Center in Sandpoint, Idaho. Services will be held at a later date and burial will be in the
Roy was born September 19, 1918, in Milwaukee, Wisc. to Alex and Ann Hoelke. As a teen he played in dance bands, and enjoyed music all his life. He enrolled in the University of Idaho, Moscow, in the forestry program. There he married Grace Clayton. His college career was interrupted by WW II. He joined the newly formed Army Air Corp, entering as a First Lieutenant. His B 24 Group survived 35 missions and he earned many medals. Coming back to his parents' home in 1945, he learned that Grace had just died.
After some time, he married Ruth Jones, an elementary school teacher, in 1949. He worked as a forest ranger in Covelo, Calif., Eel River Station. He and the family eventually moved to Southern California where he went back to College to earn a masters degree in education at University of Southern California. He taught Biology at Charter Oak High School. He continued his love of music, playing in community bands. Ruth died in 1966, after suffering from polio.
In 1967 Roy married Mary Edith (Edie) Schuelke, also a teacher at Charter Oak. They enjoyed many wonderful weekends sailing and during the summer Roy taught environmental classes in Cody, Wyo. After retirement in 1977, the couple moved to Heron, Montana. There Roy enjoyed "Ham Radio," model trains, screening educational films for the neighbors in his basement 'theatre', wood working, hiking, snow shoeing, canoeing, water color painting, and bird watching. Roy's wife, Mary Edith, passed away in November, 2011.
He is survived by his three children Jean Jensen of Heron, Steve Hoelke of Claremont, Calif., and Peggy (John) Koegler of Santa Barbara, Calif.; one brother, Richard (Nancy) Hoelke of Milwaukee, Wisc., numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his three wives, his brother Howard Hoelke,
grandson, Tony Torrez, son-in-law Leonard Jensen, and daughter-in-law Rochelle Hoelke.
Donations may be made to the Heron Library or any veterans' cause of your choosing.
Lakeview Funeral Home of Sandpoint, Idaho is handling the arrangements. Please visit Roy's online memorial at lakeviewfuneral.com and sign his guest book.