Roy William Backes passed away July 24, 2014, in St. Augustine, Fla.. He was born July 3, 1933, in Evansville, Ind.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy Backes Sr. and Gertrude Backes, and wife, Dorcas Harris Backes.
Roy is survived by one sister, Maryann Cuilla, in New York, and a daughter, Rachel Wolf, in Iowa. Roy and Dorcas were married on Dec. 17, 1966.
Roy served in both the Army and Navy during Korea and Vietnam. He worked as a teacher and then an IRS agent. He had a lifelong passion for history.
A memorial mass will be held 9 a.m. Aug. 18 at St. Anastasia Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.