Gerald Winston Roy of St. Charles, MO (formerly of Potosi) passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Potosi Manor Nursing Home having reached the age of 92 years, 11 months and 25 days. He was born August 28, 1925 in Lemay, Missouri to the late Delphia (Pender) Roy and John A. Roy.
Gerald was united in marriage to Louise Polhemus on December 24, 1948 in Potosi, Missouri and to this union one child was born.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Louise and sister, Rosemary Simpson, along with four sisters-in-law, Rosalie Polhemus, Ruth Barton, Margaret Maxwell and Catherine Schrum, and seven brothers-in-law, John Sengheiser, Jack Bader, Lindell Cross, Bill Polhemus, Elwood Barton, Willis Simpson and Clinton Harvey. Also preceding in death were nephews John Cross, Monroe Harvey and David Cross and niece Gladys Simpson.
Among those who remain to mourn his passing are his daughter, Mary Lee Zielinski and her husband David of St. Charles, Missouri, two sisters; Wilda Cross of Stephenville, Texas, Verla Harvey of Potosi, Missouri, one brother; Robert Roy of Portland, Oregon, two grandchildren; Adam Zielinski of Mehlville, Missouri, Amanda Zielinski and her Fiancé Max Nagel of St. Charles, Missouri, two sisters-in law, Virginia Bader and Mary Sengheiser both of St. Louis, Missouri, loving and devoted friend, Linda Kearns of Park Hills, Missouri and devoted caregiver, Bobbi Smoots of Florissant, Missouri; nieces; nephews; cousins and many other relatives and friends.
Gerald entered the United States Army on June 29, 1944 and was assigned to the 9th Armored Infantry Division. On December 12, 1944 he was deployed to Central Europe and fought in the battles of Ardennes and Rhineland. During this service he received the EAMET Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Ribbon. After the war he was stationed in Nuremberg where he drove news media to and from the war crime trials. He returned to the U.S. in May 1946 and received an Honorable Discharge on June 6, 1946.
After returning from the war, Gerald began working at Brown Shoe Company in Potosi where he retired after forty-two years of service. Thereafter, he began working for Trim-Foot Shoe Company where he worked until September 1988. Gerald was of the Baptist faith and was baptized along with many other service men just prior to boarding their ship to Europe in 1944.
Gerald enjoyed many hobbies including carpentry, making crafts, gardening, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He had a true love for animals and over the years adopted many stray dogs and cats. He also loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed growing large amounts of produce to sell or give away to friends and neighbors.
Gerald led a modest yet very full and enjoyable life, and all who knew him loved him.