Royce D. Ewoldt, 81, of Traer, formerly of Waterloo, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer.
He was born July 24, 1932 on a family farm, southeast of Traer; the son of Elmer and Mildred (Jacobsen) Ewoldt. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith. Royce received his education in the country school, Perry No. 6 and the Traer High School, graduating in 1950. He attended AIB College in Des Moines for a short time. Royce worked with his father on the farm and Cas Feed Store until entering the U.S. Air Force in 1953 and serving until 1957. He was very proud to serve his country. On December 19, 1954 he was united in marriage to Patricia Green at the United Brethren Church in Toledo. After his honorable discharge, Royce and Pat made their home on a farm near Traer. In 1988 they purchased a home in Dysart. Royce continued to farm with his sons until his sudden illness this November.
Royce enjoyed working with his sons and his grandchildren, teaching them the family heritage, how to enjoy God's creation and to farm to the best of their ability. Royce was a good provider for his family. His most important advice to them was to be honest, and fair in their dealings, and to keep their word and credibility good. Royce was a member of the Dysart United Methodist Church, Dysart American Legion Post #335 and Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church in Waterloo.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Traer; three sons, Barry (Cheryl) of Traer, Brian (Angela) of Traer, Cory (Dawn) of Hiawatha; six grandchildren, Joshua (Tasha) of Traer, Lance of Cedar Falls, Brieanna, Brandon, Marissa and Jamison; three great-granddaughters, Braelyn, Kruiz and Kaeler and one brother, Loren (Pauline) of Traer.
Royce was preceded in death by his father in January 1985, a brother, Norman in January 1987, his mother in July 1995 and a brother, Sherman in August 1995.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Kimball Avenue United Methodist Church in Waterloo. Burial with full military honors will be in the Buckingham Cemetery in rural Traer. Military Honors will be conducted by Traer American Legion Post 142, Dysart American Legion Post 335 and the US Air Force Honors Detail. Public visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel in Waterloo and also one hour before the service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the family for donation to charities to be determined later.
Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com. *