Gene Roys

Gene R. Roys

Monday, April 15th, 1940 - Friday, March 27th, 2020
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Gene R. Roys, 79, of Byron Center, MI passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 peacefully at home with his family at his side. Born April 15, 1940 in Grand Rapids, he was the son of the late Adolph R. and Margaret E. (Sommerdyke) Roys and was the husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Waters) Roys. Gene was a proud veteran of the United States Navy and a member of the American Legion. He had worked as a Master Plumber and Pipefitter for Sommerdyke Brothers Plumbing as well as General Motors. Gene enjoyed being outside gardening and loved to go hunting. He was also an avid reader.

In addition to his wife, Betty, Gene is survived by his children, John Roys and Sue Nagelkirk Roys, Patrick Roys and Laura Abbott Roys, Mary Roys Boswell and John Boswell, Roberta Roys Bowden and Kevin Vaughn, Katherine Roys, Michael Roys and Jeannine Torongo Roys; siblings, Dennis Roys and Barbara Weber Roys and Mary Jo Roys Drueke and Paul Drueke; sister-in-law, Sandra Roys; grandchildren, Victoria Roys, Faith Roys, Kelsey Roys, Ben Roys, Taylor Kerwin, Jack Bowden and James Roys. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James “Jim” Roys.

In accordance with recent regulations regarding the pandemic, and in an effort to maintain the health and safety of loved ones, Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated privately at St. Mary’s Visitation Parish by Rev. Fr. Christopher Derda. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery. Anyone wishing to have a private moment of prayer and pay their final respects to Gene may visit Gorden Funeral Residence, 208 W. Main Street, Hopkins on Monday, March 30, 2020 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM; the family will not be present. They will instead receive friends at a Celebration of Life which will take place in the coming months. Details will be posted at once those arrangements are finalized. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Holland or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Michigan Chapter.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 30th, 2020 | 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Monday, March 30th, 2020 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Gorden Funeral Residence, Hopkins Chapel
    208 West Main Street
    Hopkins, Michigan 49328
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    Family will not be present. Friends may visit to pay their respects privately between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Visitation Parish Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Byron Center, Michigan
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    Private interment.
Private Mass of Christian Burial


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Bernadette Zomberg

Posted at 09:09pm
Our sincerest sympathy to all the family! Know Pat, Roberta and Mike and remember their dad well!
Stay safe and prayers for all.
Tom and Bernie Zomberg

Al Lenhart

Posted at 02:22pm
I will never forget Gene's wonderful voice when he sang in the church choir when I was young. He was always a gentleman.

Marva (Babe) Hippensteel Hickman

Posted at 11:49am
I know how close the family is, Gene will be greatly missed.

Dina Humes

Posted at 09:54am
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Roy’s family at this difficult time. Dina Humes

Aunt Sher and Uncle Ken

Posted at 09:51am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. With Love and Hugs
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