GIBSON CITY — Jack W. Royal, 84, of Gibson City, died at 7:44 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2019, surrounded by his family at his residence.
A celebration of his life was at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at the Gibson City United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Tennyson officiating. A Masonic service was at 1 p.m., followed by visitation until 4 p.m. at the church. Inurnment was in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City, with full military honors. Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City was assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Royal was born Aug. 11, 1934, a son to Walter J. and Marguerite Slaughter Royal. He married Marlene Milligan on Dec. 6, 1958, at the Melvin Methodist Church.
Surviving is his loving wife of 60 years, Marlene Royal of Gibson City; his children, Steve (Kim) Royal of Ogden, Denise (Jerry) Sanders of Loda and Chris (Gloria) Royal of Hebron, Ky.; six grandchildren, Nick (Montana) Royal, Kasey and Kyle Sanders and Victoria, Kevin and Michael Royal; and two great-grandchildren, Rinley and Hickson Royal.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Royal; and a sister, Carole Rhodes.
Mr. Royal was a U.S. postal carrier in Gibson City from 1956 to 1994 and a farmer for more than 50 years, retiring in 2010. He proudly served in the U.S. Army/Air Force during the Korean War.
Mr. Royal was a lifelong member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church, a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge #733 A.F. & A.M. and a member of the Gibson City school board.
Mr. Royal was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He was treasured by his family and will be greatly missed.
Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church Organ Fund, Shriners Children’s Hospital or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences and memories may be shared with his family at www.rosenbaumfh.com.