Obituary of Robert Lee Caris |

Obituary of Robert Lee Caris

Robert Lee Caris passed away on December 16, 2015 at home in Rough and Ready.

Memorial services for Robert Lee Caris of Rough and Ready will be at 10 a.m., January 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 615 Hollow Way, Nevada City.

Robert was born October 4, 1923 in Garrettsville, Ohio to Richard Hopkins and Ada Rice Farrington.

Robert Lee Caris married Betty Lou Fritz October 7, 1944 in Hondo, Texas and she traveled for the next twenty-one years with her husband as he served in the United States Air Force. He retired at the rank of Major at McClellan Air Force Base.

Robert served as an aircraft mechanic in White Horse, Yukon Territory. He was then commissioned as a navigator, with duty in England in B-24s with bombing missions over Germany. On return to the United States in 1945 he graduated from pilot training. He flew over 50 missions in Korea from January 13, 1953. Robert Caris was awarded the distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 4 bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, earned 3 bronze service stars for battle campaign participation, and flew 62 combat missions with 223 combat hours.

He was the owner of Sierra Nevada Insurance in Grass Valley, CA. He sold that business to care for his beloved wife Betty until her death December 1, 2003.

Robert is survived by his brothers Jerry Hopkins and Daniel Edward Caris; sister Ada Mae Galgozy. He is also survived by his children Robert James Caris of Nevada, Diana Lewis of Grass Valley and Patricia Ann Caris of Cedar Ridge. He has 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his sister Betty Wilson of Ohio.

No flowers please, a donation to Hospice is preferred.

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