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Glen Eugene Roysdon, 91, of Billings, formerly of Laurel and Red Lodge, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, from complications of congestive heart failure.
He was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Red Lodge, the youngest of three children of Morris Orin Roysdon and Lucy Alice (Owens) Roysdon. He attended school at Clearwater Creek until 1929 and then moved to Laurel where he graduated from Laurel High School in 1939.
Throughout his youth, he worked at the family business, Roysdon Furniture Store, until he went to the University of Wyoming, pursuing a degree in geology. On July 15, 1942, he married Edna Ann Wight in Columbus.
In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and became a flight officer in the Glider Pilot Training program. He flew gliders in the Rhineland in Central Europe, Ireland, France and England.
In 1945, Mr. Roysdon was discharged from the Army Air Corps in Los Angeles and worked in Laurel operating the family business with his parents.
In 1957, the family moved to Billings where he worked briefly for Kuchera Furniture before opening his own business in 1958, Home Furniture and Appliance, with partner Joe Naglich. In 1962, he returned to Roysdon Furniture until he retired in 1984. He also briefly prospected for uranium and gold.
He spent many hours reading and watching World War II documentaries hoping to learn more about his brother, Dale Arthur Roysdon, who died on D-Day in St. Mere Eglise, France. Roysdon’s Hall, the Army Reserve Center in Billings, was dedicated to his brother.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra G. Scott of Billings; a son, Glen D. Roysdon of Billings; and three grandchildren.
Services were officiated by the Rev. Steven Zabrocki on Aug. 13 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment followed in Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel.
Donations may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.