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George Roy

April 29, 1932-Sept. 30, 2008

George L. Roy, 76, of Mahnomen, died on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at the Fargo VA Medical Center in Fargo.

George Louis Roy was born the son of Paul and Frances (Manypenny) Roy on April 29, 1932 in White Earth. As a child, he lived with his grandmother in White Earth, later attending school in Flandreau, S.D. In 1952, George entered the United States Army, where he served as a paratrooper. He proudly served in the 82nd Airborne during the Korean Conflict.

While on leave from the military in 1953, George returned home and married Patricia Smith in Detroit Lakes. Upon his honorable discharge, the couple moved to Detroit Lakes, and George began studying carpentry at the Detroit Lakes Vocational College. George and Patsy later moved to Fargo, where he became employed with United Roofing Company. He continued carpentry work until a back injury forced his retirement in the late 1990s. A few years later, George and Patsy moved to Mahnomen to be closer to family.

George was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan, and enjoyed watching their weekly games. In his younger years, George also enjoyed boxing. He was an excellent cook and especially liked to prepare large Sunday dinners for his family. A devoted Christian, he spent many hours reading the Bible. George truly loved his family and cherished his wife and each of their 11 children. He joyously accepted all of his sons and daughters-in-law as well as all of the grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

George is survived by his wife, Patsy; four daughters, Karen Berg of Mahnomen, Evelyn (Michael) Williams of Mahnomen, Barbara (Wade) Roy of West Fargo and Donna (Paul) Carpenter of Mapleton, N.D.; four sons, Michael (Carol) Conners of Callaway, Leonard (Laura) Roy of Strawberry Lake, John (Wendy) Roy of Mahnomen and Clarence (Brenda) Roy of Moorhead; two sisters, Roberta Brown and JoAnn Parker, both of Minneapolis; two brothers, Marvin Mannypenny of White Earth and John Parker of Elbow Lake, Minn.; as well as 27 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Paul Roy Jr.; a sister, Carol LaFave; two sons, Milton Roy and George Roy Jr.; a daughter, Renee Roy; and a great granddaughter, Alica Roy.

Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, with a 6:30 a.m. Prayer Service, at Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home in Mahnomen.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in White Earth, with the Rev. Jerry Orsino, OMI, presiding. Donna Roy, Orvin Berg, Andy Roy, George Roy, Adam Berg, Derik Berg, Louis Ihry, and Joseph Roy will serve as pallbearers. All of George's grandchildren and great grandchildren will be honorary bearers. Military honors will be provided by the Issacson-Bjorge Post No. 31 of the American Legion.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in White Earth. Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger, Minn. An online guest book is available at