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“I'm missing you more everyday big brother... How I wish you were here to tell me to chill out..RIP love you alwaysNisey ”
1 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - Los angeles, CA

“Missing You ”
2 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - Los Angeles, CA

“It has been so hard to grasp the fact that last month you've been gone a year....going to Iowa this week. Will go by the old house just to be close...Read More »
3 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - Los Angeles, CA

“Missing you. Was in Iowa City for a visit a few weeks ago. Couldn't help but drive by the old bar and your house on Melrose. Miss your laugh my...Read More »
4 of 44 | Posted by: Laura Luxenburg - Gilbert, AZ

“#StillMissingU#1Year! ”
5 of 44 | Posted by: LadyBurd - Sister

“Missing you today. I thought of you a lot on Duper bowel Sunday. Hey I know you watched it with Cap luv u ”
6 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - Los Angeles, CA

“Peace ”
7 of 44 | Posted by: Justin - Family

“Hey Roy, Visiting you this week was so special. I finally really realize you are at peace. While I sat beside you at grave and spoke to you softly...Read More »
8 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - Los Angeles, CA

“My first Christmas without my big brother was a difficult one but, hey Roy I made it. The family met at the family home as they do every year trying...Read More »
9 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - Los Angeles, CA

“Thinking of you today on your birthday, Roy. Tonight I am taking a meditation class from the yoga instructor you liked so well. You must have...Read More »
10 of 44 | Posted by: Nancy Meads - Stilwell, KS

“Missing you more and more everyday. Your birthday is this month in November. Happy birthday big brother and continue to rest in the bosom of God. It...Read More »
11 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - Los Angeles, CA

“I just learned of Roy's passing. My tears are streaming as I write this. He was a dear friend to me when I worked in college at Slater Hall. He...Read More »
12 of 44 | Posted by: Kim Baer - Des Moines, IA

“Wow it's June already and it's almost two months since you left us No more stress for you now you are resting until we see you again. Sweet dreams...Read More »
13 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - Los Angeles, CA

“Hi Roy, I'm thinking about something you told me in the car on our drive from Birmingham Ala to Iowa City to College. You said "Logic will get you...Read More »
14 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - Los Angeles, CA

“Missing you today ”
15 of 44 | Posted by: Laura Luxenburg - Gilbert, AZ

“Hi Big brother at work thinking about you. planning to visit you soon. I'm still hoping this is a bad dream and I'm going to wake up soon.... God...Read More »
16 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - los Angeles, CA

“Hi big brother... Sitting here thinking about when we were young and I remember the day you left for college. I would always Bragg to others about my...Read More »
17 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - los angeles, CA

“(((((((ROY))))))))) ”
18 of 44 | Posted by: LADYBYRD - Sister

“I really just wanted to say some more about my friend Roy. We knew each other for 20 years and kept in regular contact over those years. I am at...Read More »
19 of 44 | Posted by: Angi - Des Moines, IA - Friend

“To Mr Roy family I'm truly sorry for the sudden passing of Mr. Roy and I know he is up in heaven with our heavenly father at eternal rest.... he is...Read More »
20 of 44 | Posted by: Adrienne France - Rock Island, IL

“This is still a real shock ! Rest in peace uncle Roy ' I remember the first conversation I had with you ' you were telling me about all the property...Read More »
21 of 44 | Posted by: Saevonne (muffin) - Mount Vernon, NY

“I am completely heart broken. Roy was such a great friend to me. I just was in contact with him 3 wks ago. I met him back in 1995. He was such a...Read More »
22 of 44 | Posted by: Angi - Des Moines, IA - Friend

“I worked for Roy at the Que when I was 19. I have vivid memories of that time, things he said and the many times he gave me advice. I approach life...Read More »
23 of 44 | Posted by: Alexandra Elias - San Diego, CA

“With condolence to anyone who knew him, for he was a great man with a warm heart, a great laugh and a cool attitude. My God comfort all! ”
24 of 44 | Posted by: Joab Ortiz - Overland Park, KS

“The news of Roy's passing both surprised and upset me. I was an employee at the Que from 1997-2000 and got to know Roy fairly well through the years....Read More »
25 of 44 | Posted by: Jay Clinkinbeard - Omaha, NE

“I first met Roy in 1978 when we lived in the same apartment building. We became close friends over time, and through him I met some of my best...Read More »
26 of 44 | Posted by: Kathy Thede-Reynolds - Coralville, IA

“I used to raw up on thetsketball court at the Old field house in Iowa city being 66 300 pounds I would slam raw to the floor time after time but one...Read More »
27 of 44 | Posted by: Tyrone Dye - Sebastian, FL

“I used to raw up on thetsketball court at the Old field house in Iowa city being 66 300 pounds I would slam raw to the floor time after time but one...Read More »
28 of 44 | Posted by: Tyrone Dye - Sebastian, FL

