Wilbur "Roy" Brewer, Jr., 66, of Cedar Lake, Indiana, went to hang out with his friends and family in the sky on April 27, 2021. He was born June 5, 1954, at his aunt and uncle's house in Cedar Lake. He graduated from Lowell High School in 1972, where he was active in track and cross country and participated in the vocational education and U.S. Air Force ROTC programs. Wilbur briefly worked at Inland Steel before serving in the U.S. Army from 1974-1978, where he was stationed in Alaska. He later became an employee of Mason Corporation, where he worked until retirement.
Wilbur was a skilled woodsman who loved the outdoors, and fishing was one of his favorite activities. He played in softball leagues for several years. He enjoyed golf, horseshoes, cards, pool, and buying scratch-off lottery tickets. Wilbur was a great cook, known for his delicious deviled eggs, kabobs, and chili, and you could often find him grilling outside or in his house making a feast for whoever would swing by.
Wilbur was a member of the American Legion for 43 years, AmVets, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Cedar Lake. He had a heart of gold and was a gentle soul. He would shave his head for fundraising events for pediatric cancer patients at St. Baldrick’s Foundation, completed American Heart Association walks to raise money and awareness in support of a friend who was a heart transplant recipient, and would stand on corners collecting for other organizations and charities he was passionate about. He gave his all and was a genuine, thoughtful, one-of-a-kind type of person. Everyone who knew him, loved him (especially the ladies).
Though he never had any children of his own, every child he encountered were his kids and he loved them dearly. Some of his “kids” are grown now with children of their own, but still remember the Popsicles and pop in the summer and playing under the watchful eye of “Uncle Wilbur.”
Wilbur was preceded in death by his father and mother, Wilbur L. Brewer Sr., and Martha L. (Brent) Brewer. He is survived by his sisters Luella (Steve) Swarens, Christine (John III) Atwood, Dorothy (Carl) Eich, and Michelle (David) Reimer, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Wilbur is also survived by his closest friends June and Bill Coppage (June often referred to him as her “second husband”); Terry Matury, Nick Schickle, Hank Sichterman, and many more friends and neighbors who all loved and cared for him. Let’s not forget the cat he claimed to hate but loved so much, Psycho Kitty.
Visitation will be held Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Castle Hill Funeral Home, 1219 Sheffield Ave., in Dyer. After the visitation, a celebration of life will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Cedar Lake, starting at 5:30 p.m. and lasting until they kick us all out.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Transitions Health Hospice, 1229 Arrowhead Court, Crown Point, Indiana 46307.
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