On Thursday, January 24, 1985, we said farewell to Charles Leroy (Roy) Bookstore, devoted husband, father and friend.
Roy was born November 9, 1905, (2 years and 2 days before Oklahoma bcame a state) in Indian Terrytory, Ellendale Community north of Woodward. His parents, Charles William Bookstore and Mellie Jane (Owens) Bookstore, preceded him in death.
He attended school and grew to manhood in the same community where he was born. On April 26, 1930, in Woodward, he married Ethel Luella Handley. They lived with Roy's parents and he continued to help his parents farm.
After the birth of their first child, a son, William Leroy, the couple moved to their first home, a sod house, built by Mrs. Roy Bookstore's father, William H. Handley, Sr., a local brick mason and building contractor. Their other two children, Shirley an Virginia were bon in the sod house.
In 1941, Roy and his family moved to the Kibby Community in Harper County. Here he farmed and raised Registered Hereford cattle. His herd began, when he was 13 years old, with one horned hereford given to him by his father. Through years of breeding, Roy developed a heard of Registered Polled Herefords. Roy could walk among his cattle like they were his pets.
In 1960 Roy and Ethel moved to their present home in Woodward. He continued with his farming and ranching until his retirement in 1970, when he sold out to his son. After his retirement, he remained busy by occasionally helping his son farm and by taking up gardening and carpentry. He build captain beds, bookcases, and other items for family and friends.
Roy had always been an avid reader and remained so until his death. He put in many hours at garage sales, trying to complete his collection of Zane Grey books.
In 1975, when he was 70 years old, Roy and his wife took their first airpland ride with their youngest daughter. After the first ride they were hooked on flying. They logged over 650 hours in their Piper Conamche, flying all over the United States and Canada.
Roy enjoyed life and remained active until the time of his death. He had spent the last several winters in Arizona and was there at the time of his death. The week prior to his death was the Bob Hope Golf Classic in Palm Springs, and Roy spent the week there with his wife, daughter, and relatives visiting from Canada.
Roy became ill on January 17, 1985 and entered St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona on January 19, 1985. He passed away early Sunday morning, January 20, 1985. His body was returned to Woodward by private plane flown by a pilot, who is a family friend.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, F. M. (Frank) Bookstore.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel, of the home in Woodward, one son, William Leroy (Bill) Bookstore of Freedom, two daughters, Shirley Watson of Woodward, and Virginia Bookstore of Phoenix, Arizona; five grandsons and one granddaughter, two great granddaughters and four step great grandchildren.
Services were held January 24, 1985 at Stechers Mortuary with REv. Melvin Rittenhouse officiating.
Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery, Woodward. Graveside services were conducted by the Woodward IOOF Lodge No. 148. Mr. Boodstore had joined the Freedom IOOF as a young man.
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