Roy Laudermilk
1927 - 2016
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Rev. Roy Laudermilk, 89

Rev. Roy Franklin Laudermilk, 89, of Lafayette, passed away at 8:10 pm Friday, March 4, 2016 at St. Mary Health Care.

He was born January 24, 1927, in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, to the late William and Violet (Bee) Laudermilk.

Roy served in the United States Navy from February 8, 1944 to October 13, 1947. During his service he was aboard the USS Princeton.

Roy was a United Methodist Minister for over 50 years, touching hundreds of lives with love and compassion.

He was very proud of receiving his private pilots license and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are his children, Thomas Laudermilk of Maple Grove, MN, Susan Schultz (husband Tom) of Chicago, IL, Melody Stiak (husband Rocky) of Valparaiso and Nathan Laudermilk of Ohio. Along with his children he is survived by his loving partner, RoseMary Elzey of Lafayette, two brothers, Jack Laudermilk and Gerald Laudermilk (wife Elizabeth) both of MA and a sister, Irene Nitzsche of OH as well as his grandchildren, Tishala, Jennifer, Matthew, Brian, Katherine and Christopher and great grandchildren, Benjiman, Everett, Henry and Olivia.

Roy was preceded in death by son, James Roy Laudermilk, two brothers, William and James Laudermilk and a sister Lennora McMahon.

Visitation will be from 2:00 pm until the time of the funeral service at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Stidham United Methodist Church, 5300 S. Co Rd 175 W. Lafayette, IN 47905 with Rev. David Inskeep officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso.

Those wishing may contribute in Roy's name to Lafayette Urban Ministry at 420 N. 4th St Lafayette, IN 47901-2213.

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Published by Journal & Courier on Mar. 7, 2016.
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While it has been well over a year since I last saw your dad, I knew and loved him well for decades. I am so grateful to have known him. Joe Micon LUM Executive Director
March 20, 2016
Sorry for your loss prayers for all of you he was my parents neighbor growing up. Went to school with Melody, Nate and Jim, my mom was always picking up the boys going down the road.
Becky Fosnight
March 10, 2016
Sending loving kindness, Rosemary. So sorry for your loss.
With sympathy, Mary Wade
Mary Wade
March 9, 2016
Roy was a wonderful minister. He married my husband and I in 1983. My condolences to the family. Anne Long
March 9, 2016
Thank you all for your kind words. He was a great father and a great man. We loved him dearly and will miss him every day.
Susan (Laudermilk)Schultz
March 9, 2016
Our Prayers to you Rosemary and to your family for your loss. Call if you need anything. Your Neighbors Tony, and Angela Priest and Douglass.
Angela Bates-Priest
March 8, 2016
As a colleague of Roy, I shared with appreciation of his ministry and caring for the people in his care. His open and honest service was always an inspiration to many of us..
I pray the comfort and hope of the faith he proclaimed to be with you at this time.
Dean Stuckey
Dean Stuckey
March 7, 2016
Roy was an amazing man, and had a deep impact on my life growing up. When I played piano at Stidham, he would say that it was one of the greatest gifts we could give, to offer music. He appreciated me and took an interest in my life. His passion for life...driving motorcycles and flying planes, inspired me as a child. Some of his thought-provoking sermons I still remember. Even recently, when his memory was fading, he remembered that I was ill and would always ask about how I was doing. Thank you Roy, you are as special as they come, and will always be missed.
Laura McGlone Allen
March 7, 2016
It's difficult to express in words, the amount of love and admiration I have for such a wonderful Uncle. We have been truly blessed to be part of the family..
I also have no doubt that he will hear our Lord say: You have fought the good fight, You have finished the race, You have kept the faith! 2Tim 4:7

Blessings to ALL until we meet again !
Don Nitzsche
March 7, 2016
I did so much appreciate being a ministerial colleague of Roy during our common life in the Northwest Indiana Conference. He was an accomplished preacher and a faithful brother. Our day and his life are not something that comes around too often.

We were of the greatest generation and the earthly Kingdom. As we used to sing at a colleagues memorial:

I will sing your a song of a faraway land
the faraway land of the soul.
March 7, 2016
Roy was a very special person and we will always be grateful for the impact he had on our lives. We regret that we cannot be there to pay our respects in person but our thoughts and prayers will be.
Ron and Kathy Denhart
March 7, 2016
Roy is in Heaven for sure. Really enjoyed his friendship from his days at Stidham. Rest in peace.
Terry/Kathy Smith
March 7, 2016
I love you dad. You were the best father ever! I already miss you very much. XOXO
Melody Stiak
March 6, 2016
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