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William Glenn Roy, Sr. Naples, FL

William Glenn Roy, Sr., 95, passed away April 10, 2015 at his home. He was born on December 27, 1919 in Coaling, AL to Reverend Edward Roy and Sarah E. Roy. He lived the past 30 years in Naples, FL.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; as well as three brothers, Frank Roy, Paul Roy, and Charles Roy; three sisters, Roberta Roy Merry, Edwina Roy Hammond, and Eunice Roy Dorety.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Herberg Roy, Naples, FL; two daughters, Jan (Jim) Cummings, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Lynne Roy, Live Oak, FL; one son, William Glenn Roy Jr., Altamonte Springs, FL; four grandchildren, Kasey (DR) Cummings Repass, Jacksonville, FL; Mindy Cummings Nowakowski, Big Sky, MT; William G. Roy, III, Altamonte Springs, FL; Christopher Andrew (Jamie) Roy, Longwood, FL; five great-grandchildren, James Lee Repass, Robinson Mackay Repass, Ryleigh Cummings Repass, Hunter Joseph Nowakowski, Tucker James Nowakowski, and Camden James Roy. Five stepchildren also survive, Bill (Terri) Herberg, Mike (Chris) Herberg, Jenny Herberg, Cheri Herberg, and Steve Herberg; and three grandchildren, Stephanie, Hayley, and Kelsey.

Bill Roy served his country in World War 11 as a Navy photographer on the USS Yorktown, which was sunk in the Battle of Midway. He took historic combat photos and was a worldwide speaker on this battle. As a decorated veteran, he continued in the Naval Reserve and was a contracting manager for the Gemini, Titan 111, and Saturn-Apollo programs in the 1960s. He was a founding member of the Space Pioneers, in the NCMA Hall of Fame, a city commissioner, and an Outstanding Alumni of FIT. He also was a corporate attorney for Dow Chemical in Washington, DC and Midland, MI.

Bill will be remembered as an avid conversationalist, world traveler, and humanitarian. Bill and his wife, Barbara traveled around the world more than 14 times, making friends and helping those in need. He was a great ambassador for our country.

There will be a memorial service at the Naples United Church of Christ in Naples, FL on May 21st at 2:00 p.m. followed by a 'Celebration of his Life' at the NSYC. Interment will be in Lake City, FL, at Dee's Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., with a graveside service for family and friends following on April 20, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Guatemala Medical Clinic Project through the NUCCC, 5200 Crayton Road, Naples, FL 34103.

Fuller Funeral Home, Pine Ridge Road, in charge of arrangements.





Published in Naples Daily News on Apr. 14, 2015.
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April 18, 2015
I met Mr Roy and his Wife about 5 years ago at the Cracker Barrel in Orange Park. As I was waiting in line to check out, I noticed his "CV 5" hat and I asked if he had served on the Yorktown. He grinned and said he was the ship's photographer and was in town for the Midway reunion at NAS JAX. I told him about my interest in Midway stemming back to my Dad taking me to see the movie in 1976. Mr Roy not only acknowledged my appreciation but asked if I had a few moments. He took me and my two Sons to the trunk of his car and showed ORIGINAL photos that I had seen many times in books and magazines, of the battle of Midway. I was blown away at who I was standing next to. But more so...I was touched that he spent a good 30 minutes of his time, in a parking lot, to show me and my two boys history.

A week later, from the business card he gave me, I sent a note of thanks. I thought that would be it but a few weeks later, Mr. Roy sent a manila envelope to me with several pictures and articles about he and Midway, signed by him with regards to my boys and I. I will always remember the hero I met but more important, I will always remember the fine human being I met in Mr. Roy. Thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Roy and family
Robert Stroud
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