Roy W. H. Passow was welcomed into the presence of the Lord Jesus on Wednesday, June 28, at the age of 100.
A Wausau native he enjoyed 95 years in Wausau before moving to Hartland, WI to be closer to family but never lost heart for his beloved Wausau. Roy will be remembered and celebrated for his love and faithfullness to Jesus, his family and his very firm handshake. He leaves a legacy of memories of helping others, sacrifice, advice, hard work ethic, dedication, generosity, golf techniques and his hole in one on the #9 hole at the American Legion golf course and hosting awesome family Thanksgivings.
Roy was born on August 23, 1922 in Wausau to Otto and Irene (Oelke) Passow. After returning from World War II where he served as a Technical Sergeant for the Army and was awarded a Bronze Star in the Pacific theatre he married Elizabeth (Betty) Wilde and they made their home in Wausau together for 66 years before Betty was called home in 2012.
Roy supported his family as an autoparts salesman for Juneau Supply Company. He was a charter member of St. Marks Lutheran Church. His love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was evident in his heart, character and interactions through ministries at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Orphan Grain Train, Lutheran Laymans League and Camp Luther. Roy experienced many seasons of life and lived well through many challenging times, a common man who felt very blessed.
Roy was blessed with 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.
A service of celebration will be held on Friday July 7th at 11:00 am at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 600 Stevens Drive Wausau. A visitation will be held from 10 AM until the time of service. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery with full military honors. Helke Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
The family would like to thank the people of Wausau and St. Marks for their continued love and support and memories and the loving and caring family staff at Hartland Terrace Hartland, WI for their exceptional care for Roy.
Memorials may be directed to Orphan Grain Train.