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“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...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Gail (Vineyard) O'Reaqr - IA

“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...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Rebecca (Cochran) Umland - NE

“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...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Madonna Henn - Ocean Isle Beach, NC

“My condolences to Jack's family. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: James Surratt - Iowa City

“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...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Amy Royston Danusis - Newmarket, NH

“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...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Melody Royston - Seminole, FL

“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. ...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Christy Johnston - Des Moines, IA

“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...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Mike Saresky - Olathe, KS

“Kelly sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers. Keep all the good memories in your heart forever. God Bless ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Dan Hayslett - Iowa City, IA

“You will be great missed ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Annie Kofron - Iowa City, IA

“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...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Gene Vineyard - Iowa City, IA

“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. ...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Lou Eichler - Hot springs Village, AR


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."