Kenneth E. Roy
May 19, 1927 – May 7, 2018
Kenneth Eugene Roy was born to John Roy and Lottie (Bloomenshine) Roy in Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1927. Ken had an older sister, Virginia that died at birth, making him the only child. John and Lottie divorced a few years later and Ken and his mother moved to Big Bear Lake, outside of Orlando, Florida. After graduation from Orlando High they moved to Hastings, Nebraska, where his mother opened her own Nursing Home.
Shortly after the move, at the tail end of WWII, Ken joined the Navy, which he served 6 months until his Mother decided to pull him out. You could do that back then if you only had one child, but you could only do it once. It was then that Ken attended Hastings College and got his Bachelor's Degree in teaching. Shortly after that, he joined the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division for a year and a half. That was now the Cold War, or what also would be known as the beginning of the Korean War.
After receiving his honorable discharge, Ken returned to Hastings, where he found the love of his life, Eunice (Mills) Roy and married her on August 1, 1948. Eunice taught Grade School and Ken taught High School. In 1949, their first son, Randy was born. In 1951, there 2nd son, John was born and in 1953, their daughter, Dawn was born.
Ken taught school in both Kenesaw and Shelton, Nebraska, before moving the family to Omaha in 1957. It was then that he attended classes at UNO and received his Master's Degree. In Omaha, he taught Speech and English for 15 years at Technical High School, 7 years at the Individual Study Center and finished his last 10 years at Benson High School. After retiring, he taught several more years at both Iowa Western and Metro Community College before fully retiring.
Ken was a Boy Scout Leader, where both of his sons received their Eagle Badge. It's the highest rank or achievement in the Boy Scouts. His children shared “He was our mentor, our disciplinarian, our teacher, as well as a devoted father.”
Ken was also active in Toastmasters. Through this program, he won State and National contests, and then went to Internationals in Canada and placed 5th overall. He could captivate any audience. He was also a Shriner and in the clown division where he spent many occasions entertaining the young and old at the Shrine Circus here in Omaha.
After 30 plus years each of teaching, Ken and Eunice retired in 1987. They spent 11 days a year, of the next 18 summers vacationing in Sanibel Island, Florida. They were also fortunate to go on several cruises to Alaska and to Hawaii, however Sanibel remained their favorite place and their “home away from home”.
Ken took up wood working as a hobby after attending classes at Metro Tech. For the next 20 years, he constructed oak banks and attached the retired brass post office doors to them. They were sold at craft shows for 10 years and on eBay for 10 years. He was also proficient with the scroll saw and displayed his favorite pieces in his room at the Veteran's Home.
On August 28, 2012, Ken moved to the Assisted Living neighborhood of the Eastern Nebraska Veteran's Home. He so enjoyed the company of others his own age, as well as all the on-site activities and outings they provided, a favorite being BINGO. The food was a pretty nice perk too, he would say! His children and grandchildren visited often, so he was never without his immediate family.
Ken is survived by his 3 children: Sons: Randy, John and daughter in-law MaryPat and daughter Dawn, 4 sister in-laws, 3 brother in-laws, 6 grandchildren and spouses, 13 great grandchildren, with # 14 due in August, and 4 great great grandchildren.
- Randy Roy Jr.
- Sean Bender
- T. J. Beavers
- Shane Harris
- Steve Rasmussen
- Tim Doran
- Funeral Service Friday, May 11, 2018
Kenneth E. Roy
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May 10, 2018
Mr. Roy was one of the most influential people in my life. He first introduced me to the Theater when I was a student at Omaha Tech High. At the suggestion of my 10th grade English teacher Miss Mitchell, he asked me to tryout for a play. I got the part, and a role in every other play he produced while I was a student at Tech. During that time he introduced me to Oral interpretation of Prose Literature, and short plays for contest competition.
Under his guidance I won Excellent and Superior awards in speech competition. I believe his biggest disappointments in me was when I didn't give the graduation speech. I didn't think I was good enough, but he felt that no one else was better
What he gave me has lasted a lifetime, I have two sons, both successful actors in their own rights. I've had a long and successful acting career, that has taken me to places I never dreamed of and Ken Roy has always been a part of the journey, because without him I would not have known the love of stage.
One of my fondest memories of high school, was performing in a production of James Weldon Johnson"s Gods Trombones. Mr Roy picked the play with me in mind, and produced it along with the Tech High choir. I know that God placed him in my life and I'm more than positive that God's Trombones are playing this day along with The Heavenly Choir, because Kenneth Roy is home again. I love you Mr. Roy for all you've given me. God bless you and your family.
May 10, 2018
Growing up on 122nd Street in Westwood Heights, the Doran and Roy families were the best of friends. There are countless nights that I remember being at the Roy house while our parents drank pot after pot of coffee. Ken always liked to cook and bake and was very good at both. One of my favorite memories of Ken was when he was making custard. I was 8 or 9, and the Roys had just gotten new kitchen carpet. Ken thought that it would be a good idea if I helped him cook. He pulled up a kitchen chair and had me stand on it. He gave me the task of pouring milk from a Goodrich glass milk jug while he stirred. My mom was terrified that I would spill milk all over Eunice's new carpet but Ken was never worried. The consummate teacher, he knew that you had to give your student the chance to try, to learn and then to succeed. So many students have Ken to thank for giving them their chance to succeed. Although I have known the Roy's all my life, I never knew Ken had been a scout leader for both Randy and John, but I remember seeing Ken in his Shriner's clown costume many times. In addition to all of his talents above, I think Ken will best be remembered by many for his teasing and sense of humor! One thing that came to mind would happen anytime my mom had made a pie or some other dessert and asked Ken and Eunice to come up for dessert and coffee. Ken would always ask what she made. If my mom said "peach pie," Ken would always tease that "he would have preferred sour cream raisin pie instead", or anything other than what she had made. Some years ago after I had moved away from home, I mailed Ken a Christmas card and simply signed it "Rosemary". The next year, I received my card back, with my name x'ed out and replaced with "Ken". Now that wouldn't surprise anyone who knew Ken! Ken, may you rest in peace and celebrate your reunion with your beloved Eunice and all the other family, friends and dogs who no doubt greeted you with smiling faces and wagging tails!
May 9, 2018
So many awesome memories. Where to begin........
My first pregnancy, Ken, my dad & I posed for a profile pic of who had the biggest stomach.
When I would yawn, he'd ask me if I was bored.
If he got mouthy, I'd pull his ear. It was expected and accepted with a laugh.
Ken and Eunice were an asset in my life and in my parents. They loved each other to the end. As do I. Rest well and play lots of Rummicube.
May 9, 2018
Mr. Roy was, by far my favorite teacher. His humor was just what I needed to do what he wanted me to do. My love of theater was 100 percent from my time with him as my teacher. I also looked at him as a father figure. I corresponded with him every year from the time I graduated in 1965 until he could be read my letters to him. Ironically, he told me that I shouldn't hook up with Mike. He was right!!!
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