Roy Breivik, 59, of Sterling, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Sterling. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Hays Student Center Ballroom at NJC with Pastor Jared Sonnenberg officiating.
Roy was born on May 21, 1954, in Chicago to Helmer and Helen Louise (Thoresen) Breivik. He served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1978. He married Yayoi Nishibata in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan. They were married for 38 years.
Roy joined the Sterling Police Department on Oct. 2, 1978, and moved up the ranks of the department to become the Chief of Police on May 25, 2005.
He received the Outstanding Young Civil Servant award in 1986 presented by the Sterling Jaycees. He was named to the "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges" in their 1994 edition. This award, to be received, has to be recommended by a member of the faculty or staff of Northeaster Junior College in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment as a student of NJC.
On May 1, 1995, he was awarded his Associate in Arts degree from Northeastern Junior College and was working on his Bachelor of Arts.
Roy was elected and served on the RE-1 Valley School District Board of Education from 1997 to 1999. He was also an adjunct professor at Northeastern Junior College.
Holding a special place in his heart was his work with the SPD Animal Control Division, having been in the canine corps in the military prior to his City employment.
Roy is survived by his wife, Yayoi; daughter. Kristine Breivik; sister, Mary Simmons; brothers, Curtis and Jim Breivik.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helmer and Helen Breivik.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Hospice of the Plains, 100 Broadway Suite 1A, Sterling, CO 80751.