Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Roy John Sifferlin

Roy John Sifferlin, age 84, of Shelby, died Sunday, November 4, 2018 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

Roy was born August 27, 1934 in Shelby the son of the late Francis and Cornelia T. (Maag) Sifferlin. He was a 1953 graduate of Shelby High School. For a short time, Roy worked at Main Street Furniture in Shelby and for the next 32 years he owned and operated Roy’s Interior Design in downtown Shelby. He was a lifelong member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. He decorated the church for every occasion for over 50 years. One always knew when Roy was in the room or near by as he had an infectious and exuberant laugh. He never met anyone he didn’t like. He will be greatly missed by many.

Roy is survived by his brothers: Carl (Margaret) Sifferlin of Shelby and his twin: Ray (Ruth) Sifferlin of Ontario; sister-in-law: Sue Sifferlin of New Philadelphia; Many nieces and nephews and friends too numerous to count including the nuns at St. Francis Convent in Joliet, Illinois, where his sister resided for many years. He was preceded in death by: parents; 2 sisters: Sr. Bernadette (Viola) Sifferlin, OSF and Rosemary Bricker; brother: Dr. John Sifferlin.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 6-8 PM at Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where the rosary will be recited at 8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 11 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby. Father Chris Mileski will officiate. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Barbara Kaple says:

    Roy was one of a kind – a great man, lots of fun and yes he had an infectious and exuberant laugh! He will be missed by all that knew and loved him!

  2. Ann Imhoff says:

    Ray, Carl and family
    So sorry to read about Roy’s passing. We had fun times together. Give Tom a big hug for me and say hello to Mary Kay.

  3. Shirley Fagan says:

    He will be missed at Park Village. How ironic, we were neighbors as kids, then ended up being neighbors in here. I always enjoyed Roy’s company when he was out. Sending sympathy to family.

  4. Kendra Mahon says:

    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He could sure make you smile with that laugh.

  5. Penny Heitzman Bricker says:

    So sorry for your loss. Dad and I spent many an evening visiting with Roy. Always enjoyed his company. RIP

  6. Kathy Kanney says:

    We are so sorry to here of Roy’s passing. He was a great guy. He helped me cook meals at St Mary’s and it was always fun. He was a great cook and cooked the meals for our girls weddings. We will not be attending his funeral because we will be at my Aunt’s funeral in Toledo. You have our sympathy.

  7. Vicki (Wolfersberger) Dawson says:

    Sad to hear about the passing of “Uncle Roy.” He was such a fun guy to be around and if I yelled “Uncle Roy” from across the room he knew immediately it was me.
    My sincere sympathy to Deb, Barb and all of his family. Wonderful memories of my dear neighbors…

  8. Lori McCartney says:

    Roy will be missed, it was hard to not notice him in the room. Truly one of a kind. Rest In Peace Roy.

  9. Larry Frontz says:

    So very sorry to hear about Roy’s passing. I am a 4th. generation nephew on my fathers side, Agus Sifferlin Frontz was his mother. I did have the privilege of getting to know him when I lived at Park Village. R.I.P. Uncle Roy.

  10. Amy Albert Brown and Helene Albert says:

    Sending sympathy for your family. We always remember Roy with his larger than life personality and laughter. He was a joy!

  11. Jan Burton says:

    Roy made anything fun. I really missed our early morning talks in church even if it was only for a few minutes. Rest in peace my friend.

  12. Fr. Nicholas Cuningham says:

    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing, I will never forget how beautiful he decorated Most Pure Heart of Mary Church for Christmas and Easter. Truly it was one of the most beautiful Churches in the Diocese when he was done! Rest in peace Roy and may God reward you for the blessings you gave to others!

  13. Edna Karnes says:

    Nancy and Todd, so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He was a neighbor of Mom’s at Park Village. I would take him tomatoes from my garden, and an occasional ice cream cone from McD’s. He will be missed by many at Park Village.

  14. Ed Russell says:

    Rest in peace Roy. Sad that such an infectious laugh is silenced. To the family my condolences to you all. He was one of a kind.

  15. Sally Leonhardt Nelson says:

    Condolences to Roy’s family on their loss. My parents, Paul and Theresa Leonhardt, owned the house next to Roy when he lived on Steele Ave. It was an honor having Roy next door. So sorry to read of his passing.

  16. Deacon Denny Burkett says:

    Things just got a lot louder and funnier in heaven.
    Roy could make any room brighter just by his presence.
    Enjoy heaven Roy… it’s your reward for all the good things you have done for so many others.

  17. Janet Stover says:

    I’m so sorry to see that Roy has passed away. Lots of good memories of many fun times with Roy over the years. Such a great sense of humor, and that laugh! He will most definitely be missed by all who knew and loved him. My sympathy to his family…keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Doug and Amy Shatzer says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Sifferlin family. Many great memories of him while growing up and that laugh of his you always knew he was there even if you didn’t see him. He will greatly be missed by all of us that knew him.

  19. Marilyn Shepherd says:

    Roy always decorated the church beautifully and the school gym for any event. Loved his laugh. What a great guy. My deepest condolences to all of the family. Shelby will miss this great guy. Heaven gained a new member. Rest In Peace.

  20. Perry C Brokaw says:

    What a gentleman. Truly a fun person. Lived his life to the fullest . No complaining. Thanks Roy for sharing your life with so many in many ways.

  21. Terry Booker says:

    Rest In Peace Roy, never stop that laugh. Really enjoyed your company, you always added so much to wherever I’d see you, you’ll be missed.

  22. JoAnn Andrews says:

    So sorry to hear this. Roy was such a happy guy. Such a talent for decorating and always had something nice to say. He will be missed. Prayers for his family..

  23. Paul Coleman says:

    With Love and Prayers

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