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Rojdon (Roy) Viklund

Age 86, passed away on June 16, 2017 surrounded by his family after a long battle with emphysema. Roy was born on March 15, 1931, in Gavle, Sweden.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Dorothy (Buckingham) Viklund; his five children, Beverly Viklund Parigian (Gary), Ingrid Viklund, Greta Jarvis (Mike), Sonja Viklund, Lars Viklund (Kelly); his sister Gunilla Hutton; his brother, Torbjorn Wiklund (Pat); and many loving nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He was predeceased in death by parents Helge Viklund (Ann) and Lydia Hutton (William); his children Linnea and Arne Viklund; brother Ragnar Wiklund (Vreni); and Ellen Viklund, the mother of his five surviving children.
Roy emigrated to the United States with his parents and three siblings when he was 16 years old. He started his life in America in Beverly Hills (after a two week train ride from
New York), speaking only Swedish. Upon graduating from Beverly Hills High School, Roy joined the U.S. Air Force and gained valuable active duty experience as an aircraft
maintenance technician working at many bases; including Kindley Air Force Base (Bermuda); where Roy met his future wife, Ellen, who was traveling from South Africa to California on the Queen Mary while docked briefly in Bermuda. After proudly serving his new country they soon married, and settled into Torrance, California where they raised five children together and Roy opened and operated a successful automobile repair shop named 'Viklund Mercedes', until his retirement.
Ellen passed away in 1980. A few years later Roy met Dorothy (Dottie) Buckingham on a trip to Las Vegas and they wed in 1985, and resided in Torrance happily together ever
since. Roy's passions included traveling, swimming, reading, gardening, and making his fabulous potato salad, but most of all he loved being with his family. Roy and Dottie celebrated
their 32nd wedding anniversary the day before he passed.
Roy will be remembered for his kind and gentle soul, intellect, long stories and incredible sense of humor. He had a magnetic personality that drew people to him wherever he
went, and he could bring a smile and chuckle from anyone who was fortunate enough to cross his path. Roy was always positive, happy, upbeat and selfless. He was the ultimate
people person, his greatest pleasure was socializing with others, as he never ran out of stories and jokes to tell. Words can't describe how greatly he will be missed by all
who knew him.
A Celebration of Life will be held for his family and friends on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Please email Greta ([email protected]) for details. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on June 25, 2017
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