|Death: ||Jun. 11, 2006|
San Luis Obispo County
Roy Walter Herbold
1917 - 2006
Roy Walter Herbold, a veteran of WWII who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, and the Cross of France, died in Arroyo Grande on Sunday, June 11 at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Agnes. Everything Roy did involved longevity. He worked for Lomita Gasoline Company on Signal Hill for 50 years, and he and Agnes lived in their Lakewood home for 40 years, where they raised four sons and a daughter. He was an active volunteer in the Boy Scouts, and for 25 years was Scoutmaster of Troop 95 at St. Bernard's School in Bellflower and Troop 12 in Lakewood. In addition to year's worth of summer camps, camporees, and winter camps, he was Scoutmaster at the National Jamboree in Colorado Springs in 1960 and Valley Forge in 1964. In 1967, he was Scoutmaster at the World Jamboree in Farragut, Idaho. He received the St. George Award and the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honors that can be bestowed on scouting volunteers. Roy was initiated into the Boy Scout's Long Beach Area Council's Tribe of Tahquitz in 1957, and had the Indian name Sharp Eyes. He did all of the initial surveying for the 640 acre scout camp in Barton Flats in the late 50's. Born and raised in Los Angeles and Compton, Roy was a sports enthusiast all his life. In high school and college he played competitive tenni s, a sport he played regularly for 70 years. His kids would brag that none of them could ever beat him. And they never did. As a teen-ager, he attended the 1932 Olympics with his brother Ralph, and he could still remember the names of the first three finishers in every track and field event over 70 years later. He was an avid USC, L.A. Dodger, L.A. Rams and California Angels fan. He and Agnes were Dodger and Angel season ticket holders during the 1960s and 1970s, and they made a habit of keeping score at ev ery game they attended. He coached Little League baseball at Mayfair Park in the 70's. After their children grew older, Roy and Agnes were able to spend more time alone with each other. In the 1970's and 1980's, they joined the Los Angeles Wheelmen, and they rode their bicycles up and down the West Coast, often participating in 100 mile, 200 mile, and even 300 mile events. Roy was always a determined cyclist. At the age of 70, he rode 300 miles straight in 22 hours, in spite of taking a nasty spill during t he race. Roy and Agnes vacationed often over the years throughout Europe, traveling everywhere by bicycle for weeks at a time, staying in a different town or city every night. They especially loved the southern English countryside. On one of their Southern California bicycle trips, they fell in love with the coastal village of Arroyo Grande, and they retired there in 1987. Roy hung up his bike and learned to play golf, and within a few years had not one hole-in-one, but two. He was active as a volunteer at St. Patrick's Church in Arroyo Grande, until suffering a stroke in 2002. Roy leaves behind his five children, Mike Herbold (Jana) of Lakewood, Nancy Swanson (Rich) of Laguna Niguel, Roy Herbold Jr. (Janet) of Tustin, Rick Herbold (Mary) of La Palma, and Jerry Herbold (Ronda) of Central Point, Oregon. There are also 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Roy is also survived by his older brother, Ralph, of Ashland, Oregon. Their sister, Dorothy Martin, a long time resident of Long Beach, died in 2004. Please sign the guestbook at Presstelegram.com/obituaries.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on 6/17/2006.
Created by: Bonita Olmer
Record added: Sep 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15574272