Roy Passfield Jr., 91, of Woodstock passed away Dec. 5, 2022, at his home of some 62 years in Woodstock.
He was born on July 13, 1931, in Wauconda, Ill., the son of Roy Sr. and Sarah (Dowell) Passfield. He married the late Marjorie (Weidner) Passfield on Sept. 29, 1956.
Roy attended Central School in McHenry and Woodstock High School from 1945 until 1949. Roy joined the United States Air Force and served from 1950 until 1953 as an aircraft frame repairman. He was stationed in Korea from 1951 to 1952, repairing F-84 and F-86 fighter jets returning from combat. Roy received the Korean Service Medal, the UNS Medal, National Defense Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. He was also stationed in Japan and Long Beach, Calif., during his service.
After returning home from the Air Force, Roy started his career with Illinois Bell, which in later years became Ameritech and AT&T long lines. He was a telephone lineman, working both overhead and underground telephone cable repairs. He and a co-worker were working in an overhead tent in Crystal Lake when the 1965 tornado hit; they both survived and quickly got to work. He spent long hours restoring damaged lines over the years in weather good and bad. His career lasted for 37 years, followed by a long, comfortable retirement.
He was a member of St John’s Lutheran Church and served as an elder and Men’s Club president. He was involved in the dart ball league as well as being on the Finance Board. He and his wife loved to travel all over the U.S. on driving trips and being with their family.
He is survived by a son, Roy (Gita) Passfield III of Colorado, and daughter, Cindy (Phil) Bohn; two grandchildren, Andrew (Abby) Bohn and Sara Bohn; a great-grandchild, Cole Bohn; and a sister Barbara Passfield.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and siblings, Harry Snell, Donald Passfield and Virginia Smith.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, from 10 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 401 St. John’s Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Burial will be in McHenry County Memorial Park cemetery.
For more information, call Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710, or visit the website at slmcfh.com.