NEWTON FALLS - James Elmer Royse, 93, went peacefully home to loved ones at 3:48 a.m. on Tuesday July 6, 2021 at his home while surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Soldier, Kentucky on June 17, 1928 the son of Ollie and Ada (Clark) Royse and was known by everyone as Elmer. He honorably served in the United States Army and retired after 36 years as a laborer at Republic Steel/LTV Steel.
Elmer cherished the time spent with his family and going "home" to Kentucky, he loved the outdoors. He was a jack of all trades, from master carpentry to car repair. He took joy in vegetable gardening, bird watching, playing the guitar, "YousTube" videos, working crossword puzzles and brain teasers and turkey shoots. Elmer was an avid race fan, enjoying Nascar and dirt track racing at both Canfield and Sharon Speedways.
Elmer is survived by a daughter, Debra (Richard) Holloway of Newton Falls; son, James L. (Kitty) Royse of Niles; six grandchildren, Kristie (Glen) Gregory, Regan (Dean) Shanower, Rickie (John) Perkins, Ashley (Phil) Bentfield, Jeff Pecoraro, Jimmy Newsom; seven great grandchildren, Presley, Brayden, Landen, Aaron, Fiona, Lilly, Caleb; two brothers, Daniel (Mabel) Royse of Winchester, Kentucky, Paul D. Royse of Houston, Texas; sister, Dokie Barker of New Castle, Indiana; many nieces and nephews and his cat Boots, his best friend whom never left his side.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Aileen (Conn) Royse whom he married on December 18, 1952 and who died on July 2, 2019; brothers, Benny (Maxine) Royse, Billy Royse, Clayton Lee Royse, twins Chester and Lester Royse; sisters Pug (Terry) Stephens and Wilna (Willie) Crisp.
Calling hours will be from 10:00 a.m. until noon on Monday July 12, 2021 at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home in Niles. The funeral will follow at noon at the funeral home. The Rev. Douglas Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Greenhaven Cemetery in Canfield with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 737 Lake Milton Honor Guard.
The family gratefully acknowledges the excellent care and compassion of Grace Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 737 Lake Milton Honor Guard.
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