Former Kenai Peninsula resident Royce Byron Thompson died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, from natural causes at the Pioneer Home in Palmer. He was 84.
A private family burial will be held at the Ninilchik Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Soldotna Nazarene Church.
Mr. Thompson was born Sept. 27, 1917, in Richland, Ore. He served in World War II as a sergeant in the army stationed in the South Pacific.
He married Edith Blanchard in 1946. They raised four children in Bates, Ore., where he worked as a millwright for 18 years.
In 1967, the family moved to Ninilchik, where Mr. Thompson worked as head custodian of the Ninilchik School for 15 years. He was a member of the Nazarene Church in Soldotna for 18 years and the Anchor Point Nazarene Church until his death.
"Royce is remembered as a very loving, affectionate father and grandpa with a great sense of humor and will be deeply missed by his family," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith, in 1985, and by his second wife, Jean, in 2000.
Mr. Thompson is survived by his four children, Robert Thompson of Ninilchik, Beth Stevens of Nikiski, Joyce Chesney of Kasilof and Carl Thompson of Sterling, and eight grandchildren.
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