Andrew Robert Roby
Longtime Soldotna resident Andrew Robert Roby Sr. died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005 at his home. He was 90.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at the Masonic Temple in Soldotna. Jim Gattenby will officiate. Following the service, Mr. Roby will be laid to rest next to his wife, Rosa, at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. Military honors will be provided by V.F.W. Post No. 10046 and American Legion Post No. 20. A reception will follow the graveside service at the Masonic Temple.
Mr. Roby was born Sept. 23, 1914, in Dallas. He served in the Texas National Guard for several years before he entered the U.S. Navy at age 28 to serve during World War II. He became a CB 41, carpenter mate first class and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Mr. Roby worked for 31 years as a steam fitter at various locations, including the Hungry Horse Dam in Montana, the Hanford Atomic Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash., the Tacanite Iron Ore Processing Plant in Minnesota and additional nuclear plants in Oregon, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Mr. Roby worked in Sitka for two years starting in 1959. After the earthquake in 1964 he worked at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. Mr. Roby retired in 1979 and was a member of Local No. 367 for 55 years. Mr. Roby believed in supporting the Shriners; especially the Shriner's Children's Hospital.
"Although, he traveled the world, it was Alaska that held his heart," his family said.
Mr. Roby was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Lee (Robinson) Roby.
He is survived by his stepdaughter, Nelda Holman of Midland, Texas; son, Andrew Robert Roby Jr. of Portland, Ore.; son and daughter-in-law, Dan Roby and Jane Dullum of Soldotna; daughter, Leah Roby of Portland; grandson, Andrew Robert Roby III of Blachley, Ore.; granddaughter, Angela Laine Roby of Portland; great-grandson, Gideon Roby of Blachley; great-granddaughter, Kira Roby of Blachley; and numerous nieces and nephews in Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Roby's memory to the Shriner's Children's Hospital of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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