The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 26, 2014

Roy J. Deem

JOPLIN, Mo. — Roy J. Deem, age 73, of Joplin, passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Landmark Hospital.

Born Jan. 21, 1941, in Joplin, he was the son of the late Roy S. Deem and Mary Pauline Johnson Deem West and lived in Joplin and Carl Junction his lifetime. A 1958 graduate of Joplin High School, he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas University in 1962, where he was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army and Missouri National Guard in the Finance Department achieving the rank of Captain.

Following his discharge from the service he worked for Empire District. In 1968, he and his wife opened Deems Grocery on Main Street in Carl Junction and in 1970, moved to its Pennell Street location. They owned and operated the grocery until 1984 and reopened it from 2003-2009. Since 1984, he was a Real Estate agent and broker working for Century 21, Pro 100 and Keller-Williams.

Roy was a former member of Joplin Jaycees, Rotary Club of Webb City and Carl Junction, Carl Junction Lions Club and Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501. He was a 15-year board member for Carl Junction Schools and served a term as President. He coached and served on the board of Carl Junction Youth Athletics, was a board member of Carl Junction Athletics Booster Club and served on the Steering Committee for MSSU Lionbackers. He was a member of the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce.

On Oct. 27, 1964, he married Susan O. Stanley in Joplin. She survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Clay Deem,  of Carl Junction, Chris Deem and wife, Rachel, of Carl Junction, Brian Deem and wife, Marilyn, of Tallahassee, Fla.; a sister, Nancy Wise and her husband, Ken of San Benito, Texas; 15 grandchildren, Heather Thomas, Shonda Elick, Megan Johnson, Cortni, Chance, Logan, Alyssa, Bailey, Jordan, Hunter, Camryn, Riley, Noah Micah and Caleb Deem; two great-grandchildren, Cohen Elick and Beckham August. In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles Cecil West; and a brother, Charles Roger West.

Memorial services will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jerry B. Stark Performing Arts Center at Carl Junction School with Rev. Bob Simon, Jeremy Evans and Jock Evans officiating. The family will receive friends in the schools Commons Area following the service.

Graveside services with military honors will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Carl Junction Cemetery with Bob Hackney, Skip Walker, Tré Hall, Troy Ketchum, Curtis Ware and Mike Wardlow serving as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to MSSU Lionbackers or Carl Junction Educational Foundation.

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