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Roy Dean Isler


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Roy Dean Isler Obituary
Memorial services for Roy Dean Isler will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 4, 2010, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Gorton Smith and Rev. Steve Chappell officiating.
Roy Isler was born October 5, 1920. He passed away on January 27, 2010. Roy was born on a farm and ranch eight miles northwest of Grady, NM. He graduated from Grady High School and attended ENMU for two years before transferring to Texas Tech to earn a Bachelors Degree in 1942. After graduation, Roy joined the Air Force and was discharged in December, 1945. In 1957, he returned to ENMU to earn a Masters Degree in Education Administration and Secondary Education.
Before going to the South Pacific, Roy taught Pre-Flight to Aviation Cadets in Santa Anna, CA. It was there that he met Leona, who was working for Douglas Aircraft. They were married June 11, 1943.
Roy worked in the Tucumcari and Estancia schools before moving to Livermore, CA. There he became the Administrator of the Regional Occupational Program for Alameda County. He retired in 1978.
A son, Reid, was born in 1947. He was killed in the line of duty May 18, 1968. Reid, a Corpsman, was rendering assistance to a wounded Marine under heavy fire. He was posthumously honored with a Bronze Star Metal for his heroic achievement.
In 2005, Roy made a generous gift to the ENMU Foundation establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity. His philanthropic generosity will establish the Reid Allen Isler Scholarship Fund for Education, Fine Arts and Pre-Med students.
Roy gave thirty years to education and touched many young lives. He was a kind and thoughtful person who was active in his church. He was a thirty year member of Rotary International, active in the Boy Scouts, and very active in the Livermore Chamber of Commerce. Roy was a good father, wonderful husband, and a gentle friend. We have all lost a special person who will stay in our hearts.
Roy is survived by his wife, Leona; a brother, Frances and his wife, Shera of Tucumcari, NM, and several nieces and nephews.
Please share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at andersonbethany.com
Cremation was under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.
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