Roy Joseph Robicheaux, Jr. was born on October 11, 1933 at the Imperial County Hospital in El, Centro, California at 5:35 A.M. His Father’s name was Roy Joseph Robicheaux, Sr. ., age 25 from Louisiana. His Mother’s Name was Catherine Harris, age 17, from Texas and at the time of Roy’s birth they resided in Holtville, California. When Roy was 2 years old his Mother took him and fled. After running and moving around for many years she finally settled in Iriann, Texas. Roy attended his High School years there. Roy was very active in School sports, such as Track and Football. His favorite activity was playing Football and during his sophomore year he was being scouted for recruitment. Due to overwhelming difficulties from his Mother, Roy quit school and joined the Navy during his Jr. Year of High School. While stationed in San Diego, California, (a Nephew of Roy Sr.’s who was also stationed in San Diego) saw Roy Jr.’s name on the Navy Roster and contacted his Uncle Roy. He, Roy Sr., then drove to San Diego Naval Base and found Roy J. this was the first time they had seen each other in 16 years. He then also found out he had two sisters, Karen and Judy Robicheaux. They threw a party (with cake and Gifts) for Roy, Jr., for his 19th birthday. This was the first time anyone had ever thrown a party for Roy, Jr. Roy served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1952-1955. He was very proud of his service in the Armed Forces. Roy received an early medical discharge from the Navy, to come back to the states, to care for his Mother who had been in a very serious automobile accident in Cortez, Colorado. It was then and there he met the love of his life Thelma Ruth Cramer. They were united in marriage on June 20th, 1957. They embarked on their life together, spending time and working in Cortez, Co., Hobbs, NM., Oklahoma City, Ok., and Wink, Texas. Roy was an oilfield truck driver and they moved where the work was.
It was during those years that they were blessed with six children. Catherine Jeannine- Born in Cortez, Colorado, Daisy Darlene- Born in Laverne, Oklahoma, Robert (Bobby) Roy- Born in Beaver, Oklahoma, Rhonda Ruth- Born in Beaver, Oklahoma, Carol Jean and Gerald Dean (twins) – Born in Beaver, Oklahoma.In 1965 Roy, Thelma, Catherine, and Darlene moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Roy worked on the Alaskan offshore pipeline drilling rigs for 1 year. They moved back to Beaver to care for Thelma’s brother, Gale. After his death they plus Bobby Roy, moved back to Alaska for another year. Upon returning to Beaver in 1968 Roy continued to work in the oilfield either on the drilling rigs or driving a truck. He worked for Zenith Drilling Co., Nichols Water Service, Arkhoma, Howard Drilling Company, and Bennett Construction before retiring in 2005 to care for his wife, Thelma. Roy was very diligent in his care for Thelma for many years prior to her death.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; His son-Bobby; and his beloved wife, Thelma.
Roy departed this life peacefully in his sleep on September 25th after having some heart problems.
He is survived by his Daughter Catherine and Husband, Billy Westenhaver of Beaver, Oklahoma, Daughter, Darlene Porter, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Daughter, Rhonda Prather, and husband, Jeff of Mooreland, Oklahoma, Daughter Carol Romesburg and her husband, Kirk of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Son Gerald Robicheaux, of Greely, Colorado; Fourteen Granddaughters; Two Grandsons; and eighteen Great-Grandchildren; Sisters Karen and Judy of San Bernadino, Ca.; and a host of other relatives and friends