Ralph K. Royer Jr.

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Ralph K. Royer Jr., 81, of Hanover, Pa., died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Hanover Hospital, after a brief illness, having recently been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Born Aug. 20, 1930, in Westminster, he was the son of the late Ralph K. Sr. and Mae E. Thomas Royer. Twice married, he was the husband of Marjorie J. Heiser Royer, his wife of 56 years, who died in 2006; and of Linda S. Nicholson Royer, who he married in 2007.

A veteran of the Navy, he served as a hospital corpsman during the Korean War. After his military service he spent his professional career in hospital administration. He worked primarily with the Indian Health Service in Arizona and New Mexico.

He and his first wife moved from the Southwest to New Oxford, Pa., in 2002 when she began to suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Following her death, he moved to Hanover.

He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Hanover, and past treasurer of the United Methodist Men. He was an active volunteer at the Brethren Home Community in New Oxford, Pa., and received the PA Individual Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007. Following his move to Hanover, he volunteered regularly at Hanover Hospital and was a member of the Patient-Family Advisory Council and very involved in the Patient Advocate Liaison (PAL) program. He also was a tutor for the Hanover Public School District and was a mentor to Brandon Hernandez of Clearview Elementary School.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons Kim Royer and wife Lynne, of Boise, Idaho, and Kyle Royer and wife Karen, of Fairfax, Va.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings Mary Isabelle Little, of Frederick, Dorothy Elizabeth Fritz, of New Windsor, and Ronald Lee Royer, of Chambersburg, Pa.

He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Lori Jones.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until the time of memorial service, 7 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 200 Frederick St., Hanover, with the Rev. Gregory A. Rapp and the Rev. Brendan Hock officiating. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Per his wife's wishes, as she is a survivor, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made sent to in Ralph's memory to " 3-Day" at www.The3Day.org, to raise funds for breast cancer research and outreach programs.

Online condolences may be offered at www.wetzelfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Carroll County Times on July 12, 2012
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