Wayne Edward Royer was born near Hepburn, Iowa in a farm house on March 18th, 1924. The son of Roy and Myrtle (Brownlee) Royer, he was baptized in the Hepburn Presbyterian Church and confirmed in Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, Iowa where he later served on the church council. In the last 25 years of his life he was an active member of First Lutheran Church of Longmont. He lived in Page County, Iowa 37 years, in Lincoln, Nebraska 27 years, and retired after working in the printing business for 41 years. Wayne and Elaine moved to Longmont, Colorado after his retirement. He proudly served our country in the Army in World War II. Wayne saw heavy combat in 3 first-wave landings, was awarded the Bronze star for the New Guinea Campaign and the Good Conduct Medal for his service in the South Pacific. He died peacefully of natural causes on December 4th at his daughter and son in-laws home. He was a devout Christian, a patriotic American with great love of his country, and a devoted family man. His family was always his first priority all of his life. He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He married Elaine Freed in 1947, at Bethesda Lutheran Church near Clarinda, Iowa. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Children include; Karen Meenen and husband Dennis of Berthoud, Colorado, and Dennis Royer and wife Judy of Casper, Wyoming. Wayne's Grandchildren; Kimberly and husband Jason Hart, Andrew Meenen, Megan Royer, William Royer and wife Becky. His great-grandchildren are; Tyler, Senessa, Aiden, Nicholas, and Jessie. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Harry and sister in-law Martha Royer, brother in-law Leslie Freed, sister in-law Lorine Nelson and brother in-law Ben Nelson. Visitation will be December 7th at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel in Longmont, CO from 3:00-5:30 P.M. Services will be held at First Lutheran Church in Longmont on Saturday, December 8th, at 10:30 A.M. There will be a reception following the service and interment at Ryssby Cemetery immediately following the reception. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
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Published in Longmont Times-Call on Dec. 7, 2012