Roy Dale Constant, 79, of Centerview, Mo. passed away peacefully on Sunday April 13, 2014 in Lees Summit,MO. He was born on April 25, 1934 in Sheridan, MO, the third child of six and the first son of Dale and Vetra (VanAusdall) Constant.
Graduating from Sheridan High School in 1952, he traveled with the wheat harvest to expand his horizons. When the harvest ended in October of that year he returned to Sheridan. His sister Willa introduced him to her new best friend, Vera “Colene” Groom and he knew the minute he saw her that she was the love of his life. He shared this story with his family many times over the years. Colene went to work in Kansas City as a nannie and Roy went to work at Sheffield Steel. Roy and Colene were married on June 10,1954 at the Country Club Methodist Church in Kansas City, MO . Soon after Roy started his service in the US Army where they were stationed at Ft. Knox, KY. and then Ft. Hood, Tx. They started their family there with the birth of a daughter, Lynda and upon completion of Roy’s military service they returned to Kansas City where Roy went back to work for Sheffield Steel. They established a home in Kansas City and added two more children; a son, Ken and a daughter, Tricia to their growing family. In 1955 Roy accepted Christ as his Savior at the Beaumont Baptist Church, Kansas City.
Independence, MO became their new home in 1961. Here they added another daughter, Nancy to complete their family. During their time in Independence their home became a haven for neighborhood children, nieces and nephews, and more. There was always something happening there! It was known to also provide a home for pet cows, a horse, rooster, dogs and whatever needed taken care of.
Roy and Colene dedicated their time in Independence to raising their children in a warm and loving home, supporting their children’s education and activities ranging from dance, music, football, track, and cheerleading. They also purchased the farm where Roy was born and created a weekend retreat for his family and extended family were so many memories were created and now shared.
In 1977 they moved to Centerview, Missouri to the home and acreage of their dreams where Roy raised Angus cattle. He retired from management at Armco Steel in 1982 with 30 years of service. Later he went to work for Gates Rubber Co. in Warrensburg, MO. retiring in 1992. In 1998 Colene passed and Roy struggled through his loss. As always, his children, grandchildren and other family were there to support him. He was always active in the community and became a member of Kiwanis, the Elks, and the VFW. He was privileged to serve as a member of the VFW Honor Guard.
Roy was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Colene; his parents; in-laws Olin and Marie Groom; sister Leta and husband Duane Wake, sister Doris Jean and husband Chuck Chancellor, and infant brother Jimmie Eugene Constant.
Roy is survived by his four children, Lynda Passiglia and husband Chuck ; Ken Constant and wife Vicki; Tricia Mannering and husband Kevin, and Nancy Constant; sister Willa Wilson; brother Gary Constant; 8 grandchildren: Darren Nipper and wife Crystal, DeAnna Ensminger and husband Kevin ,Robert Mannering and spouse Brooke, Holly Jennings and husband Luke, Steven Mannering and wife Brandi, Brettni Bishop, Ryan Davis, and Kelsi Constant; 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Cancer invaded Roy’s life in 2003. He faced many challenges but he was a fighter! In 2008 he was declared free of his cancer but the surgery, treatments, and side effects from his battle left him weakened but determined. He was slower in movement but not in heart or the desire to live. He spent time raising his beloved cattle, taking care of his land, sharing his children’s lives, watching grandchildren marry and have his great grandchildren.
Visitation was Thursday April 17th at 2pm., funeral at 3pm at the Williams Funeral Home, Warrensburg, MO. Burial will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers donations made be made to the Warrensburg Senior Citizen Center where Roy was a board member.