Walt Roy

By Press Release


Walter James Roy Sr. died at his home in Eckert June 2, 2016. He was 93.

He was born in Lake Placid, N.Y., to Paul and Agnes (Trumbull) Roy March 27, 1923.

Mr. Roy joined the U.S. Army and served in the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale and in Italy as a ski instructor during World War II.

He met Afton "Bonnie" Dunston in Glenwood Springs and they married March 26, 1944. They had three children. She died in May 1991.

After the war, Mr. Roy worked at White Face Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y., and helped build the ski lift for the Olympics. He was a draftsman at Rochester Products in New York until 1959 when the family moved to Glenwood Springs. They owned and operated Glenwood Bowl for 35 years.

He married Earla Jean Bailey of Grand Junction in September 1991. They traveled the United States and Canada on the Senior Bowling Tour where he competed as a senior professional bowler. He held two national bowling titles as well as the record for the oldest to roll a 300. At one point he and all three of his sons were professional bowlers. He was inducted into the Colorado Bowling Hall of Fame.

In 1994 he opened Walt's Pro Shop in Grand Junction and later managed Freeway Bowl until 2006. He retired and moved to Eckert in 2008.

Mr. Roy was a sportsman. He played golf, baseball and football, bowled, skied and skated. At 9 years old he did an exhibition in speed skating for the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards with family and friends, especially poker.

He is survived by his wife, Earla Jean Bailey Roy; his sons, W. James (Dorlene) Roy Jr. of Glenwood Springs, Robert (Dana) Roy of Castle Pines and David (Kathi) Roy of Palisade; four stepchildren, Sr. Debra Bailey of Owensboro, Ky., James (Khristie) Bailey of Show Low, Ariz., Kathy (Pete) Burgess of Denver and Ken Bailey of Cedaredge; three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Roy Jr.

Graveside services will be held at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 8.

Farnum Holt Mortuary is handling the arrangements.