Vinton Review; February 17, 1916
SHELLSBURG. Roderic Royce
Roderic Royce was born near Monticello, Sullivan county, N.Y., Feb 21, 1845, and died at his home in this city Feb. 8, 1916.
His early years were spent on a farm near Monticello, later he was a clerk in a store at Monticello for a few years. He was married to Charlotte Divine in January 1867. They came to Iowa in 1868, living first at Parkers Grove where he went in the nursery business with J.S. Budd; when he moved to Shellsburg he went in the nursery business with O.C. Bergen, sending our trees, shrubs, plants and flowers to all parts of the county, and making friends wherever he went. He was a good and highly esteemed citizen. He was a member of the M.E. church about fifty years and served as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher in the same for many years, and continued steadfast in the faith until the last.
During his last illness which lasted several weeks, he was patient sufferer, waiting to be called home, as he knew for some time he could not recover. He was a member of the Masonic order and the Masons attended the funeral in a body. Because of the esteem in which he was held the business houses and schools of the city closed during the time of the funeral which was held at the M.E. church Thursday at 10:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. B. L. Weaver. Many beautiful floral offerings were sent, and the house was filled with friends. He was laid to rest besides his children in Parkers Grove Cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Royce were the parents of four children, three of whom died in infancy. An only daughter, Mrs. Edith Royce, his wife and five granchildren and a host of friends.