April 14, 1931 - February 2, 2018
Born in Dona Ana, New Mexico
Resided in Salinas, California
Roy was born on April 14, 1931, in Doña Ana, New Mexico. He joined the US Army on October 1948 and served his country loyally until his retirement on May 31, 1976, at Fort Ord, California. During his impressive 27 year Army career, he served two tours in Vietnam. His numerous decoration and service medals included the Silver Star, Bronze Star with V device for valor during combat and one oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart with three oak leaf clusters, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Air Medal (Vietnam), Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army of Occupation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters. Roy was a life member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association, Disabled American Veterans, Elk’s Lodge 641, and American Legion Post 31.
Following his military retirement, Roy spent 20 years working as a carrier for the US Postal Service, delivering mail and making many friends in Seaside, California. He and his wife traveled the world together, including cruises around the Caribbean and down the rivers in Russia. They also traveled all over Europe, including a whirlwind tour of Germany, France, and Italy with his adult children. Roy and his wife maintained a summer home in Clearlake, California, and enjoyed many extended vacations there over the years.
Roy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marianne Bauer Reyes, of Salinas, California; son, Robert R. Reyes and wife Mary Jane of Lorton, Virginia; son, Michael A. Reyes and wife Brenda of Carmichael, California; daughter, Rita Ann Petersen and husband Colonel Kenneth Petersen, USMC Retired, of Salinas, California. He was blessed with two grandchildren: Captain William M. Reyes, West Virginia Army National Guard, and his wife Gelila, of Savannah, Georgia; and McKenna Petersen, of Salinas, California. He is also survived by one sister, Eva Minjares of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and one brother, Senon Reyes, of Doña Ana, New Mexico. He was pre-deceased by his father, Vicente Reyes, his mother, Apolonia Cuaron Reyes, and four brothers: Arnulfo, Vicente Jr., Teodoro, and Gregorio Reyes.
Roy leaves a legacy of love and a generous and caring heart for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
At Roy's request, there will be no viewing or religious service. A private interment is planned at the Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Salinas, California. Donations in his honor may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (https://www.themmrf.org).
Salinas, CA US 93901