In Memory of

Don A. Royer

December 23, 1929 - March 18, 2020
From: Cherokee, IA

Don A. Royer, the son of Oscar and Lula (Marsh) Royer was born on December 23, 1929, in Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent in Cherokee, where he attended school and graduated from Wilson High School in 1948, and then attended the University of Iowa. After college, he joined Royer & Son Jewelry in 1951.

 On March 1, 1953, Don was united in marriage to Dorothy Escue. They were blessed with three children, Tom, Diane, and Dennis. In 1957, he attained Registered Jeweler of the American Gemological Institute. He retired from the business on December 31, 1999 after 48 years as partner, then owner of Royer & Son Jewelry.

 Don was very active in the Cherokee community. He was a 14 year member of the National Guard & Army Reserves, served on Cherokee City Council for 9 years, Cherokee School Board for 9 years, and served on the Sioux Valley Golf Tournament Committee since 1973 until it dissolved. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, receiving his certificate in May of 2017. He was a member of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, the Memorial Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and in the church choir from 1946 through 2013. Don enjoyed golf, scoring 3 holes-in-one in his career, the last one at the age of 83. He also played city league softball for many years- first with Speelmon’s team and then Miller Mac. He was an avid fisherman and devoted Yankee Baseball fan.

 On March 18, 2020, Don passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Sabrina Royer; sisters, Dorothy Jung, Jean Steffy, and Ruth Colbie; brothers-in-law, Bob Jung, Keith Steffy, Albert Escue, and Frank Escue.

 He will be lovingly remembered by Dorothy, his wife of 67 years, sons, Tom and his wife Joleen and their children, Kelly (Aaron) Lawson and Kevin, and Dennis and his wife Debbi, and their children, Michael (Kayla) and Alex; daughter, Diane McCue and her husband Monte and their daughter, Taylor; great-grandchildren, Oliver Logan Lawson, Coraline June Lawson, and Everly Parker Lawson; brother-in-law, Carl Colbie; and several nieces and nephews.

Tribute Video
Funeral arrangements are currently pending until a later date in the spring.
Pastor Eric Wright
Oak Hill Cemetery


Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 9:21 AM
“Dorothy, you and Don are the best!

May you memories give you comfort.

- Bob S.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 1:12 PM
“To Dennis, Deb, Boys and rest of family,
So sorry for your loss. Know your Iowa connection will make this loss so much greater from the long distance. Glad you have so many great family memories with your dad. ”
- Kimberley Houf
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 1:12 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to your family. Don was such a good dad as I was able to see growing up on Arrow Street. And Dewey's dad, Bruce, enjoyed getting to know him when he lived at The Beck. Don will be missed.”
- Linda and Duane Christensen
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 1:12 PM
“My mom informed me of Don’s passing. I want the Royer family to know we are thinking of all of you during this difficult time. I am sure Don, Beep, Norman are getting ready to tee off now.”
- David Duncan
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 1:12 PM
“So sorry to hear about Don's passing. I remember going into the store with my late mom, Bonnie Klinker Sturgeon who graduated with Don. I have missed the jewelry store on trips back home to Cherokee. I also have a rememberance of he and his parents, a cut crystal dish that was a wedding gift to my grandparents, R. J. and Hazel Dyslin Sturgeon.”
- Pam Sturgeon
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 1:12 PM
“Don was instrumental in my career as a jeweler. He was a kind and gentle man who I always considered my
"second father". To Dorthy and family we offer our condolences . Love and prayers, Gene and Mary ”
- Mr. & Mrs. Gene Davis
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 10:26 AM
“My condolences to the Royer Family. My fond memory of walking into Royers and looking at the charms and earrings and Don smiling as he walked towards me and asking how I was doing. May all your memories help you through this difficult time. ”
- Josie (Ford) Kane
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 10:26 AM
“To Dorothy and all of Don’s family May peace be with you. He was my Dad’s best friend and I was honored to know him. Hope he is already golfing with my Dad in heaven.
Tom McDonald and Family.

- Tom M Donald
Monday, March 23, 2020 at 3:10 PM
“Will always remember the great times we had together! Will miss him!”
- louis eischen
Monday, March 23, 2020 at 3:10 PM
“Peace be with you Dorothy and family. Don was always one of my favorite customers at the Wellness Center. Great sense of humor! ”
- Kristi Jensen
Monday, March 23, 2020 at 3:10 PM
“I already miss my golf buddy! Every time he would 3 putt, he would wag his index finger in my face and say “why didn’t you give me that last putt?” I will also remember his strong love for his family and his hometown, Cherokee! Best wishes, Dale and Sharon
- Dale and Sharon Judson
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3:55 PM
I pray your times with Don & with your family are a valuable memory-gathering experience. I pray you have enough good memories to tide you over until you join him one day!
Thinking of you all, with fondness for the many smiles he brought to others.
Tricia Vredenburg
- Tricia Vredenburg
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3:55 PM
“Our condolences on Don's Passing. Many memories of the "crew" leaving for Cass Lake and softball games at Westcott park. ”
- Bradley Husman
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3:55 PM
“Dorathy we are so sorry. Don was such a wonderful man. ”
- Barb and Dar Evans
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3:55 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to all of your family from the Christensens”
- Linda and Duane Christensen
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3:55 PM
“Dorothy- Praying for you and your family. I always enjoyed talking to Don and being around him. What a great man that will be greatly missed!”
- Brandon Slaughter
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3:55 PM
“Don was an icon to so many not that far back in the day. Rest easy Mr. Royer!”
- Steve Conley
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3:55 PM
“A race well run, old friend. You are/will be greatly missed. ”
- Dr. Bob Martin
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 4:31 PM
“So sorry to hear of Don's passing. I first got to know him in 1963 when I was a soda Jerk at Mallory's Drug Store. Had many good conversations with him there.”
- dick Bierman
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 4:31 PM
“Dorothy and Family, we were saddened to learn that Don had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, he will be greatly missed by so many who had the privilege to know him. ”
- Bert & Richard Boothby
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 4:31 PM
“Rest Easy, Don!! Keep your arm loose, some of your teammates might be ready for a game!!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 4:31 PM
“I am so sorry for the loss of Don. My dad, Gene Dorr, and Don were friends and fellow Cherokee businessmen. I frequently spend hours in the jewelry store, gazing in the display cases and planning which pieces were meant for me. Many prayers for comfort and peace.”
- Jackie (Dorr) Givens
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