Roy was born July 15, 1932, to Steve and Lydia Delger. He was educated and raised in Cut Bank, Montana. He served in the U.S. Navy 1950 – 1953, serving in Korea aboard the USS Doyle, a mine sweeper, and was Honorably Discharged July 1953. Roy met the love of his life, Maria D’Andrea, and they married February 6, 1954, in Lethbridge, Alberta. Roy attended the College of Great Falls for a short hop, then went to work as a carpenter in Local #286. He was a self-employed contractor for 35 years. Upon retiring, he moved to Spokane, Washington to be near relatives. He was a lifelong member of the VFW, NRA, ATA, and numerous trap clubs in Montana and Washington. His hobbies included woodworking, trap shooting, and other shooting sports. Roy was active in community services both in Great Falls and Spokane. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maria, Spokane, WA; son Stephen (Suzey) Delger, Casper, WY; Debra (Chuck) Ballinger, Spokane, WA; Lydia (Nick) Cirignani, Elgin, IL; Colleen (Wayne) Smith, Spokane, WA; beloved niece Terry (Daryl) Robertson, Lethbridge, Alberta; sisters-in-law Maxine D’Andrea, Joyce D’Andrea, and Mary D’Andrea; many nieces and nephews, three granddaughters, three great-grandsons, and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Eleanor and Dolores, and niece Linda Say. No services are planned, at his request. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or animal shelters of your choice.
The Final Shot
“Pull” shouts the shooter as his shotgun sweeps the sky in search of the clay. “Hit” records the youngster waiting his turn to be an expert in years to come. A man and his shotgun competing with himself, and in the end wins the trophy of a life well-lived. Rest well, our precious Papa, and happy shooting.