Elroy John Wingers
September 10, 1931 – April 7, 2021
Elroy Wingers, age 89, of the Woodlands Creek Senior Living Center, Clive, IA., died on April 7th, 2021 from complications of heart failure. He was the son of John and Lioba Wingers of Marytown, WI., his place of birth. He graduated Cum Laude from Fond du Lac Junior College in June 1951. He married Lillian Florez in 1953.
While a member of the Wisconsin National Guard he joined the US 5th Army in 1953, was promoted to Sergeant, and honorably discharged in 1955. The recommendation for promotion issued by the Chief of the Military Division of Engineering section states: “Corporal Wingers is outstanding in military appearance and courtesy at all times. The quality and quantity of Corporal Wingers’ work is far superior to the grade in which he serves. His devotion to duty, initiative, and aggressive approach to all assigned tasks made an outstanding contribution to the effective operation of the division. Recommended as “Soldier of the Week” based on his military performance quality, he was also of unquestionable loyalty.
Roy was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for service during the Korean Conflict.
In 1955, he joined the Burroughs Corporation in Green Bay, WI. And was promoted to Zone Sales Manager in Waterloo, IA. In 1974, he joined Bank Building Corporation and in 1995 was appointed Midwest Region Vice President for the same company under new ownership now known as New Ground Resources where he was later assigned Division Vice President. In 2007, he was awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Building Relationships. Roy calls it “my Lombardi Trophy.”
He was an active member of the Optimist Club and held the position of President in Green Bay, WI and Waterloo, IA.
He played numerous musical instruments throughout his life and while in his 80s, he was a member of the New Horizon Band that gave multiple concerts at Senior Living Centers and area Festivals.
Roy served as Vice President and President of the Board of Directors at Camelot West in West Des Moines, IA where he resided from 1998 to 2012. He married Lo Rena Hart in 2000.
He enjoyed living at the Woodlands Creek Senior Living Center. He was the weekly bingo call on Wednesday and Thursday and provided prizes for the Wednesday bingo.
He was a loyal member of the West Des Moines Elks Lodge #2752 and a benefactor of the Elks National Foundation.
Roy was preceded in death by his father John Wingers in 1978, his mother Lioba Wingers in 1994, and his sister Lorelda Wingers in 1939. His loving Wife Lori died November 27th, 2010. He is survived by two sisters, Georgine Wingers (Casement) of Bemidji, MN, Lucina Wingers (Michels) of Bloomington, IL and four children, Sheila Wingers (Jewell) of Kansas City, MO, Lauren Wingers (Coffman) of Cedar Falls, IA, Cameron Wingers of Woodland Park, CO, and Bradley Wingers of Long Beach, CA, three grandsons John and Raymond Jewell, and Ryan Wingers, one great granddaughter Sarah Wingers, including many nephews and nieces, stepchildren, grand stepchildren, and great grand stepchildren. Roy was always very proud of the accomplishments of his four children and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel and Mortuary located on 19th and Ashworth in Des Moines, IA Sunday, April 11th, 2021, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, rosary 7:30 pm -8:00 pm, and funeral services at St Theresa’s Catholic Church located on 1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA Monday, April 12th, 9:00 am. A private interment will be at McLaren’s Mausoleum at the conclusion of the funeral service. Memorials may be made to the Elks Lodge #2752.
- Lori Wingers, Wife (deceased)
- Georgine Wingers (Casement), Sister
- Lucina Wingers (Michels), Sister
- Sheila Wingers (Jewell), Daughter
- Lauren Wingers (Coffman), Daugther
- Cameron Wingers, Son
- Bradley Wingers, Son
- John Jewell, Grandson
- Raymond Jewell, Grandson
- Ryan Wingers, Grandson
- Sarah Wingers, Great Granddaughter
- He is also survived by many nephews and nieces, stepchildren, grand stepchildren and great grand stepchildren.
- Elks Lodge #2752
Elroy John Wingers
April 16, 2021
Dad... your guiding hand will be on my shoulder forever. Your delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories and love are painted colors in my heart always!
April 15, 2021
Grandpa Roy was married to my grandma Lori and he was so amazing to her and every single member of her family since the day they met. I am so proud to have called him my grandpa. He never had a mean bone bone in his body. He was was always willing to listen and be there for anyone. He was a giving kind man who loved his family and friends with all his heart. Also he never forgot a birthday. He will be truly missed and I pray that he is at peace with all his loved ones in heaven . We love you grandpa Roy!!
April 14, 2021
Roy was a great father in law! One of the best!
My favorite memory of him was when we attended a family wedding and he asked to borrow my hairspray. The hairspray name was BIG SEXY HAIR! Cam and I often reminisced about that. Also, when Cam and I took Roy to Dollar Tree we thought we had lost him,but he was hiding in the card section dressed in St.Patrick's Day attire. Roy will definitely be missed, but he lived life to the fullest and did his BEST! Love you, Roy/ Dad!❤
April 11, 2021
Dear Wingers Family - My deepest condolences. I am honored have known your father & grandfather. A kind, reserved man with a wry sense of humor. He was a truly wonderful man who will live on in my memories forever.
April 10, 2021
Hello dear cousins and family,
My most endearing memory of Uncle Roy, my godfather, is from my college days. I was in New Jersey, and felt far from home. He always wrote me letters, long letters, as he was traveling from one place to another! Sometimes I felt like I was traveling with him, as the words he wrote sounded just like he was sitting in front of me talking to me. And of course Jason and I were thrilled that he came to our wedding 10 years ago! Most of all, I remember visiting him 2 years ago and treasure that moment. Love and hugs to you all,
April 10, 2021
I met Roy a couple times through Lauri his daughter, he was a kind person, easy to visit with.
He donated several times to our Non Profit Organization Agape Fosters🐾, which was so appreciated.
Condolences to our good friend and his loving daughter Lauri who visited and cared for her Dad often over the years, and to the rest of his family.
May he rest in peace.
April 10, 2021
As a PER of West Des Moines Elks Lodge# 2752, I considered Roy a great man, father, and grandfather to his families. He was loyal to all he came in contact with. My sincere condolences to the family. Jim Tymeson
April 9, 2021
So very sorry to hear of your loss. He was sure good to his grandkids
April 9, 2021
Love to all - Sheila, Bill, Cameron,
Sharon. Lauren, Rick and Brad,
My memories go back to high school days. Grandpa Wingers used to take your dad and me to Chilton for piano and violin lessons every week and our teacher thought your dad could be some famous violinist! I also remember he played a memorable baritone solo at his graduation. Music and raising flowers were on his list of priorities. Many precious memories. Then there was all that mowing, shoveling snow, helping Grandpa Wingers at Marytown parish grounds and catching gophers in the cemetery!
Wish I could be with you at this time.
Love and prayers,