Arthur (Art) Royce
1933 ~ 2014
Arthur Lee Royce, 80, of Boise died on July 19, 2014 from complications due to pancreatic cancer. Art was born in Cody, WY, December 21, 1933 to Margaret E. Royce. His father, Arthur Royce and sister Elizabeth Anne were killed in a car accident shortly before his birth.
Art and his two older sisters spent summers on their grandfather's farm in Niagara, ND. When their mother remarried they moved around Wyoming with their step-father, a Presbyterian minister. In 1948 the family moved to Emmett, ID where Art graduated from high school in 1952. After one year at the University of Idaho he received greetings from Uncle Sam and spent 2 years in the army.
After leaving the service and holding several different jobs he returned to the University and received a degree in Business. It was there that he met his wife Mary Bills.
He had many occupations throughout his life. He worked in a furniture store, tire sales and as a truck driver, forest service fire marshal, police officer, etc… the list goes on. He then spent 23 years with the IRS, retired for two weeks, and had 15 years with Albertsons Inc. before retiring finally in 2000.
Art loved working around the house and always had time to help others. He and Mary loved to camp and to travel, going to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and a cruise through the Panama Canal. Art took great joy in spending time with his family. He was a member of Masonic Lodge Oriental #60 and El Korah Shrine where he was active in the Provost Guard and Nomads units.
Art is survived by Mary, his wife of 51 years, daughter Karen, son Michael (Shammie) and granddaughters Mason, Brynn and Penelope, and his sister Emily Simpson of Roseburg, OR, as well as several nieces and nephews. His wisdom and wit will be greatly missed.
Art was preceded in death by his son Charles, his mother Margaret, father Arthur, and sisters Elizabeth Anne and Mary.
Funeral services will be held at 11am, Friday, Aug 1st, at First Presbyterian church in Boise. Any memorials can be sent to the El Korah Shrine for the Patient Travel Fund, Daughters of the Nile Foundation, First Presbyterian Church of Boise, or the
Cloverdale Funeral Home
1200 North Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 27, 2014