VeteranWarren Royer

Warren Lee Royer, 81, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died Oct. 14, 2006, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo.

He was born June 27, 1925, in Rushville, the son of Laurence and Ada Rose Troehmel Royer. He married Nancy Martin Bailey. She survives.

Also surviving are one sister, Mary Alice Roberts of Athens, Ga.; two step sons, Ryan and Stuart Bailey; and two grandchildren.

He was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran of World War II.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He worked as a film director at Iowa State University, as a sports writer for the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette and was faculty member and principal of University High School in Urbana for 25 years until his retirement in 1986.

He was active in the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America; dedicated more than 50 years of service to chapters in Urbana, Gainesville, Florida, and Kalamazoo; and served in many leadership capacities, earned many awards and was a poet.

He was active in the Disciples of Christ churches in Urbana, Gainesville and Kalamazoo. He was honorary member of Parish Church of Christ the King at Cathedral of Christ the King in Kalamazoo, where he sang in the summer choir and played on the parish baseball team.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Bader Cemetery in Browning with Pastor Matt Haberman officiating. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to University Laboratory High School in Urbana, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kalamazoo, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or a charity of your choice.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/25/2008