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Roy Teply

Roy W. Teply, 93, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2016. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Graveside service will be Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Lawn Cemetery in Geddes with Military rights. Arrangements by Koehn Bros. Funeral Home in Armour.

Roy was born February 6, 1923, to the parents of Louis and Rose Pavlis Teply in Geddes, South Dakota. Roy loved his early years on the family farm in South Dakota and he attended a country school and graduated from Geddes high school in 1940. Throughout his life, he valued hard work, which he attributed to his early years on the family farm. He was especially proud of his Czechoslovakian heritage.

He enjoyed music and played the saxophone and clarinet in a polka band. Throughout his life, he loved to hear polka music. Roy had a keen sense of humor and loved to smoke a cigar while "shooting the breeze" with his friends.

He served in both World War II and Korea as a Navy Hospital Corpsman. During World War II, he treated wounded troops from all six Marine Corps Divisions. In 1951, his combat tour was with the Marines in Korea where he was attached to Charlie Co, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment of the First Marine Division, where he once again took care of wounded soldiers. He received a Bronze Star with a "V" for valor - and a Purple Heart. He took great pride in his service to the United States military, especially to the time he served as a medic with the United States Marine Corp. He was forever committed to his military "brothers."

Roy graduated with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Wyoming. He and his first wife, Elaine Day Teply, owned and operated the Town and Country Pharmacy in Casper, WY for 23 years. He served as the President of the Wyoming Pharmacy Association in 1977. He and Elaine were married for 26 years and raised their family in Casper, WY.

In later years, he married his second wife, Marilyn White Howard in 1996, and they made their home in Baltic, SD, and Mesa, AZ.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda Teply Howard of Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Casper, Wyoming and Janice Teply Wright (Chatt) of Castle Rock, CO; step-son, Jim Owens (Peggy) of Casper; his sister, Ruby Bowen Henderson of Denver, CO; his brother-in-law, Charles Slaba, of Geddes, SD; three grandchildren, Brian Howard of Las Vegas, NV, David Howard (Ann-Cathrin) of Del Mar, CA, and Alyssa Howard of Denver, CO; nephews and nieces, Dan Slaba (Lori) of Sioux Falls, SD, Debbie Slaba Gran (Jerry) of Le Mars, Iowa, and Mark Bowen and Pam Bowen Patton of Denver, CO.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Teply; his parents; three siblings, Arthur Teply, Wilma Slaba and Leo Teply.
Published in The Argus Leader on July 12, 2016
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