The Obit For Ken Roy

Ken Roy

Published in The Advocate from 6/19 to 6/20/2009


A Mass of Christian Burial for the Rev. Ken Roy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2009, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandira, with Bishop Ronald P. Herzog, the Rev. James Roy, the Rev. Craig Scott, the Rev. James Ferguson, the Rev. Chad Partain and fellow priests from the Province of Louisiana. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. Saturday until service time.

Interment will be in Maryhill Cemetery, Pineville, under the direction of John Kramer & Son.

The Rev. Ken Roy died unexpectedly at his home in Alexandria on Tuesday, June 16.

Father Roy was a former educator, minor league baseball umpire and, at the time of his death, a Catholic priest for the past 31 years.

Born on Dec. 8, 1941, in Mansura, Father Roy was a 1959 graduate of Mansura High School.

As a member of the U.S. Air Force, Father Roy served in San Antonio and Amarillo, Texas, from 1959 to 1963.

He obtained a bachelor's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Thereafter, he taught school in Avoyelles Parish at Marksville Middle School.

He then went on to attend Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and Assumption Seminary in St. Antonio and was ordained into the priesthood on Jan. 7, 1978.

After ordination he went on to serve the diocese in a number of parishes and special ministries.

Father Roy served as associate pastor of St. Joseph Church, Marksville, St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria, St. Mary of the Pines Church, Shreveport, and St. Winnifred Church, Effie; as vocations director for the Diocese of Alexandria from 1987 to 1991; as pastor of Christ the King Church, Bossier City, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Fifth Ward, Immaculate Conception Church, Natchitoches, and Sacred Heart Church, Pineville. Father Roy also served as chaplain and director of the department of religion at Holy Savior Menard High School and as dean of the Natchitoches Deanery during his tenure at Immaculate Conception.

During his time at Immaculate Conception, he led a major restoration project of the historic church, which has recently been elevated to status of minor basilica by Pope Benedict.

Father Roy's most recent assignment was as president of Holy Savior Menard High School and vicar general of the diocese. In 2001, Father Roy was awarded the St. Vincent de Paul Humanitarian Award, an award given in recognition of service to others.

Father Roy most notably served the poor and the imprisoned. He was instrumental in opening the Helping Hands Soup Kitchen while pastor of Immaculate Conception Church.

Anyone who knew Father Roy knew he was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. Father Roy truly enjoyed watching and attending sporting events, which stemmed from his career as a minor league umpire. In addition, Father Roy truly enjoyed traveling, especially the numerous cruises he embarked upon while serving as chaplain on those same cruise ships.

Father Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Abner Roy and Rose Couvillion Roy, who were of Mansura; and siblings, Adrienne Roy, Roberta Guarnieri, Louis Abner Roy, Raymond Roy, Juanita Nettleton, Shephard Roy, Kyrle Roy and Barbara Barnett.

Father Roy is survived by his brothers, the Rev. James Roy, of Alexandria, and Harold P. Roy, of Baton Rouge; and a sister, Perrie Blackledge, of Baton Rouge. In addition, Father Roy is survived by numerous loving nieces, nephews and many close, lifelong friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sister Nancy Auster, director of Indian Missions, at P.O. Box 432, Pinon, AZ 86510 and/or Glenmary Sisters, P.O. Box 22264, Owensboro, KY 42304-9983.