ROY E. MC COLLEY
GILMORE CITY – Roy E. McColley, 90, of Gilmore City, passed away May 13, 2014 at the Israel Family Hospice Home in Ames. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014, at the Faith United Methodist Church in Gilmore City with the Rev. Charles Luers officiating. Internment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Weaver Township, east of Gilmore City, overlooking the family farm with full Military honors by the Adams American Legion Post 119 and Sathers-Odgaard VFW Post 5240. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt with Masonic Memorial services at 7:30 p.m.
Roy Edson McColley, the son of Charles Byron and Partha Ethel (Wilson) McColley, was born November 16, 1923 at Puyallup, Washington. He was raised in Glenn Cove near Gig Harbor in Puget Sound, Washington and graduated from Vaughn High School. In August of 1943, Roy was drafted into the United States Army and served in the European Theatre during World War II. Following his honorable discharge on December 27, 1945, he returned to work on his father’s ranch on high prairie above Lyle, Washington. It was while working on the Box “T” Ranch that Roy met and fell in love with Lora Omeg. The couple was united in marriage on August 21, 1949. Through the GI Bill, Roy furthered his education at Washington State University before transferring to Iowa State University where he received his degree in Animal Science. In 1953, Roy and Lora purchased farmground adjacent to his parent’s farm in Humboldt County and made their home on the century farm where they raised their six children. They farmed together untilretiring in 1985. They remained on the farm until September of 2011 when they moved to Bickford Cottage in Ames.
Roy was a long-time member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Gilmore City where he sang in the church choir. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star and served as a past president of the Gilmore City/Bradgate School Board. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, a past member of the Lions Club, and a member of the Neighborhood Card Club. He and Lora also enjoyed golfing and had been long time members of the Rolfe Golf Course.
Roy is survived by his wife, Lora of Bethany Manor in Story City; his children, H. Wayne (Daisy) McColley of Bozrah, CT, Mark McColley of Des Moines, Marla (John) Norman of Rutland, Robert (Lee) McColley of Kansas City, KS, Richard (Cammie) McColley of Ames, and James (Tammy) McColley of Jacksonville, FL; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Robert, Myron, Warren, Doris, and Phillip.