Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Roy Burgoyne

Roy Burgoyne

GEORGETOWN – Roy G. Burgoyne, 80, of Georgetown went to be with the Lord on Monday (July 16, 2012). He was surrounded by family at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
He was born April 23, 1932, to Philip James Burgoyne and Marie (Ramsey) Burgoyne of Georgetown.
Roy met his soul mate, Mary Lou (Winland) Burgoyne, in high school at a Christian function. They were married on Nov. 1, 1953.
She survives along with twin daughters, Darla "Dee" Marie Ardis of Peoria and Karla (Ron) Howard of Georgetown; three grandchildren, Philip Sporcich of Oakwood, Brock and Cydney Ardis of Peoria; and two stepgrandchildren, Jennifer (Hector) Pulgar of Chile and Mandy (Jon) Wagner of Marion, Ill.
Roy attended the University of Illinois and was drafted into the U.S. Navy as a petty officer, serving aboard the USS Gherardi from 1952 to 1954. He faithfully attended the ship reunions the past 15 years serving as co-president and then secretary. He treasured his relationships with his fellow crewmen.
Roy joined his grandfather, Roy Lake "Pop" Burgoyne, and parents, "Phil" and Marie Burgoyne, in the family business, "Burgoyne's Flowers Shop & Greenhouses," which was established in 1909. Roy and Mary Lou worked side by side in the business for nearly 60 years.
Roy's other passions were demonstrated by his commitment to community service. This included being president of the JayCees; president of the Georgetown school board; 30 years on the Vermilion County Historical Society Board; 32nd degree Mason; member of the First Church of Christ; and member of American Legion Dornblaser Post 203.
After his retirement in 2005, Roy and Mary Lou enjoyed attending their grandchildren's school and sporting events and taking them four-wheeling at the family farm.
He took pride in sharing his often "purposeful" thoughts and his guidance in their growing years which inspired them to be hard workers and be involved in their community.
Roy was a HUGE Illini fan; he bled orange and blue, much to the annoyance of his many Hoosier neighbors.
If you even engaged in conversation with Roy, you would remember his blue eyes, cheerfulness, thoughtful and warm conversations.
A celebration of Roy's life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown. He will be laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be given in his name to: The Vermilion County Historical Society or the American Cancer Society.
Please join Roy's family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
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