Obituary of Roy Luoma (1924 – 2021) – Resident of Berkeley, CA


Roy Luoma
October 5, 1924 – April 30, 2021
Resident of Walnut Creek & Chico, California
Roy Luoma passed away peacefully on April 30, 2021. Born October 5, 1924, he and his identical twin brother Bob, grew up in Berkeley. Graduated from Berkeley High School in 1943, he joined the Navy from which he was honorably discharged in 1946 as “Gunner’s Mate Third Class” based at Pier 33 in San Francisco and stationed at Base # 24 in Okinawa. He was predeceased by his parents, Eeli John and Anna Liisa Steine ​​Luoma, and brothers, Arne and Robert, son David “Lu” (2010) and daughter Christine “Chris” Sherfey (2018).
Roy met his lovely future wife, Hildegard Mertens, at a ball in Oakland, Calif. That preceded a lifetime of dancing together. He loved to tell how he knew that that night she would one day be his wife. Married on September 9, 1950, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2020.
Roy and Hilda bought their home on La Vista Road in the “Indian Valley” neighborhood of Walnut Creek in 1956, living there for 62 years with his wife, “Hilda” until they moved to Chico in 2017 to live there. get closer to their daughters Jill (VanderHeiden) and Tracey. He is also survived by his granddaughters Ashley (Nate) Carlascio and Brandy (Lee) Dodson as well as many nieces and nephews. He was a founding member of the Indian Valley Swim Club and could be counted on to donate time and energy to projects there. It was the neighborhood dad who took the kids to the pool in the back of his golden truck, then to the ice cream shop. As his children grew up, he would take them rafting, camping, snow skiing with the Boy Scouts, and water skiing in Lake Tahoe, leaving them with many family vacation memories.
A retired entrepreneur, he liked to analyze buildings in terms of structure and competence. A generous family man, he has spent countless hours renovating his home and that of his adult children. Before retiring, he remodeled many homes in his neighborhood of Walnut Creek and was very proud to have trained his son David to be a builder like him.
A former Alaskan fisherman, he enjoyed fishing with friends in San Francisco Bay. Both a 49er and SF Giants fan, he shared his love for the sport, taking his family members to games and teaching them the game. He was an eternal problem solver, creating solutions to little almost anything you could think of. In his later years, you’ll find him joining Sirs Investment Group, watching a game, and doing crossword puzzles or word searches. He was a tireless optimist, sure the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Award would come at any time.
He had many favorite sayings that the family will always remember, such as “Save your money”, “I’m so hungry, my stomach thinks I’ve been slaughtered” and “Here is your hat and your coat, must you be there.” go ? Knowing their importance, Grandfather-Husband-Father loved spending time with his family, sharing bits of wisdom and experience; he was lively and loving until the end.
Arrangements have been made by the Angels Chapel Mortuary in Grass Valley. Family members celebrated her life at Tracey’s on what would have been her 97th birthday, October 5, 2021. In lieu of flowers or sympathy, please share a memory of Roy with someone.

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Published by East Bay Times on October 17, 2021.


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