jeff Tawney; and Daughter Jill Boe; step-children, Diane Coelho, Doni Bowersox, Ginger Vernon, John Grabowski, and Chuck Wright. His grandchildren, Brittney Tawney-Lucero, Jared Tawney, Garrett Boe, Amy Ivanoff, John D. Coelho, Jeffrey Coelho, Ashley Coelho, Tim Bowersox, Sarah Bowersox, Emily Bowersox, Melissa Vernon, Robert Vernon, Elena Grabowski, David Wright, and Nichole Wright. Great-grandchildren, Hunter Lucero, Kylie Ivanoff, Brielle Ivanoff, Avery Coelho and Jackson Coelho. A Memorial Service will be held at Yost and Webb Funeral Home on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. Yost & Webb Funeral Home, 1002 T Street, Fresno, California (559)237-4147
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 6, 2013