Roy Menno Beller|
May 3, 1933 to 2014
WINGDALE, NEW YORK -- Roy Menno Beller died peacefully on Saturday, May 3, 2014, his eighty-first birthday, surrounded by loving family. His death was caused by complications from a lung that collapsed on May 1.
Roy was proud to be a native of Harlingen, Texas and to call it home for his entire life. He was born on May 3, 1933 to Menno Simon Beller and Dorothea Hennon Beller. Roy graduated from Harlingen High School on May 25, 1951. He played on the football team and continued to support the Cardinals throughout his life. Roy graduated from San Antonio College on January 22, 1954 and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College on June 25, 1954. Roy served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. While stationed in Saint Louis, Missouri, he met Martha Lou Beller (neÃ© Boyle), whom he married on August 16, 1956.
Roy provided chiropractic care in Harlingen for decades. He held many leadership positions in the Texas Chiropractic Association, including the post of president. He was also an active investor, particularly in residential real estate in Harlingen. He remained personally involved in his business until his death.
Roy was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Harlingen. In addition, he was active in numerous civic and fraternal organizations in Harlingen, including the Masonic Lodge, the Lions Club, and the Boy Scouts of America. He and Martha were members of the Harlingen Country Club for many years. Roy and Martha enjoyed traveling the world together, playing bridge, and watching their grandchildren grow up. Roy also loved his coffee groups, including the Whataburger group who remained in contact with him to his final days.
In addition to his passion to teaching others about the benefits of chiropractic care, Roy was keenly interested in politics and the workings of the world. He was always eager to try a new task and to share a unique insight with his friends and family. Through his frequent jokes, he built lasting friendships with people from all walks of life.
Roy is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Martha Lou Beller of Harlingen, Texas, his son Roy Lee Beller of Wingdale, New York, his daughter Mary Martha McKelvey of Houston, Texas, his daughter-in-law Kathryn Beller, his son-in-law Eugene McKelvey, his brother Carl Beller of Austin, Texas, his sister-in-law Carol Beller, his nephew Brian Beller of Brownsville, Texas, his niece Carla Beller Heironimus of Austin, Texas, his grandchildren Elizabeth Ann Beller, Gregory Charles Beller, Margaret Alison Beller, John Stuart Beller, David Menno McKelvey, and James Mowry McKelvey, and his grandniece Ava Elizabeth Heironimus.
A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 321 East Harrison Avenue, Harlingen, Texas on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm. The family requests that any donations be made to First United Methodist Church of Harlingen, 321 E Harrison Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550. To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com
Published in Valley Morning Star on May 7, 2014