The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

April 13, 2014

Roy Edgar Layman

PORTAGE — LAYMAN – Roy Edgar, 98, Maple Winds/Autumn’s View, Portage, formerly of Palestine Road, Salix, passed peacefully to his reward on April 11, 2014. His kind and gentle spirit will remain with us always. Roy was born March 1, 1916, on the Layman farm, Hershberger, Adams Township, sixth child of 13 of the late Ira B. and Lizzie (Rigby) Layman. In 1940, Roy was married to Veleda A. (Todd), who preceded him to heaven on May 6, 1995. He was also preceded in death by sisters: Esther Keiper, Ruth Baumgardner and Gladys and Grace Layman, and brothers: Ira Glenn, Earl, Ralph, Kenneth, Dean and Harold Layman. Also great-great-grandson, Tyler Scott Wolfhope. Roy is survived by his four children: Carole, wife of Raymond E. Wolfhope, Palestine Road, South Fork; Sandra, wife of Gary L. Mader, Windber; Harlan, married to former Sharon Howarth, New Cumberland; and Cheryl, widow of Barry Spiker, Salix. There are eight grandchildren: Renee (John) Gentile, Westerly, R.I.; Judy (Doug) Nagy, Salix; Trudy (Mike) McDevitt, Salix; Michelle (Jeff) Kostan, Portage; Scott (Angel) Mader, Johnstown; Brent (widower of Jennifer) Mader, Titusville; Jennifer Long, Mechanicsburg; and Eric Layman, Mechanicsburg. There are 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Roy’s surviving siblings are: Paul Layman, Johnstown, and Evelyn Brumbaugh, Seanor. There are many special nieces, nephews and cousins. Roy was a heavy-equipment operator, member of International Union of Operating Engineers for 63 years. He retired in 1982. Roy enjoyed bowling, senior citizens groups, Beulahlanders, bus trips and being an active member of Beulah United Methodist Church. He was a member of Sunnehanna Lodge #42 of Johnstown for 69 years. He took great pride in caring for the homes and properties he had lived in, and set the pace for mowing the grass! Roy was faithful to the end, doing for others, helping whoever he could. He loved family get-togethers, reunions, visiting friends and shut-ins, and “GOING FOR A RIDE!!!” Arrangements for burial of Roy E. Layman are in charge of Geisel Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Roy’s memory to Beulah United Methodist Church, 716 Bedford St., Johnstown, Pa. 15902. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is so appreciative of the wonderful care provided Dad these last four and a half years at Autumn’s View and Maple Winds, his home away from home. He made many friendships, and “the girls” truly cared for him. Horizons Hospice made Dad comfortable in his last days, and we are grateful for their compassion and ministry. Godspeed, Dad!

 

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