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Paul Royer - Year Entered 1960

Paul Royer

From Facebook 7/16/2016:


Our Father died peacefully in his sleep at 9:30 this past Tuesday evening,July 12, 2016, 44 ½ days after Blanche, our Mother and his wife of 68 years had died. Dad’s ability to function and get around started to go downhill more rapidly after Mother died. He said he really wanted to die and be with her. God granted his prayer. 


Dad will be remembered for many things. He was a pilot in the Flying Tigers during WWII, flying 63 sorties over the Himalayan Hump. He came back to Ohio, got married and made a small fortune selling radishes. He bought a health food store knowing nothing about health foods, learned the business and improved the health of the entire family. 


During this time he became more interested in religion, was baptized by the Worldwide Church of God, decided he wanted to attend Ambassador College at age 40. Moved his whole family to Pasadena two weeks after getting accepted. It was hard being a student at age 40, but he did well enough and made an impression. Dad was given more and more responsibilities ending up as a pastor rank minister and personnel director also coordinating Feast of Tabernacles preparations in the US and Canada. When church politics escalated and church doctrines were changed, he decided he needed a change. Dad and Mother and eventually their two sons and families ended up in Santa Rosa, California. There he lived a quieter life, ministering to a few, but mainly enjoying working outside, especially with his tractor on the eight acre ranch he eventually purchased. But most of all he wanted to spend time with family – he loved to go camping with them, having everyone over for a real wood fire barbeque and playing with his grandchildren and eventually his great-grandchildren. 


Dad was a driven, committed man. He set goals and didn’t let anything get in his way to reach them. He did not make compromises. But he also liked to play practical jokes, read Louie L’Amour books, watch the news on TV and enjoy a glass of wine. He taught his family to obey God, love family, be true to their principles, work hard, avoid debt and never lie. He wanted to be remembered as a man who loved God, his wife and family, and the country he had served so long ago.


Written by his son, Scott.

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07/24/16 08:45 AM #1    

Dick (Optional: Richard) Mills (1968)

Scott, My prayers and condolences to you, Sharon, and your families. Your Dad and your entire family was one I had respect for while a student. I saw a lot of the same character in your Dad that I saw in mine-humility, un-begrudging service, love of family, love of God, faithfulness, and overcoming. God granted him a very long earthly life and I am sure it benefited many people to know him and your mother. 
Both were terrific examples, and that's how the gospel is truly preached! I encourage you, your sister, and the rest of the Royers to carry on that God-blessed legacy.

07/24/16 10:13 AM #2    

Milo Wilcox (1961)

His life was an inspiring example for others. I remember him from his days as a "student" at AC. Milo Wilcox

07/25/16 04:07 AM #3    

Anna Topash (Sharp) (1961)

We fondly remember Paul.  He was a rock and pillar in many ways.  Walt and Paul attended the Akron, Ohio, church and went to college the same year.  Thanks, Scott, for posting. It is much appreciated.

Walt and Anna Sharp

07/28/16 06:46 PM #4    

Jacqueline Streeter (Dunn) (1968)

Scott -  what an incredible legacy your parents left all of us and role model for sure.  Your Terrie and l roomed together her freshman year.  All of you have special good souls that make the sad times easier to understand.  You all have been flying tigers.  Peace.

07/29/16 10:16 AM #5    

Charlene Douglas (Mathe) (1960)

Thank you for sharing this tribute to your father. As one of the older, married students, he exemplified for us an ideal of leadership and service. He was approachable and positive, never seeking the limelight. It is gratifying to learn of the goodness that followed him all the days of his life.

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