Earl R. Royer
VIRDEN, IL – Earl R. Royer, 87, passed away Wednesday Aug. 15, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.
Earl was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Girard, Ill., a son of Jerry and Esther (Schwartz) Royer. He was a WW II Army veteran and his most memorable military experience included his time on a hospital ship sitting next to the Missouri, where he witnessed the signing of the peace treaty by Japanese Emperor Hirohito.
Earl married Velma D. Gabbert on July 2, 1950, in Virden, Ill. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Thayer United Methodist Church in Thayer, Ill.
Surviving Earl are his wife, Velma Royer, and daughter, Kim (Ralph) Harris, both of Virden, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Leita Barr of Girard, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Earl in death were his parents; a daughter, Cheryl Royer; brothers: Ervin, Jerry, Ray, Galen, Vernon, Harold and Lester Royer; and sisters: Elsie Royer, Violet Weedman and Gladys Nicewonger.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, Ill., and one hour prior to services at 11:00 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Thayer United Methodist Church in Thayer. Officiating will be Rev. Charles Kurfman and Brian Lester. Burial will be in Girard Cemetery, Girard, Ill.
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