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Roy M. Shofner, 74, of Lake Wales, Florida, formerly of Columbus, passed away at 8:50 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus, after a long battle with leukemia.
Roy was born April 10, 1939, in Columbus, to Clarence Roy and Geneva S. (Carothers) Shofner-Clem. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Carole A. Shofner. Two children, Kimberly (Nelson) Hand and Scott (Barbara) Shofner, both of Columbus, from his prior marriage to Patricia McCampbell (now Evans), also survive.
Roy is also survived by two stepchildren, Sean (Thuy) Miller and Sena (Jaque) Jessen, both of Indianapolis; six grandchildren, Bradley (Kirsten) Shofner, Brandon (Morgan) Shofner, Kimberli Hand and Peyton Hand, Ryan Jent and Ayden Jent; and three great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Beckham Shofner, and Jack Jent. Also surviving are two brothers, Bill (Brenda) Shofner of New Albany, Ind., Brent (Kelly) Clem of Columbus, and a sister, Roberta (Kevin) Hoffer of Pittsboro, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Roy graduated from New Albany High School in New Albany, Indiana, in 1957, with an illustrious basketball career both there and at Columbus High School, where he played until his junior year. He attended Bellarmine University. Roy retired from Cummins Engine (Fuel Injection Plant) in 1996 after 35 years of service. After retirement, he worked at the French Lick Springs Resort golf course. He was an avid IU basketball fan and loved fishing and golf.
Roy never met a stranger. He adored his family and cherished his very loyal friends.
The funeral will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Terry L. Pinnick officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9:30 a.m. until service time Thursday. Entombment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
Online condolences may be sent to the Shofner family and a video tribute may be viewed at www.barkesweaverglick.com.