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Roy D. Newer -- Buffalo

December 17, 2018

Roy David Newer, a husband, minister, teacher, construction engineer, son, father and friend to many, passed from this life into eternity with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 4, 2018.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1926, in Kingfisher, Okla., and raised in Denver, Colo., before heading off to Sterling College in Kansas. It was there that he met and married his dear wife, E. Roberta McGill, who became his lifelong love until her death in 2017. Roy and Roberta had three children, Rebecca L. (Newer) Yarnes, Ruth E. (Newer) Vandal, and Roy David Newer II.

Roy pastored Presbyterian churches in Aledo, Ill., Rawlins and Torrington, Wyo., as well as Rochester. It was while in Rochester, that he attended seminary in Ames, Iowa. After 20+ years of preaching, Roy went back to college (Winona State University, Winona) to obtain his bachelor’s in Industrial Arts and his master’s in Psychology in order to become an Industrial Arts teacher at John Adams Jr. High, Rochester.

After 7 years of teaching (and enduring cutbacks), Roy took on a set of guest houses near the Mayo Clinic, renovated them and provided decent patient and family accommodations. With these skills, Roy took on renovation projects for friends and family for several years until it became too physically demanding.

Roy and Roberta eventually moved to Buffalo, and it is there that Roy passed away at Lake Ridge Nursing Home. Roy had a brother and sister, Charles Svoboda and Catherine Svoboda, who preceded him in death and a younger sister, Agnes Falconer, who still lives in Castle Rock, Colo. He leaves three children, Rebecca of Buffalo, Ruth of Byron, and David of Mountain Home, Idaho; and seven grandchildren as well as a special “adopted” grandson, Justin Sherman, who lived with him and helped around the house for several years. There are also 14 great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Life services will be held Jan. 12, 2019, at Lake Ridge Nursing Home Chapel, 310 Lake Blvd S., Buffalo, MN 55313. A gather and greet will be at 10 a.m. and the service will be at 11 a.m. with reception afterwards at the same facility.

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