A true gentleman and friend, God Bless.
Roy was a real American Hero, a credit to the Marines, his family and his friends.
I am proud to have known Roy and pleased that I was able to publish his record in my book, Death Watch Beetle, A Historical Post WWII Spy Thriller, and on my web site http://deathwatchbeetle.net/vets2.html
Here is what it says about Roy;
Roy A. Elsner: Entered USMC 1943 in San Diego. Made Corporal March 1944. 27th MarReg, 4th MarDiv.
Attacked IWO JIMA , D Day, H Hour. Helped carry body of comrade John Basilone, CMH for burial on Day 2.
A mile from volcano & attacking main airfield when famous flag raising made on IWO JIMA.
Wounded in action 11th March 1945, lost tricep in left arm. Also head wound. Awarded Purple Heart with Star,
Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, WWII Victory Medal.
Dischargd as Cpl, 23 Feb 1946 Current age 89.
Often invited as a guest speaker on IWO JIMA.
His name is now in print for perpetuity and cannot be forgotten. Thanks for your service Roy and may you RIP!
David E Huntley-Author
An bright light in our lives is gone with your passing. You were a leader and a gentleman. Passover will never be the same for our families.
To live your life such that, at the end, no one is happy at your passing is the best a man can do. Roy was such a man. We all miss him and are sad at his passing, though we can celebrate his wonderful life.
It took me awhile to gather words worthy of a loving goodbye to one of my most favorite people I've ever met. It's so hard to say goodbye to the people we love. Roy, you gave me many gifts. You gave me wisdom when I needed it and advice when I asked. You always gave me cheerful smiles and good laughs. You understood when things weren't going my way and you cheered loudly when things went well. You emceed my wedding reception with flare. But the very most best thing you ever gave me was my best friend. Our friendship has waxed and waned at times, but it has endured for decades. So thank you most Roy, for giving life to Susan. She is so kind, loving and generous. My life would not have been the same without her. I will love and miss you and Essie forever.
I will never forget Roy and he remains in my thoughts. A true inspiration and embodiment of everything a man should live up to. I will always miss him.
I met Mr. And Mrs. Elsner after I became friends with their daughter Susan. Susan and I met at band school (Permian High). We became fast friends, and I was lucky enough to spend time at Susan's home. Her parents were the best. I had some red pants at that time, and Mr. Elsner always called me "Cindy red pants" He will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to Susan and Phil. Your father was a great man. My son and son-in-law serve in the military, of which I am very proud.Mr. Elsner was one of the "greats" serving our country, and our community. Love to the family??
Roy was my first employer, as I returned to Odessa from college and worked with him and Essie as they formed KQIP FM. He then encouraged me to use my skills as a staff member at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce where he was an active volunteer. After several years there, I then served several Texas local Chambers, returning to Odessa as their Chamber CEO, only to find that Roy was to become my Chairman of the Board. After retiring from the Chamber profession at the state Chamber in Austin, I made a list of outstanding community leaders I had worked with in my career, and Roy Elsner was very near the top of that list.
Roy Elsner was one of a kind; an gentleman who selflessly worked for the good of his family and his community; always seeing the good in everything and everybody. He helped make this world a better place.
It was a great privilege to have known him and work for him many, many, (and many) years ago.
Prayers to Phil and Susan and the Elsner family.
May his legacy continue on.
We offer our deepest condolences to the Elsner family in this difficult time. I enjoyed knowing Mr. Elsner and looked forward to seeing him at VM events and with Phil. He was fun, interesting and a delight to be around. He will be deeply missed.
Condolences to both Susan and Phil as well as all your immediate and extended families. I was honored to know Roy as the owner and GM of KQIP from 1980 to 1986. I started as an evening personality at age 21 after several years in radio of El Paso up and down the dial so to speak and lived at KQIP what in reality what was fictional in WKRP IN CINCINNATI on CBS. Roy and Essie were like the Carlson's, John Roman as Andy Travis, Rick Lane as Dr. Johnny Fever, our share of Les Nessman's in News and I starting on evenings as a similar Venus Flytrap albeit as THE HANDYMAN taken from the James Taylor song.
Like the series it was the little station that thought it could become a huge ratings winner - and under the teamwork of John Roman and Roy Elsner, it did. It became a number one station in several day parts and ratings books. But moreover, it was probably one of the most active community service stations in the Permian Basin. I was promoted to Mid Days later in 1980 where I served to the end of 1985. Roy taught me how to do news by rewriting newspaper stories and to the point where I could just look at the paper and reword in my head for a radio delivery style (much to the ire sometimes of the OA and MRT). It was a shoestring budget but Roy more than compensated those who stood with him in thick and thin.
Some of the top talent and names of the basin Media were cohosts of the Good Morning West Texas morning show hosted by John Roman and often Roy as cohost or contributor. The seconds included Woody Woodward, Ray Hennagir, Tim Grey, Channel 7, 9 and 2 personalities, news anchors and reporters among many others who were friends of Roy's over the decades. He had a special place in his heart working with the old guard in their later years coming into cut voice over commercials for various clients or agencies plus innovative live copy in the morning show and special times of the year.
I remember most Roy broadcasting live from the area cemeteries and war memorials on key days though not until writing my Master's Thesis in 1996 to 2001 and producing an oral history documentary on Roy did I learn he was a part of the GREATEST GENERATION serving in the Marines of WWII. I think my greatest gift back to Roy was that thesis and preserving his 78 RPM audition record along with highlighting his lifetime with KQIP, back to KECK and time in the Military. Also his love for broadcasting Permian Basin High School Football. From the Chamber Events to Editorials and campaigns like SAVE THE DUCKS of what I believe is now called MEMORIAL PARK at 42nd and Parkway the legacy lifetime of Roy Elsner is in Odessa/Midland and part of the hearts of thousands from the community and those on the air.
