Roy Charles Rist Jr.
Roy Charles Rist Jr.
74, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at KU Medical Center from complications of diabetes.
He was born Oct. 31, 1939, in Lincoln, Neb., to Roy “Butch” Sr. and Gretchen (Kibler). The family moved to Belleville and owned the IGA store/locker plant. He graduated from Belleville High in 1958 and met his bride-to-be Linda Trecek. They married in Belleville. Roy was a proud member of the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Newport, R.I., where a son, Roy “Chuck” III, was born. Roy and Linda owned and operated Creative Fabrics and Sears Catalog in Belleville. There they welcomed a second son, Bruce.
Roy and Linda purchased the Sears store in Abilene in 1989. He worked as a security guard at the Eisenhower Museum.
Roy was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, first in Belleville then in Abilene. He was a certified lay speaker, and he taught several Sunday school classes and preached many sermons. He was a teacher and a student of the Bible.
He was an accomplished bowler in his youth, enjoyed playing golf with his sons and friends in Belleville, loved chess and was a civil war buff. He served 25 years as a public servant in the volunteer fire department.
Roy is survived by: his bride, Linda of the home; two sons, Chuck (Kara) and Bruce (Pam), both of Lenexa; four grandchildren, Nicholas, Abigail, Joseph and Nathanael; a brother, David (Sharon) of Minneapolis, Minn.; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, February 3rd, at the Abilene First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at 3:00 P.M. in the Belleville Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. Sunday, February 2nd, at the Danner Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to either the Abilene or Belleville First United Methodist Churches or the Wounded Warrior Project. They may be left at the church the day of the service or sent in care of the Danner Funeral Home POB 758 Abilene, Kansas 67410.