Royce G. Friend

Died April 23, 2018


Royce G. Friend, 84, of Fairview passed away peacefully at The Home at Wellspring Lutheran Services, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years, on Monday, April 23, 2018.

Royce was born in Oakwood, Ohio, on Feb. 8, 1934, to Forest and Margaret (Morris) Friend. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 6. Royce graduated from Quincy High School in Quincy, and from Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada. He served on the staff at Camp Barakel for 14 years, where he was in charge of new construction and where he met his wife, Beverly. They were married in 1961. Royce worked for Au Sable Valley Builders for more than 30 years, where he got his electrical license and later his electrical contractor license. After retirement, he and his wife did volunteer work in the winter with SIM (formerly the Sudan Interior Mission) in Charlotte, N.C.; and at their retirement village in Sebring, Fla. Royce was a member of the Mio Baptist Church.

Royce is survived by his wife, Beverly (Weinberg) Friend; his children, David and Elizabeth (Douglas) Stockwell; his grandchildren, Deborah (Sam) Bragg and Andrew; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Forest and Margaret (Morris) Friend; his sisters, Glenna and Eloise; and his brothers, Vearl, Bernard, Rolland and William.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 4-8 p.m. at the Lashley Funeral Home, Mio, and also Friday, April 27, from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. at the Mio Baptist Church, Mio, with the Rev. Glynn McMorris and Rev. Douglas Stockwell officiating. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow the services. Interment of ashes will be at a later date at Fairview Cemetery, Fairview.

Memorial donations may be made to The Home at Wellspring Lutheran Services or to Quechua Radio-Bolivia, P.O. Box 7900, Charlotte, NC 28241. Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.


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