Roy L. Wolverton
REED CITY — Roy L. Wolverton, 89, formerly of Reed City, passed away on Feb. 26, 2017, at Curry House in Cadillac.
Roy was born Aug. 19, 1927, in Reed City, to Ernest W. and Faye O. (Ofterdinger) Wolverton. Roy had six siblings who preceded him in death, Ted Smith (Jean); Francis “Frick” Smith (Alta); Mary Oakes (Frank); Harold Smith (Mabel); Charles “Charlie” Smith (Dorothy); and Marjorie Seelhoff (Luther).
Roy married Rose Marie Burns on Aug. 4, 1946. She preceded Roy in death in 2009. Roy and Rose Marie had two children, Charles (Sally), of Bear Lake, and Laura Dahlquist (Joseph), of Reed City; seven grandchildren, Laurie Cendrowski (Scott), of Paris, Brian Dahlquist (Carrie), of Rockford, Stacy Gilland (Josh), of Reed City, Julie Hatchew (Al), of Big Rapids, Laine Embrey (Justin), of Morton, Ill., Kendra Wolverton, of Peoria, Ill., and David Dahlquist (Daisy), of Kalamazoo; two step-grandchildren, Jack Cooley, Jr. (Andrea), of Big Rapids, and Jennifer Cooley, of Traverse City; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Roy played on the Reed City High School basketball team that was runner-up state champions in 1945 and graduated from Reed City High School in 1946. Roy enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1946 and was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., and in Tokyo, Japan during occupation immediately following World War II. Roy was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and served as Commander of the Reed City Post in in 1955 and 1956, earning the Distinguished Service Pin. Roy was a member of the Michigan State Champion VFW Drill Team that competed in the National Drill Team Competitions in the 1950s in Philadelphia and Milwaukee, taking third place and seventh place. The Reed City VFW Drill Squad was a sight to see back in the day as they performed in parades and competitions, the result of many hours of practice on the football field.
Upon his return from the Army, Roy worked at a Reed City gasoline service station and in 1952 Roy managed a new service station for Standard Oil Company, located where H & R Block is now located, back in the time when U.S. 131 was “Mackinaw Trail” as the route to the Straits of Mackinaw. In 1954 Roy began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in Reed City as a rural mail carrier, eventually working his way up to Postmaster, a position Roy held until his retirement in 1985. Roy’s favorite activities prior to retirement were golf and spending time at “Deer Camp” in Cedar Township in Osceola County. Roy was a firefighter for the Reed City Fire Department for 33 years.
Roy and Rose Marie spent 24 years of their retirement living in Florida enjoying golf and other retirement community activities. Roy returned to live in Michigan after Rose Marie’s death.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday April 22, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 22275 Four Mile Road, Reed City, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars to help veterans in need. An online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at pruittlivingston.com.