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Royce Humphrey, From Hancock, Would Have Been 100 Today

June 30, 2020

My dad would have been 100 years old today.    He is pictured below when age 14, in 1934.

Royce 1934

Royce Humphrey, born in Coloma, but living and raising a family in Hancock and serving in local town government for 40 years, died in April 2011.

Royce served honorably in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater from November 1941 to January 1946. Upon returning stateside Royce drove a truck delivering milk to homes in Waushara County and wedded his sweetheart, Geneva Schwarz in 1947 in Westfield.

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Of all the photos of dad taken over the decades, there is one that I treasure the most. It shows quiet tenderness and joy with simple pleasures.  I have always, on a more personal note, found this picture to my liking as it shows him slim, and I have always shared that trait.

Royce and bessie

I was not sure how to honor the day until mid-afternoon.  It was blazing hot and humid but dad always wanted the lawn, and all about the home to be neat and orderly for holidays. We lived in the country and he wanted whoever passed by to see the pride he had for his land.

So with July 4th around the corner, James and I gave our outdoor lawn and gardens ‘the treatment’.  When all was done the lawn was mowed, trimmed, sidewalks were edged. weeded with all the flower beds having a  ‘trough’ around each bed, leaves were blown from the driveway and sidewalks, and all cobwebs swept from outdoor windows and doorframes.

Dad always sat on the picnic table after mowing and mom often brought out a chilled Mountain Dew.   I was raking some compost back under some plants from the monsoon rains this week when I noticed a large green plastic cup of cold water placed on the back porch.

It was a good day of memories and smiles.  The way it should be.

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