Roy Seher

March 12, 1923 -- Sept. 29, 2011

Roy passed away at his home in Hydesville, on Thursday, Sept. 29. He was born in Fresno, Calif., to Jacob and Margaret Seher on March 12, 1923.

Roy quit high school his senior year to join the Army. He enlisted on Dec. 27, 1941, just 20 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He felt it was his duty to help defend his country. He was assigned to the Army Air Corps, 39th Fighter Squadron as a crew chief on fighter airplanes. He spent the major portion of his enlistment in New Guinea.

In his lifetime he held a wide variety of jobs in the timber industry. He was also employed in highway construction, and as a self employed metal fabricator, and had a road-side, brush-cutting business. He was a volunteer in the Fortuna Fire Dept., Co. 4 Hydesville, and a member of the VFW and of the North Coast Vintage Aviation Society. His long time passion was the 39th Fighter Squadron Association. He served as their president, secretary and treasurer and volunteer historian. He enjoyed attending reunions all over the U.S. and reconnecting with his buddies and swapping war stories. When he mastered email, it became easier to maintain a network of old and dear friends.

Roy was loved and cared for by his wife of 47 years, Pat Robinson Seher; son, Brad and wife Kristy; and his special granddaughter, Aly. He is also survived by his son, David and wife Kathy, daughter Pam and son Paul. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Josh and Amanda; great-granddaughter, Skye; sister, Lillian; and many nieces and nephews and his special sister-in-laws, Madge Seher and Mary Ann Seher .

Roy was predeceased by his mother and father; siblings, Ray, Clara, Eddie, Jake, Walt, Clarence and Floyd; and granddaughter, Brandi.

Roy's family would like to thank his long-time friend Doug Coleman for coming to visit him so regularly. Also, our special thanks to his Hospice care givers: Tracy H, Chris, David and Joanie -- you were all here when we needed you. Thanks also to Kristen, Catherine and Carly for venturing out in the middle of the night to care for him.

You are invited to attend graveside services at Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka on Friday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. There will be a gathering at the Fortuna Fire Hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Hospice of Humboldt, 2010 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, 95501 or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Goble's Fortuna Mortuary.