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Larry Roy, Sr.

July 31, 1945 ~ May 1, 2021 (age 75)

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Larry Roy, Sr., Makade Binesi “Black Eagle”, Eagle Clan, age 75, of Redby, MN journeyed to the Spirit World, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Jourdain / Perpich Extended Care Center in Red Lake.

Larry was born on July 31, 1945 in Red Lake, MN to Robert and Sara (Yellow) Roy.  He grew up in Red Lake, graduating from Red Lake High School in 1965.  In 1967, Larry enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Korea, until his honorable discharge in 1969. He then returned home, and began working  at the Redby Sawmill for a period of time.  In July 1976, he started his career as a Police Officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and later for the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Although “officially retired”, he enjoyed working security at the Red Lake Seven Clans Casino, and the Indian Health Service Hospital.

Larry had many hobbies and interests.  He enjoyed watching sports, especially boxing, the NFL, and cheering on the Vikings on Sunday. He liked watching old western movies, going for car rides, listening to country music, but most importantly, he enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and making sure they all knew they were loved and were special to him. He always took time to visit with family, friends, reminiscing about his childhood experiences, and most of all, telling stories about his children as they were growing up.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children:  Melanie (Wilfred) Roy, Jeffrey Roy, Sr., Lynelle “Sue” Roy, Renita “Beth” Roy, Nicole (Tom) Roy, Peter King, Larry Roy, Jr., Evan Thomas and Jillian Thomas; special granddaughters: Alexandra and Chelsey; 21 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters:  Brittany Roy and Sherri Jo Thomas; sisters: Carol, Arlene, Maxine and Florence; brothers:  Victor, Curtiss, Gerald, Frank, Harvey, Hubba, Arnold and Clarence; three grandchildren:  Michaela, Noelle and Michaelana; and great-grandson, Cade Roy.

A traditional wake will begin a 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at the Redby Center in Redby and continue until the service at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 8, 2021.  The Spiritual Advisor will be Larry’s nephew,  Naabek Liberty.  Active casketbearers will be:  Cyras Whitefeather, Chase Lussier, Jr., Joshua Roy, Sr., Timothy A. Roy, Ryan Roy, Nicholas Roy, Devin Roy, Jeffrey Roy, Jr., and Avery Yepa.  Honorary casketbearers will be: Victor Roy, Jr., Delwyn English, Sr. (Godson), Matt Graves, Michael Roy, Clayton Jourdain, Sr., Lisa Spears, Doug White, Bobby Lovelace, Patrick Graves, Patrick Pierre, Michael Barrett, Clifford Hardy, Rudy Kingbird, Harlan Stillday, James Cloud, Jr., Michael Graves, Sr., and the JPECC Staff.  Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Red Lake. Arrangements provided by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service, Walker, MN.

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