Roy W. Lammers, 93

AUG. 28, 1918-JAN. 8, 2012

January 11, 2012
  • Roy W. Lammers
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Roy William Lammers, 93, of Hagerstown, Md., formerly of Durant, Iowa, died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at home.

He was born Aug. 28, 1918, in Upland, Neb. He was the son of the late Chris and Dora Lammers.

He worked for 37 years as an independent distributor for Midway Oil Co. in Durant. He also drove a school bus for the Durant Community School District and drove cars for the Ron Alpen Ford Co. in Durant.

Roy was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and served as an airplane mechanic on the aircraft carrier USS Antietam. He enjoyed meeting with others at the Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable on Tuesdays at Morris Frock American Legion Post 42. He was a member of American Legion Post 0430 in Durant for 67 years.

He enjoyed bowling in his younger years and sponsored his own bowling team. He was a Boy Scout leader for eight years in Durant. Roy cared for his community of Durant by serving on the town council for 14 years and as mayor for 12 years. He was an avid gardener and loved to grow flowers and vegetables for himself and others. He was famous for his homemade applesauce. Roy’s other hobby was woodworking and making furniture and crafts for family and friends.

Roy was a longtime member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Durant, and later became an associate member of Haven Lutheran Church in Hagerstown when he moved to Maryland to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Ed Distad.

He is survived by and lovingly remembered by his dear friend, Ann Marie Langman; his friends of the Durant Community; two daughters, Bonita C. Distad (husband, Ed Distad) of Hagerstown, and Pat Lammers (husband, Lee Costa) of Bowdoin, Maine; granddaughter, Nancy Schroyer (Brian Denton) of Carlisle, Pa.; and grandson, W. Brad Distad (wife, Jessica Distad) of Yuba City, Calif. He dearly loved his great-grandchildren, Becca Schroyer, and Naomi and Oliver Distad. He is also survived by and lovingly remembered by his siblings, Julietta Lammers, Minden, Neb.; Ralph Lammers (wife, Joanne Lammers) of Arapahoe, Neb.; Donald Lammers (wife, JoAnn Lammers) of Minden; William Lammers, Denver, Colo.; sister-in-law, Mae Eriksen of Moscow, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings, three stepsisters, and Helen, his wife of 62 years.

The family will celebrate his life at Haven Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Linda Alessandri officiating. A second celebration of life will be held in Durant in July 2012.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742, and/or  Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 606 4th Ave., Durant, Iowa 52747.

Arrangements are entrusted to Davis Funeral Home, 12525 Bradbury Ave., Smithsburg, MD 21783.

Condolences may be sent in care of Bonnie Distad, 21844 Black Rock Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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