“I met Roy Yelder when I was just a kid trying to get through college and figure out life like so many. Roy's advice and encouragement was unlike any...Read More »
29 of 44 | Posted by: Mary (Hutchison) Kanowitz - TN

“Really gonna miss this Guy....You were a great inspiration to my 4 young mens..They really looked up to you..Go on and take ur rest. GGoodly takes...Read More »
30 of 44 | Posted by: Betty Mcconico - Greenville, AL

“So sorry to see that Roy has passed away. We met Roy many years ago when he hired us to service his pool tables at the Que Bar. Roy was an awesome...Read More »
31 of 44 | Posted by: Don & Judy- Cedar Rapids Billiards - IA

“I met Roy through Marvin Sims. It's so true how nice Roy was. He amazed me as he was always trying new ventures, never afraid to take the risk. I...Read More »
32 of 44 | Posted by: Letha Voight - North Liberty, IA

“My deepest sympathies go out to Roy's family and friends. He was a genuine friend to all, and truly cared about people around him. I am grateful...Read More »
33 of 44 | Posted by: Kevin Peterson - Rock Island, IL

“Roy Yelder was my friend and mentor. He led others with style, humility, and compassion. He was always learning and innovating. He taught me more...Read More »
34 of 44 | Posted by: Ingrid Madsen - Iowa City, IA

“I feel such sadness to learn of Roy's passing. What a guy! My sister Letha and I did housework for him for several years. If he was there, we'd...Read More »
35 of 44 | Posted by: Jackie Huffman - North Liberty, IA

“Roy and I had a great working relationship through his property on Washington Street in downtown Iowa City. He was so helpful when it was raining...Read More »
36 of 44 | Posted by: Karen Kubby - Iowa City, IA

“Saddened to hear about Roy's passing. I got to know Roy several years ago through his business interests in the area. He was more than just a...Read More »
37 of 44 | Posted by: Larry Kreindel

“I am truly sadden to learn of Roy's passing. I have known Roy for many years, as I first met him when he was an undergraduate student at The...Read More »
38 of 44 | Posted by: David Coleman - Iowa City, IA

Roy, Amaya and me, circa 2007. “Roy was a very long time friend, mentor and amazing individual. I jad the opportunity to work for Roy 28+ years ago. We remained in contact since. He...Read More »
39 of 44 | Posted by: Laura Luxenburg - Gilbert, AZ

“Didn't see you around too much but always heard the good things you were doing..Rest in Peace.Roy. ”
40 of 44 | Posted by: jerry nelson - IA - friend/

“I can not put in words what you meant to me. Your smile ,the sound of your laugh...oh God why now? I can not comprehend that you are gone as in...Read More »
41 of 44 | Posted by: Marilyn Yelder - Los Angeles, CA

“"Thank you" Roy's small nod and slight smile the moment he knew you understood whatever point he was making. Well, thank you Roy for making such a...Read More »
42 of 44 | Posted by: Amy DeDoncker - Loveland, CO

“Roy was a super friend and brother. He was always a good person to work with or just hang out. I am sure he will continue his work in the afterlife. ”
43 of 44 | Posted by: David Nash - Iowa City, IA

“If you didn't want to know, you shouldn't have asked. I will so miss his laugh. Popo ”
44 of 44 | Posted by: Rose Thomas - Iowa City, IA


Roy Lee Yelder, a longtime area businessman, died this past week of natural causes in his home.

A time for family and friends to share Roy's life will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Gay Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service on Muscatine Avenue. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Arrington Funeral Home in Roy's hometown of Birmingham, Alabama with burial to follow at the Zion Rest Cemetery in Forest Home, Alabama. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web site @ www.gayandciha.com

Roy was born on November 30 in Forest Home, Alabama. Following his high school graduation, he headed north and enrolled at the Palmer Chiropractic School in the Quad Cities, but quickly switched gears to the University of Iowa, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. He worked in both the Financial Aid and Special Support Services offices before starting his business careers.

For over 20 years he owned and operated the Que-Bar in downtown Iowa City as well as owning many rental and commercial properties throughout eastern Iowa. In recent years he worked with city entities to rehab older commercial structures and give the structures renewed purpose. Roy also earned his pilot's license, and loved to fly his plane.

Roy liked nice things: nice food, nice clothes, nice cars, and nice people. And he was nice in return by giving his time through advice, encouragement, and example to help others reach their potential.

Roy is survived by his Uncle, Claude Hardaway Jr. of Birmingham AL, siblings Karen Gordon, Sandra Frost, Terry Hill and James Hill all of Birmingham AL, Marilyn Yelder of Mephis TN, Julia Ware of Madison AL, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many great friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Annie Jean Yelder and West Granson, two sisters Jessie Garner and Delores Douglas, and his grandmother "Sister" Jessie Frost.