Roy Lee Roop, Sr.
March 5, 1927 – May 17, 2014
Roy Lee Roop, Sr., age 87, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family.
Born on March 5, 1927 in Twin Branch, WV, he was the son of the late David Roop and Minnie Bedwell Roop.
Roy proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Carpenter’s Mate Third Class.
On June 25, 1949, he married the love of his life, the former Juanita J. Barker. Together they were blessed with six wonderful children.
Roy began his career as a machinist with Pennsylvania Railroad. Later he went to work for Penn Central and after many years of dedicated service with the railroad retired from Amtrak. Following his retirement and until most recently, he worked as a security officer at White House Beach in Millsboro.
He was a former member and lieutenant for the Wilmington Auxiliary Police.
In his younger years, Roy enjoyed racing motorcycles. Throughout his life he maintained a passion for motorcycles and was an avid fisherman. Until his illness no longer permitted him to do so, he loved riding his Harley Davidson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, three sisters and his beloved poodle, Sparkie.
He leaves many fond memories to his beloved wife of more than 64 years, Juanita; six children, Becky Harrison of Claymont, Cathy Halliday of New Castle, Trish Geary (Bob) of Dover, R. Lee Roop, Jr. (Tammy) of Bear, David Roop of Wilmington and Donna McConnell (Tony) of Townsend; brother, Luther Roop of Townsend; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and his loving and compassionate poodle, Petey.
On behalf of the Roop family, they would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to all of the wonderful and dedicated nurses and caregivers at Christiana Care and Compassionate Care Hospice.
Friends may visit with Roy’s family from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday evening, May 22, 2014 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A committal service with full military honors will be held at 11:00 am on Friday morning, May 23, 2014 in the chapel at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Roy’s memory to the SPCA, 455 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713.