Roy was born September 14, 1921, in Pittsburgh, Penn. He married Lucille Fiske, the love of his life, Dec. 26, 1948 at Roundup, Mont. They were married for 59 years. He made his home in Noxon on the family property. He was an ironworker, always a union man and everything he bought had to be made in the U.S.A. Roy loved to sing and what a voice he had. He loved all kinds of music, especially accordion.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lucille, his parents, twin sister MaryJane, brother Jim, three grandchildren, numerous relatives and countless friends.
He is survived by his children, MaryAnn (Emil) Torp of Post Falls, Idaho; Bill (Beth) Pirrie of Seattle, Wash.; Roy E. Merriman of Billings, Mont.; Vickie (Larry) Wright of Walsenburg, Colo. and Becky (Jason) Lanktree of Missoula, Mont.; niece Jeanette (David) Owens of East Wenatchee, Wash.; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
A man’s life should not be measured in years or by the value of his possessions on the day he died, but by the number of good friends and memories he leaves behind and Roy left many. He will be deeply missed.
A celebration of life will be held at the Noxon Senior Center, Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1p.m.