John Roman and I had the honor of adding Roy to the Arlington Historical Society World War II exhibit and special recording interviews with area Veterans in a special collection at the Fielder House Museum and in several libraries. We interviewed Roy in 2010 and marveled at his stories of basic training, shipping out, Iwo Jima, later hospitalizations, and returning home to audition at NBC Radio in New York before heading back to Chicago and Broadcasting School. I hope to preserve that recording as a gift to the UTPB Special Collections Department and in memory to Roy as a living memorial to one of the Basin's broadcast Pioneers.
We met often through the years in trips to Odessa or he to El Paso and since the 2007 when relocating to DFW. We talked often of the industry, held reunion lunches with John Roman and talked of those years fondly. Roy always seemed younger than his actual years. He still had the spark of planning projects and was a joy to know as a mentor, colleague and friend.
It was an Honor. Fair winds and following seas Marine.
To the Elsner Family,it was a great pleasure to have known Roy for the short time we did. He was a great American, A Great Marine, and a great Humanitarian. I know he was great father and grandfather, friend, and colleague to many. We know he will be reunited with his beloved wife Essie, brother, sister, and his parents.
The Marines loved Roy and Roy loved the Marines. We will miss his great voice and presence within the Marine Community. He will now be guarding "The Streets of Gold on Heaven's Scene" with the rest of the Marines. Godspeed Roy Elsner. We are proud to call you friend and Marine!!
Roy and Essie were titans in Odessa. Their support and encouragement launched many of us. Gem Meacham
Condolences Phil. What a kind man Mr. Elsner was. I can still hear his voice. Always with a kind word, whether I deserved it or not. We'll all miss him.
Mr. Elsner gave me my very first job at KQIP. I loved him dearly. He always remembered me...years later working at the Odessa American he would come in and always give me a hug...I would smell his cologne all day long. I will miss him very much...The nicest man I ever met. Rest in Peace, Mr. Elsner.
_Debra Williams Simpson
We shall surely miss Roy now that he's gone! What a blessing it has been to be welcomed into his family all these years! He has always made us feel welcome and we have many fond memories of both He and Essie and the time we spent together! Rest in peace, love you and your family!
Roy was a good man, and I owe him for more than I can say in this small space. He taught me a lot of useful skills in an amazingly short time, and was always supportive. I wrote him a few times over the years, mostly just to let him know I still thought of him warmly.
May he rest in peace. I will always honor his memory.
Semper Fi! I had the honor of meeting this Iwo Jima Marine. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends.
Phil & Susan...Our sincere sympathy from a friend who idolized Roy. He made our community a better place with his lifelong dedication and service to others. Jimmy Headlee
Our prayers are with you. Roy was a wonderful man and great Odessan. From my parents, Tom and Dorothy, and myself and wife, Jerri.
Love and peace to all of the family at this difficult time--Roy was a wonderful man to all who knew him. He will not be forgotten!
Love & Blessings to the Family & Friends of Roy Arthur Elsner. We are most Thankful for His Military Service to our Country. May God Bless His Spirit and Bless Those who Love Him and will Miss Him. May His Family & Friends be comforted by the wonderful memories of His life. Rest in Peace Mr. Roy Arthur Elsner............
To the Elsner family: Roy was an integral part of the Texas Jewish Historical Society. We enjoyed his stories(both oral and written), listened to his advise, and his words of wisdom. He served on the Board of Directors from 2007-2009, and 2011-2013. On behalf of the Texas Jewish Historical Society Board of Directors and Officers, we extend our deepest sympathy. May his memory be a blessing.
Sally Drayer, Historian
I remember Mr Elsner from KQIP, and Mrs Elsner from The Candy Box. The Elsners were a large part of life in Odessa, Texas
May the peace of God be with you now and forever.
To Phil and the rest of the family. My deepest sympathies. Your dad was a pillar for Odessa and I know he is sorely missed. His generation is leaving us daily I just hope that we can liveup to the examples they set.
I worked for a Roy and Essie at KQIP. Eliot was a toddler when he came around the offices. Wonderful people and friends. Roy was the most prolific salesman I have ever known. Our sympathies extend to Susan and Phil and the family. Roy is still a Marine!
My sincerest condolences to Roy's family. Roy hired me as a disc jockey to work at his radio station, KQIP-FM in Odessa as well as KECK, also in Odessa, where he served as the station's general manager. I became acquainted with his wonderful family including his wife, Essie, Ben and Betty Nedow, Albert Nedow, Phil and Susan Elsner. To Phil I say, man you drove me crazy when you were in the control room while I was trying to do my show. But, I love you and Susan. I feel as if I helped raise you kids. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's passing; you lost a great, loving dad, and I lost a great friend. With deepest sympathy, Bob Robin, former Odessa D.J. now retired in San Antonio.
Sincere sympathy to the entire Elsner family. Have know Roy all my life and have tremendous respect for him.
My condolences to the family. Roy will be missed by many. He was truly a pioneer in the Development of Communication in the Odessa area. He was a man of many talents and many interests.
My condolences to the family. You are a great person and I'm glad to have met you. Semper Fi
May you have fair winds and following seas Roy Elsner. SEMPER FI Marine.
My condolences to the family. I will greatly miss Roy. He was one of my favorite people. May he rest in peace.
My sincere condolences to the Elsner family. I will always remember the wonderful times we had sharing the holidays with your families. Roy was an inspiration to all of us.