Lance Royer

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Royer, Lance D.

Lance D. Royer of Wausau died peacefully on November, 20 2012, at Stone Crest Residential Facility in Wausau. He was 72.

Mr. Royer was born on February 16, 1940, in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of Leo and Emma (DeMars) Royer. He attended local schools, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and was an accomplished athlete, participating in football, where he was a Little All-American for two years, as well as track, volleyball and basketball.

Mr. Royer earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he continued his athletic involvement and was named to the all-conference football team for three years and was All-American for two. Later, he earned his Master's in Education from UW-Superior.

In 1963, he married his first wife, Phyllis Marie Nelson who preceded him in death in 1992.

Beginning in 1966, Mr. Royer began a 31-year career as an educator for the Wausau School District. He was also a well-respected football and track-and-field coach and in 1985, was inducted into the UW-Superior Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of these accomplishments.

Throughout his life, Mr. Royer was an active member of the community and participated and served as an officer in numerous civic and church-affiliated organizations. Among these were the DuBay Lion's Club, the River Valley Harmonizers, as well as a variety of committees at Saint Agnes Catholic Parish, where he personally helped construct the current church building. Mr. Royer regularly enjoyed golf and was also an enthusiastic and accomplished hunter and fisherman making frequent trips to Canada, Alaska and Wyoming.

Mr. Royer is survived by his second wife, Beverly (Kottke) of Wausau; his daughters, Lisa (Darwin) Myles and Cynthia Lentz of Wausau; his grandchildren, Emma, Sarah, Ellicia, McKinley and Cordell; and his stepson, Andrew Kluetz of Paris, France. He is further survived by his brother, Leon (Mary Ann), of Gulf Shores, Alabama; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The Royer family would like to sincerely thank all the aids at Stone Crest for the attentive and loving care they provided to Lance and for the kindness shown to his family.

Funeral services will be held at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Wausau at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2012. Visitation will be held preceding the funeral beginning at noon. A luncheon at the church will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Lance's name will be established at a later date.

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Nov. 26, 2012
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