of Philip, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at the Sturgis Community Healthcare Center in Sturgis at the age of 95
Alma C. "Stena" Helgeson was born April 1, 1906 in Vermillion, South Dakota, the daughter of Oscar and Mary (Kjos) Helgeson. She grew up on a farm in the Hartley area and was in the last class that graduated from Marrietta High School in the Hartley community.
Alma was united in marriage to Lloyd C. Royer on March 12, 1925 in Rapid City. After their marriage they farmed and ranched in the Hartley area until Lloyd’s death on September 30, 1953.
She then moved into Philip where she worked at various places before retiring as a clerk at the Thompson Drug and later Zeeb Pharmacy.
She continued to live in Philip, until moving to Belle Fourche in 1990. In 1994 she moved to Black Hawk where she resided until moving into Sturgis in 1998.
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, the Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Auxiliary #173, and the Bad River Senior Citizens, all of Philip.
Survivors include four sons, Richard Royer of Spokane, Washington, Merle Royer and his wife Viola of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, Lloyd Royer and his wife Rosetta of Waukee, Iowa, and Gary Royer and his wife Donna of Caldwell, Idaho; one daughter, Wanyce Hein and her husband Walter of Black Hawk, South Dakota; twenty-nine grandchildren; fifty-two great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; several step grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, and step great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband Lloyd, Alma was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Royer and Raymond Royer; one grandson, Robert Royer; one brother, Eugene Helgeson; and one sister, Thelma Loobey.
Funeral services for Alma C. "Stena" Royer, age 95, of Sturgis, formerly of Philip, will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 2001 at the First Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Paul Bly officiating. .
Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2001 at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip.
Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.
Pastor Paul Bly
Marilyn Millage – Organist
Elvera Moos – Soloist
"In the Garden"
"Beyond the Sunset"
"How Great Thou Art"
Doug Royer - Devan Royer
Bryan Royer - Ronald Royer
Tim Royer - Ray Royer
Rick Royer - Bruce Royer
Wesley Hein - Clifford Royer
Chuck Royer - Jimmie Royer
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
Philip, South Dakota
Saturday, December 29, 2001
First Lutheran Church in Philip