Royce Aubol, 73, New Town, died Friday, May 9, 2014, in a Minot hospital after a short battle with cancer.
Royce Edward Aubol was born Nov. 19, 1940, in Minot, to Marius and Irene (Estenson) Aubol. He was raised in Sanish until his family moved to New Town in 1954. Royce attended Sanish School and graduated from New Town High School in 1958. He entered the U.S. Army on July 27, 1958, and attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He then attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., before transferring to Moorhead State University. He was honorably discharged and released to the U.S. Army Reserves on Jan. 25, 1959. He was called into active duty with the U.S. Army on Oct. 27, 1961, and served at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas; he was again honorably discharged on Aug. 5, 1962. He then returned to school and completed a double major and received degrees in business education and industrial technology from Moorhead State University.
Royce was united in marriage to Marlys Liebenow in Enderlin on Dec. 29, 1963.
His first teaching position was in Cooperstown in 1965. In 1966, Royce and Marlys moved to New Town where he worked in the family business and continued teaching. During the summer of 1978, Royce and a co-worker, Myron Overby, remodeled a building on Main Street in New Town and opened a pizza and fast food business called the Circle A Inn. Their children and students came to this place for enjoyment and employment after school. Royce retired in 1996, from New Town School District after 32 dedicated years. He then worked as a carpenter for Donald Carlson and Jack Smith and later worked in the business office at Northrop Grumman for 10 years, practicing what he preached to his students.
Royce served as a volunteer fireman with the New Town Fire Department for several years, served one term on the New Town City Council, and refereed many basketball games in the area. He was a member of the Beck-Sherven American Legion Post 290 and Bethel Lutheran Church, both of New Town. He enjoyed golfing and will always be remembered for the marathon golfing day he and Myron Overby completed, playing 126 holes on the first day of summer, at Edgewater Country Club. Royce was a talented woodworker, built several garages and decks and loved keeping busy; he never liked to stay in one place too long. He always was willing to lend a helping hand to his family and many friends. He looked forward to his trips to Branson, Mo., where he and Marlys purchased a second home. Royce also cherished spending time at the family cabin, on Little Knife Bay of Lake Sakakawea, surrounded by his family and close friends. Blessed be his memory among us.
Royce is survived by: his wife, Marlys of New Town; son, Eric (Charlene) of New Town; daughter, Lisa Aubol Long (Kat Munger) of Lacy, Wash.; grandchildren, Erika Long, Lexi Long, Austin Long, Wesley Aubol, Jessica Aubol and Clinton Aubol; brothers, Marland (Mildred) and Roger (Linda), both of New Town; sister, Lorna Masuo (Bob) of Edmonds, Wash.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Clare; and parents-in-law, Clinton and Lenora Liebenow.
Funeral: Thursday, May 15, at 11 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town.
Interment: Sanish Riverview Cemetery, New Town.
Visitation: Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.
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