Paul R. Royer, 72, Ephrata, Vietnam vet, natural gas pipeline worker, had a big heart

By on June 1, 2016

Paul R. Royer, 72, of Ephrata, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Philadelphia to the late Paul A. and Marie A. (Hennessey) Royer, and was the husband of Vickey A. Royer, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage.

Paul worked as a senior right-of-way agent in the natural gas pipeline industry the majority of his working career. He served his country in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Paul enjoyed music, movies and working outdoors on his lawn and gardens. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing, watching NASCAR races, football games, hockey games and forever was a huge Penn State fan. Paul was a generous man with a very big heart who enjoyed meeting people, was always loved by his family and will be deeply missed.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: Christian B. Royer and Connor R. Royer, of Ephrata; two daughters: Renee M., wife of Jared Penland, of Texas; Candace S., wife of Chad Crawford, of Arkansas; five grandchildren: Declan Royer, Quinn and Emery Penland, Abigail and Carlie Crawford; two step-children: Julie L., wife of Kevin Barnett, of Missouri; Brian J., husband of Jordan Wortsmith, of Arizona; five step-grandchildren: Jillian, Ellie and Kallie Barnett, Duncan and Evan Wortsmith; a brother: David F., husband of Lisa Royer, of Texas; two sisters: Ann Fleckenstein of Texas; and Margy R., wife of Alan Boal, of Pennsylvania.

A visitation will be held Saturday, June 4, from 8 to 9 a.m., followed by a memorial service at the Stradling Funeral Home, 201 Church Ave., Ephrata. A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 4, at the Pine Hall Cemetery, State College.

Memorial contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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