Wilbur Royer Obituary

Wilbur B. Royer
Wilbur B. Royer
Wilbur B. Royer

March 20, 1917 - September 3, 2008
Born in Rural Dallas Center, IA
Resided in Charles City, IA
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Wilbur B. Royer died on September 3, 2008 at the age of 91.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 8, 2008 at the Minburn United Methodist Church in Minburn with burial to follow at Brethren Cemetery in Dallas Center.

Wilbur was born on March 20, 1917 in rural Dallas Center, the second child of William Henry Royer and Bertha Mary Wise Royer, and grew up on the family farm that would be his home and workplace for all of his life. He graduated from Dallas Center High School in 1934. He attended Iowa State University where he was a member of Adelante Fraternity. He graduated in 1939 with a B.S. degree in agronomy and a passion for farming. Over his more than 80 years in farming, he raised cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans, oats and hay.

On July 22, 1945 he married Eleanor Katherine Anderson, a fellow ISU grad and home economics teacher, and they began their life together on the Royer Century Farm. They had three children, Mary Katherine Royer (David Lloyd), an attorney in New Jersey with two sons, David Mark and James Wilbur; Paul Henry Royer, M.D. (Beth), a doctor in Charles City with four children, Eric, Sarah, Anna and Luke, and Earl Wilbur Royer (Esther), a farmer in Dallas Center who shares his father's passion for farming and continues his work, with two daughters, Susan and Brittany.

Wilbur was a member of the Minburn United Methodist Church and Dallas County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed watching college sports, especially football and basketball, golf, coin collecting, photography, raising farm cats and travel. He enjoyed talking "farming" with the local farmers as he and Eleanor crisscrossed the country by car visiting relatives. He participated in local corn yield contests, excelling and receiving the Iowa Master Corn Growers' Award from Pioneer Seeds for high yields in five different years.

He is survived by his children, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Mary Esther Anderson and Janice Miles, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Eleanor, his wife of 62 years, predeceased him, passing away on February 29, 2008. He was also predeceased by his parents; older brother, Kenneth; sister-in-law, Esther Royer and nephew, Lawrence Royer.

Visitation with the family present will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday at Iles Funeral Homes-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial to be chosen later.





Brandt Dallas Center
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA US 50063
Sunday, September 7, 2008
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Minburn United Methodist Church
Minburn, IA US
Monday, September 8, 2008
10:30 AM
Brethren Cemetery
Dallas Center, IA US 50063
Monday, September 8, 2008


THE FAMILY c/o Iles Funeral Homes-Brandt Dallas Center Chapel
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA 50063