Roy N. Haldiman, 91, of South Wayne, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at The Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. He was born on Sept. 16, 1926 the son of Walter and Elsie (Stuckey) Haldiman in Monroe. He attended Roosevelt and Round Grove Schools in rural Monroe.
In 1947 his parents purchased the farm in Wayne Township, which was formerly the Ervin Johnson homestead. Roy and his brother, Fritz then purchased the farm and ran it until 1994 when his nephew, Terry purchased the farm. Roy was very proud that his great-nephew, Dan purchased the farm in 2013, and operates it now with his two sons, Dylan and Brett, who are the 5th generation working the farm that he and Fritz loved so much.
Aside from farming, Roy was an avid sports fan. He loved to watch the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Badgers; even having Badger football season tickets for nearly 50 years. He was also a Home Talent baseball fan for years, having watched three generations of family play in Wiota. Roy loved reading the newspaper every day and books about WWII.
Although he was never married, he was abundantly loved by his nieces, nephews, and their families. He was affectionately known as “Poppy Roy” to his great-grand nieces and nephews. Roy is survived by his sister, Nancy (Robert) Davidson of Murrieta, Calif.; nieces and nephews, Terry (Nola) Haldiman of South Wayne, Tim (Jane) Haldiman of Waterloo, Wis., Patty (Steve) Tuescher of Wiota, Steve (Debbie) Davidson and Tom (Halle) Davidson both of California, and Patti (Frank) Coyle of Bellevue, Wash.; many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews; as well as longtime friend, John Deetz of South Wayne; and his beloved cat, Jingles, at home.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth (Clarence) Legler; brother and sister-in-law, Fritz (Charlotte) Haldiman; and niece, Jane Legler.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at the Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Cernek officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in South Wayne. Visitation will be held on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service of the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Martintown Community Church.