Roy Newman | Obituary

Roy Newman | Obituary

Roy Newman | Obituary

Roy passed away peacefully

at age 94 with his son and

daughter at his side on Sep.

16, 2020. He now joins his wife

Peggy, who passed away in

2012 (they were married for

62 years). They met and were

married in Clyde, Texas, in 1949.

Roy was born in Christiana,

Jamaica, on March 13, 1926.

At age 16 Roy joined the Royal

Air Force in England during World War II and assisted

with the loading of British bombers and gliders on

D-Day in 1944. In 1948 Roy came to the USA and

joined the US Army. In August, 1950, he was among

the first US troops sent to the Korean War, where he

was seriously wounded and was awarded the Purple

Heart. He was later part of the Field Artillery Battalion

that fired the first atomic projectile from an atomic

cannon in 1953 at Frenchman Flats, NV.

He served in the US Army as a Missile Radar Specialist

until 1964, and then he worked for the Department

of the Interior, the National Weather Service, and the

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

(NOAA) in the Seattle area, where he retired in 1990.

He and Peggy moved to Gold Beach on Vashon Island,

WA, where Roy was heavily involved in restoring and

showing Ford Mustangs.

Roy is survived by his son Dwight Newman (and wife

Debbie), daughter Diane Thompson (and husband

John), grandchildren Cory and Ryan Newman, Cyndi

and Steven Thompson, Will Kinson and Kim Jones, and

six great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to view photos and share memories

at Arrangements are entrusted to

Flintoft’s Funeral Home.

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