Royce Elbert Case, age 89, passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Society in Newell, IA. He was the third child born to Arlie Elbert and Ada Evangeline (Pelley) Case on November 6, 1931, in Sac Township near Auburn in Sac County, IA. He lived in Sac County all of his life except for his time in the military, and received his education in Sac County schools, first in elementary school in Lake View, and then in the Sac Comm. Schools when the family moved to Sac City in the 1940’s. He graduated from the Sac Community High School in 1949. During high school as part of his education, he began his banking career at Sac City State Bank (now Iowa State Bank) in the work experience program of the school, and following graduation, he continued to work until he was drafted into the military in 1952. He was proud of his service in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years, spending one year of that time overseas in Korea during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge in 1954, he returned to Sac City and his career at the bank. He worked in all areas of the bank service and graduated from the University School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin in 1966. At the time of his retirement in 1995, after 47 years with Sac City State Bank, he had worked his way up the banking ladder to the office of Assistant Vice President.
Royce was united in marriage to Linda S. Juilfs on June 26, 1966, at St. John Lutheran Church in Pomeroy, IA. Together they were blessed with a son, Corey Randal. They made their home in Sac City, where they raised Corey and where Royce pursued his longtime banking career and Linda pursued her career in education as longtime Kindergarten teacher. In September, 2014, because of advancing dementia, Royce became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society at Newell, IA, where he enjoyed the meals, activities, staff and other residents.
Royce served his community in many and various ways, and as treasurer of many organizations over the years. He has been a member of American Legion Cantigny Post 195, V.F.W. Post 590, Lions Club, Sac City Library Board when the current city library was constructed, St. Paul Lutheran Church Council, Howard Activity Center Board, Chairman of American Red Cross in Sac City, had served as a leader for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and assisted with the American Legion Baseball Team during his single years when the team was active. As a representative of the American Legion Post, he helped fold and present many flags to families of local veterans at their funeral services as part of the military rites.
His hobbies included following all sports on television. As for himself, he played tennis in his younger years, bowled and played golf for many years. He loved to play cards, pinochle, and cribbage, which he learned from his father at an early age. He was an avid reader, especially in his later years, and he loved to sing, having sung in church choirs for most of his adult life.
When Corey was young, his parents enjoyed supporting his academic efforts, as well as following his many extracurricular activities. The family also enjoyed traveling to various locations. After Corey grew up and left home, Royce and Linda enjoyed traveling with the State Bank Friendship Club.
Royce was a devoted son, husband, father, brother, uncle, co-worker, and friend. After his retirement, he remained interested in and loyal to the State Bank and staff always. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 54 years, Linda Case of Sac City, IA; his beloved son Corey, of Monticello, MN; sisters-in-law: Rosalie Case of Vermillion, SD, and Marcella Koth of Storm Lake, IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family members, co-workers, and friends.
Royce was preceded in death by his parents, Arlie and Ada Case; sisters and brothers-in-law: Shirley and William Kuehn, Audrey and Thomas E. (Tiny) Cates, Norma and V.E. (Chuck) Tadlock; brother Duane Case; brother-in-law Kenneth F. Koth; and parents-in-law Henry D. and Lena Juilfs. Royce was loyal to his Lord and Savior until the end of his life. Peace be to his memory.