Roy (Papa) Thomas Werthen

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Roy (Papa) Thomas Werthen, age 74 peacefully passed away March 26, 2024 surrounded by his family in Waco, TX.  Roy was born on July 19, 1949 to his loving parents, Reba and JT Werthen.

Memorial Visitation: 6 ~ 8PM Friday, March 29th at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Roy bravely served his country as a young man, joining the United States Marine Corps and serving in Vietnam.  He carried with him the spirit of service throughout his life.

Roy found solace and joy in the simple pleasures of life, especially when surrounded by nature. He cherished his time outdoors and never missed an opportunity to cast his line into the river and fish.

Professionally, Roy was a skilled auto body mechanic, lending his expertise to various shops in the Waco area, including Crow and Roberts, Wade’s Auto Body and Napa where he most recently worked in auto parts delivery.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Reba and JT Werthen; siblings, Sue Merritt and Carol Wayne Werthen.

Roy is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Diane (Nannie) Werthen; daughters, Monica Hensel, Ravin Werthen, Rosiland (Kim) Beatty; stepdaughter, Christy Player; son, Michael Floyd; siblings, Kay (James) Tindell, Joyce (Pedro) Olivares, Becky (Gary) Schlasman, Loretta Cureton and Stevie Strong; also, he is survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Roy will be fondly remembered for his unwavering dedication to his family, his service for his country, and his passion for life’s simple pleasures. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Dear Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Roy’s passing. He has been heavy on my mind the last few weeks. I should have acted on those thoughts and reached out. Roy was with us for so many years. He was one of the best employees we have ever had. He was honest and a hard worker. He took pride in everything he did. He will be greatly missed. The Waco store will never be the same. We fell very blessed to have had Roy as part of our work family. Each of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Renee and Louis Sims along with Bryan Mach and all of the Napa employees

  2. Becky Schlasman

    Love ❤️ you big Brother

  3. Condolences to the family. We are praying for you all during this difficult time.

  4. Bluebonnet Health (Hospice) Services Team

    Dear Diane Werthen and Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss, you and your family have our deepest sympathy. May all the memories you cherished together will provide peace and comfort now and in the days ahead.

    Bluebonnet Health (Hospice) Services Team

  5. I’m so sorry for the families loss I will always have my memories of Roy when he took leave in California to see me and Sonny and Dean in California so glad I got to talk to him a few weeks ago Diane I’m praying for you I know this loss is hard he was a great cousin love you all

  6. Billy Pinkerton

    Sorry for your loss
    Praying for the family

  7. Joyce Olivarez

    Love you brother will miss you❤️

  8. Jeremy Walpole

    Roy worked with me at NAPA for a long time, he was an awesome person, quiet and reserve but could always lift you up on rough days. He was a very honorable man who spoke proudly of his family and took great pride in his work. Our customer always spoke fondly of him and could always count on his professionalism. He did know how to cut up at times and have a good laugh and he was always the first to break in to the treats in the break room fridge. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  9. I worked with him at NAPA he was a good person soft spoken and kind. He will be dearly missed.

  10. Victoria Lewis Scott

    Rest In Peace, Roy. You were a great guy and a good friend to those you called friends. The world just got a little less happy without you around. See you on the other side.

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