Floyd Emery

Floyd Emery, 84, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. He was born to Lily Moore Emery and Charles Clifford Emery on Dec. 30, 1933. Floyd attended grade school and graduated from Roy High School. He was the Boys State delegate, and was the highest ranking young man scholastically of the 1953 Roy High School Graduates. Floyd was very athletic and participated in all sports, lettering in football, basketball, and track. His speed enabled him to set records and win district titles in 100 yd. and 440 yd. races.

Floyd eloped with the love of his life, Beverly Hailstone McNulty on July 23, 1954, and they began a marriage that lasted 58 years, ending only with the loss of Bev’s life. The marriage produced five children, Bruce Emery of Billings, Roger (Regan) Emery of Belgrade, Anita (Dave) Peters of Lewistown, Patti (Carson) Rife of Spokane, Wash., and Kim (Darrin) Miller of Billings; grandchildren Jessie (Vinny) Hopkins of Dickinson, N.D., Sandy Emery of Bozeman, Grant Emery of Lewistown, Logan Aro of Bozeman, Misty (Chris) Tull of Billings, Holly (Andrew) Demarest of Billings, Nathan (Ivy) Peters of Anchorage, Alaska, Nick (Jessaca) Rife of Medical Lake, Wash., Kale (Carleigh) Rife of Missoula, Chelsi (Dan) Bay of Helena, McKenzie Rife of Missoula, Tia (Zach) Long of Loveland, CO, Destiny Kober of Billings and DJ Miller of Laurel, in addition to 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Floyd is also survived by his sister, Wanda (Emil) Anich, of Roy. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Emery; his mother, Lily Emery; his brother, Larry Emery; his uncle, Grant D. Emery; grandson Greg Emery; and great-granddaughter baby Faith Tull.

Floyd was a veteran of the United States Army, and upon his honorable discharge, returned to his hometown of Roy.

Dad was a talented man with many skills who earned his living by shearing sheep throughout Montana, ranching south of Roy, and as a maintenance worker at the CMR Wildlife Refuge. He devoted his life to the needs of his family and was the “go to guy” for his neighbors and his many friends. He was actively involved in the Roy community, serving on the Roy School board and water board for many years. Upon retirement, his hobbies included carving diamond willow picture frames, canes and walking sticks, reading, and meeting with his friends to play pinochle. He was a skilled outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting with a rifle, bow and arrow, fishing, and trapping. Like many men of his generation, responsibilities came first, and his word was his bond. Floyd was a man of honor, faith and family.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a yet-to-be-determined later date. Donations in his memory can be made to the Roy Endowment Fund, Roy, MT 59471; or a charity of choice. Service and cremation arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.creelfuneralhome.com

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