Royce V. Caldwell, 75, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Battle Ground, Wash., passed away Tuesday morning, June 25, 2019, at his home.
Royce V. Caldwell, 75, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Battle Ground, Wash., passed away Tuesday morning, June 25, 2019, at his home. There will be a celebration of life and military honors for Royce on Monday, July 22, 2019. Time and location to be determined. Royce, son of Elmer Strong and Beverly (Hall) Caldwell, was born Sept. 29, 1943, in Payette, Idaho. He graduated from Battle Ground High School in 1962. While in high school, he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1960, and after graduation started active duty with the Navy. In 1961, Royce met the love of his life, Phyllis Borton. They were married March 30, 1963. To this beautiful union they welcomed their two children, Christopher and Angela. While raising their family in Battle Ground, Royce worked at various jobs in the sanitation industry. In 2003, Royce and Phyllis moved to Devils Lake and for the next ten years, they owned and operated the ND Coffee Connection on College Drive - the first ever drive-up coffee shop in town. They created many new and cherished friendships. They may not have always remembered your name, but they always knew your drink! Royce had many hobbies, most of which were outdoor hobbies. These included hunting, fishing, metal detecting, dredging for gold, and of course bowling, but most of all he loved being with his family and sharing stories. To say the least, Royce had the gift of gab. Royce is survived by; his wife of 56 years, Phyllis; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Gayle Caldwell of Baldwin, ND; daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Joseph Graham of Devils Lake; grandchildren, Quinn Caldwell of Vancouver, WA, Tasha (Matt) Cookman of Grand Forks, ND, Jordan (Joshua) Knutson of Bismarck, ND, Miranda (Lorne) Silbernagel of Bismarck, Kyle Leining of Williston, ND, and great-grandchildren, Layne Cookman, Thadeus and August Silbernagel; and his namesake, Ole Royce Knutson; as well as his sister, Cindy Stacy; and brother; Bill Caldwell of Rochester, WA. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.