Roy Clough

Monday, June 13, 2011

Roy Clough, age 88, of Storm Lake, died Saturday, June 5, 2011 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Memorial service took place Wednesday, June 8, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake with full Military Rites by the Alta VFW Post #6172. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Roy W. Clough, son of Clarence and Ethel (Tarr) Clough, was born June 21, 1922 in Boone. Their family moved to Storm Lake from Boone in 1930 where they established Clough Auto Parts. Roy graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1941. He was an All-Conference and All-State tackle on the Storm Lake Tornadoes football team and an outstanding basketball player.

Roy was in college at Iowa University when the war started. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and served as a Master Sergeant serving in the US Army Searchlight Battalion and was stationed in Hawaii and Iwo Jima. Roy was honorably discharged on Dec. 24, 1945. After his discharge, he enrolled at USC where he studied accounting. In 1947, he returned to Storm Lake as a partner in the family business, Clough Auto Parts.

Roy and Marjorie Kaufman were married at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake on May 1, 1949. They were blessed with three wonderful children: Candy, Kelly, and Kerry. Roy always put his family first.

Roy was active in all community areas. He was a 63 year member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge. Roy served as a board member at Lake Creek Country Club and was the President of Faith, Hope and Charity and also the PTA President. He was a Deacon at the Alta Church of Christ and belonged to the Alta VFW. He was a member of the Zoning Board, Abu Bekr Shrine, Kiwanis, Score, Pride, Santa's Castle and a 32nd degree Mason. Roy was a Scout Leader and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Little League Coach, and SLPD.

He had extensive hobbies: stained glass windows; building oak furniture; gardening; working cross-stitch; fishing; and charity work. He and Marj were the planners and builders of Main Street Park downtown, which was built in memory of their daughter, Kerry Jan, and a tribute to his parents. They built three homes in Storm Lake and finished them all with his workshop, along with building custom oak furniture for all his children and grandchildren's homes, his church, Faith, Hope and Charity, and Santa's Castle. Roy and Marj spent twelve winters in Arizona and loved to spend time dancing.

Roy leaves to mourn his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Candy Clough of Storm Lake; son, Kelly (Connie) Clough of Ankeny; grandchildren: Joel Fitzpatrick; Kate Fitzpatrick; Christian Clough; and Cole Petersen; great-grandchild, Piper Fitzpatrick; 11 nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kerry Clough Petersen; sister, Roberta Kuhlman; and brothers: Erwin, Elbridge and Don.