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August 24, 1930 - April 25, 2022
In loving memory ~
Born in Medicine Hat Alberta to parents Ole and Walborg Nerland, Roy was the youngest of seven children, raised on his father's farm near Red Rock, and the last to leave this earth. His unbridled positivity and resilience to life's difficulties made him a shining example of what initiative and perseverance could overcome, and it defined who he was as a man.
Roy married Isabel Magdalen Stappler June 23rd, 1956, both being baptized into Christ in 1958, devout in their faith all their lives. He was a father to Iris, Carol, and Janice, and a grandfather to seven grandchildren, Rusty, Ross, Jordan, Joel, Jonathan, Janine, and Quinten. He was also a great-grandfather to Izzie, Annie, Easton, Hudson, Beckham, Sunnie, and Aspen. Roy was preceded in death by his wife Isabel eight years prior but was able to see the lasting impact his union with her created.
Roy was active in his community through farming, real estate, and church After twenty-three years of working with his hands on his farm near Seven Persons, Alberta on Holsom Road, Roy was diagnosed as a type one diabetic and was unable to continue on in this line of work.
Roy was known wherever he dwelt and was loved by every community he was a part of. In his last few years, Roy resided in Fernie, British Columbia under the care of his daughter Iris, where he could be seen scooting off daily, whatever the weather, for coffee and conversation.
A Celebration to commemorate Roy's life will be held in Medicine Hat this summer.