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Roy Lee Roop, Sr.  

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.

 

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  1. Ms Selby, May 19, 2014

    I would like to offer my condolences to the entire family and to the close friends of the family. During this time of loss Gods word the Bible offers comfort please read in yours Matthew 5:4,5 Psalms 83:18 Rev. 21:3,4

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  2. Dominick Mannella, May 19, 2014

    My thoughts and prays go out to the family in your time of need may The Lord be with you and guide you through this tough time.

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  3. Bob and Trina Snow, May 19, 2014

    We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the Roop family. We first met Roy and Sparkie when we rented a boat slip at WHB in early 1990. He stopped us, asked who we were, where we lived and why we were there. Before long he was showing us places that were for sale as we expressed our interest in someday living at WHB. Just a few years later, we moved in directly behind him. Roy was a great neighbor! He had a kind heart and never hesitated to help anyone, despite his hard exterior. He always had candy to give to the kids including our own grandchildren. They looked for him everytime they were there, and he became known as ‘Uncle Roy’. Also, our dog Cola, will always bark at silver cars thinking it’s him. He always had treats for her as well! She beame more interested in seeing ‘Uncle Roy’ than Petie. When he got his last Harley, he took us for a ride. It was to be a short ride around WHB but he took us down to Massey’s and back! He was so proud!! We had lots of good times and conversations with Roy. He was a kind, passionate man and we will miss him!!!!

    His neighbor at 117 White House, Bob and Trina Snow

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    • Lee Roop(Jr), May 22, 2014

      Thank you for the kind words. We will all miss Roy.

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  4. Carter Knotts, May 20, 2014

    My family and I would like to extend our sympathy to your family during this sad time. We came to know Roy when we purchased our summer place in WHB in 2001. He was a fun person to be around and our children along with many others enjoyed seeing Roy, as he always had candy for them! He certainly enjoyed handing them the candy, and he told me himself the Thanks he received was the smile on the children’s face. He appeared ROUGH to them but they all knew where Mr. Roy stood! I myself am glad that I had the opportunity to talk with him a couple of weeks ago, he expressed that he wasn’t feeling the greatest…but we all knew Roy he gave 100 percent. Roy I’ll miss the good conversation that we had over the last thirteen years, you told me a lot of stories and I’ll cherish them for a lifetime. May God take great care of you. Thanks for all the laugh’s! You were a wonderful person. Rest in peace. To Roy’s family Thanks for sharing him with us all, he’ll truly be missed. God Bless you all during this time.

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  5. Pauline & Sheila McKinney, May 20, 2014

    Dearest Trish, we are saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that our prayers are with you. We love you all. Pauline (Mamaw) and Sheila McKinney.

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  6. George H. Alexander, III, May 21, 2014

    My sincerest condolences for the loss of Roy. I served with Roy in the Wilmington Auxiliary Police and held the rank of SGT. under his command. I know he will dearly missed.

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