09/11/1942 - 11/05/2018
Ronald Harry Royer was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 11th, 1942 to Rosalene and Harry Royer. Elizabeth, his sister, completed the family soon after and the Royers moved to Flint, MI. Ron felt a deep connection to both cities throughout his life. After attending high school at St. John Vianney in Flint, Ron studied Business at Michigan State University. After college, Ron, a lifelong entrepreneur, embarked on a career in sales. He owned several companies including BSI International, ANM International and TRG International, all of which represented lawn and garden supply manufacturers. In 1971, Ron and Antoinnette (Toni) Lanphier met at one of several service stations he owned throughout metro Detroit. They courted and became engaged overlooking the city where she grew up, Oakland, California. They married on August 10th, 1973. Ron consistently told his wife how much he loved her. He asked her regularly, “Are you my honey?” She answered quickly and without fail, “Yes, I am your honey.” for over 45 years. Ron was a father, coach and friend to his three kids, Maureen, Harrison and Mark. He and Toni taught them the values of humor, ambition and generosity. When confronted with the exciting yet formidable occasion of a swim meet, a dance recital or a stand-up comedy act, he’d pep them up and ask: “What’s holding you back kid, fear?” A supportive and inspiring man, Ron held himself and others to a high standard. Those that he loved, he loved deeply. He devoted himself to his family and friends and was always ready to host a party. He and Toni created a home in Rochester Hills, MI, which they opened to family and friends for over 30 years. Their kids were so happy growing up there that they still affectionately refer to the home as “1086”, their street number. As President of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of North Oakland County, Ron was instrumental in raising philanthropic support to construct the new local YMCA building. Ron and Toni retired to Venice, Florida in 2010, the chosen home of his cousin and friend, Norma Villars. Ron made his final passage surrounded by loved ones holding him and telling him how fortunate they are to have known him. He joined his parents in heaven on November 5th, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Antoinnette, sister, Elizabeth Smith (James,) his children, Maureen, Harrison (daughter-in-law Andrea) and Mark as well as granddaughter Athena and Mike and Marie (Melchior) Smith, his nephew and niece. The funeral is being planned for 10:00 a.m., December 27, 2018 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, Florida. Further details to come.
Our deepest sympathy dear Toni and family. We had the pleasure of knowing Ron through the Hampton Elementary Family. May you treasure your beautiful memories of the many years you have shared together. Rest in Peace Ron.
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time
Good-bye, my wonderful Dad. I'm so fortunate to have been your daughter. I'll miss you always. Snap, Snap, Snap, Maureen
Ron will always been remembered by the Rochester Hills Indian Guides of 1985 era for his leadership, mentoring and love to a group of young boys and their dads. Over the years, this group has grown into life long friends all because of the connections that Ron kept alive. Today, these young men and their parents have Ron and Toni in their thoughts. Rest In Peace Ron
My prayers and thoughts are with you now and always.
My condolences to the Royer family. It was an honor to know Ron and his family in Rochester. Gods speed and RIP Ron.
We were saddened to hear about Ron. We hope your fond memories and love from your family console your spirit and heart. God bless you at this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Toni. Sending you my love and lots of hugs to comfort you . Blessings and peace .
Deepest sympathy, thoughts & prayers.
Ron's leadership abilities started at St. John Vianney High School. . He did an excellent job as Editor of our Yearbook, "Viannite". Toni, our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. . Find comfort in knowing that Ron's legacy will live on through you, your children and grandaughter. He will be missed by his classmates in the SJV Class of 1960.
Wishing you peace and happy memories during your time of mourning, Royer family. From having the privilege of knowing Maureen, I have no doubt Mr. Royer must have been a wonderful spirit.