Jack W. Royston

  • Born: June 27, 1921
  • Died: March 13, 2016
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jack W. Royston, 94, passed away March 13, 2016 at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be 10 a.m., Thursday, March 17th at St. Patrick Catholic Church, burial with military honors will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Gay and Ciha Funeral Service where a Rosary service will begin at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jack's name can be made to Iowa City Hospice or St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Jack was born June 27, 1921 in Dayton, Ohio; son of Joe and Ina (Lovely) Royston. He proudly served in the US Marine Corp during WWII. Semper Fi was more than a moto for him, it was a way of life. Jack was a successful businessman in the insurance industry for over thirty years. After retiring, Jack started doing woodworking, a longtime dream of his. One of his favorite items to make were little tables and chairs for children, which he gave to young families and businesses. He also loved to golf and started the "Early Birds" golf league at High Point Golf Course. Other hobbies of his included photography, fishing and water skiing.

Jack never met a stranger and will be remembered by his never ending smile, friendliness, the gift to gab and sharing stories of his adventures. During the last years of his life he said if he had to live his life over again, he wouldn't change a thing!

He married Goldie (Schropp) on December 4, 1944 and raised four children. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 71 years; daughters, Sandy Romer (Larry) of Muscatine, Jill Royston and Kelly Royston of Iowa City; five grandchildren, Clint Royston (Natalie), Wendy Berry (Chad), Chad Romer (Megan), Nikki Romer and Heath Christianson; eight great-grandchildren and his brother, Ray Royston (Ellen) and their daughters, Melody and Amy of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and son William "Bill."


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry to have missed the funeral last year. Only have learned of his passing just today with the passing of Goldie. I learned a lot from his knowledge of the life insurance business.

Posted by James Surratt - Iowa City, IA - coworker   December 05, 2017

To the Royston Family,
My deepest sympathy to al of you. I grew up less then two blocks from you. My parents were good friends with Jack & Goldie. God bless you all.

Gail (Vineyard) O'Rear

Posted by Gail (Vineyard) O'Reaqr - North Liberty, IA - Friend   March 31, 2016

I remember my Uncle Jack and Aunt Goldie playing Monopoly with my parents at 709 6th Avenue in Coralville, all of the laughter and closeness of a family game at a kitchen table, one of many happy family memories. This was in the late 1950s. Later in life, when I was a student at the University of Iowa, he and Goldie invited me over for a dinner; Jack took a real interest in what I was studying, and what I though about life. He was kind, intelligent, and talented, and had what i thought was a wonderful, understated sense of humor. Jack was married to my mother's sister, but he was also, curiously, my father's half-nephew. He was a fine man.

Posted by Rebecca (Cochran) Umland - Kearney, NE - Family   March 31, 2016

My father, Paul Ipsen, worked with Jack in the late 60's while in the Insurance Business. He spoke so highly of Jack and his respect for his integrity as a person. What is more to say about this man's life that made his mark in the world by the way he loved and was loved in return, a true Christian.

Deepest Sympathies,
Madonna (Ipsen) Henn

Posted by Madonna Henn - Ocean Isle Beach, NC - Acquaintance   March 31, 2016

My condolences to Jack's family.

Posted by James Surratt - Iowa City - Coworker   March 19, 2016

My sincerest sympathies go out to all of my family in Iowa. I have so many wonderful memories of visiting and going out to dinner with Uncle Jack and Aunt Goldie when they would come to stay in New Port Richey, FL for some warm weather and lots of golf! I also remember how I had to look up to the sky to see him because to me he was one of the tallest men in the world just like his dad, my Poppy. My fondest memory, though, will always be the warm, tight hug he never failed to provide. Uncle Jack will forver be in my memories and my heart.

Posted by Amy Royston Danusis - Newmarket, NH - Family   March 16, 2016

Dear Aunt Goldie and family my heart breaks to hear about the loss of Uncle Jack. I will always and forever hold a special place in my heart and deep in my soul. He was a great Uncle one which can never be replaced. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. I know someday I will see him again. I love you Uncle Jack sending you hugs and kisses to heaven xoxo

Posted by Melody Royston - Seminole, FL - Family   March 16, 2016

You will be missed by so many. You always went above and beyond to make everyone feel special and loved and were an incredible, wonderful person. Sending prayers and thoughts to the family during this difficult time. I know your great grand children have learned a lot from you and will always remember you with love in their hearts.
Christy Johnston

Posted by Christy Johnston - Des Moines, IA   March 16, 2016

Jack was one of the finest people I ever met. I had the privilege of not only working with him but also considering him as a friend and a mentor. He truly made me a better man and I thank him for all he did for me.

May he rest in peace and may his family find solace in his dedication to them and the love he showed them.

Mike Saresky

Posted by Mike Saresky - Olathe, KS - Friend   March 16, 2016

Kelly sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers. Keep all the good memories in your heart forever. God Bless

Posted by Dan Hayslett - Iowa City, IA - Friend   March 15, 2016

You will be great missed

Posted by Annie Kofron - Iowa City, IA - Acquaintance   March 15, 2016

Goldie and Family,
We were caught by surprise, when we saw this mornings paper. Phyllis and I have very good memories of Jack & Goldie over the years. My father and Jack worked together many years ago and had a very good friendship. We will have you in our prayers and thoughts. Our deepest sympathy to your whole family !
Gene & Phyllis Vineyard

Posted by Gene Vineyard - Iowa City, IA - Friend   March 15, 2016

Goldie and family,
Jack meant a lot to many of his golfing friends as he certainly did to you. Cactus Jack is more than a memory, he was a friend. Thanks for sharing him.

Posted by Lou Eichler - Hot springs Village, AR - Friend   March 15, 2016

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