Lawrence G. Roy, 85, of Scotia, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. The Revs. Tom Ryan and Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Scotia, with graveside military honors by American Legion Post 150 of Scotia.
Visitation will be Tuesday at the church from 6 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary.
Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Roy was born on May 10, 1927, in Loup City, the son of George and Helen (Mendyk) Roy.
He is survived by his wife, Helen of Scotia; children and spouses, Martin and Talana Roy of Overton, Kay and Roger Torske of Hastings, Pamela and Mark Geihsler of Forney, Texas, Janel and Mike Tagart of Grand Island, Daniel and DeeAnn Roy of Scotia, Steven Roy of Central City, and Donald and Dena Roy of Scotia.
He is also survived by grandchildren, Brian and fiancee, Christina, John and wife, Lindsey, Kelsey, Mercedes, Ashley, Shantelle, Katriona and Kaitlin; two step-grandsons, Jeremey and wife, Kristi and Chevis; and two step-great-grandchildren, Peyton and Elle.
Lawrence grew up on a farm near Dannevirke, where he raised and broke draft work horses and attended country school.
He served in the U.S. Army from March 1951 until March 1953, having been stationed in Alaska.
He was united in marriage to Helen Dean Smedra on June 9, 1953, at Loup City. The couple first lived and farmed near Dannevirke. In 1957, they bought a farm near Scotia, where they raised hogs and he was one of the first Nebraska farmers to sell hybrid boars. The couple also raised a large dairy herd and sold springing dairy heifers as far away as the west coast. Lawrence was still actively farming at the time of his death.
He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord and was a former member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Scotia, where he served as a trustee. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 150 of Scotia.
Lawrence was the happiest on the farm with his family all around, as he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Thomas Roy; his parents, George and Helen (Mendyk) Roy; and three brothers, Robert, Alfred and Frank Roy.
Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.