F.M. “Pete” Royer is the youngest son of Kenneth & Lois Royer. He grew up in Oak Grove and graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1968. Pete attended college at the University of Missouri at Columbia, graduating in 1972. He then graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science of Dallas, Texas in 1973. After serving an apprenticeship in Kansas City, and managing a funeral home in Springfield, Colorado, Pete returned to Oak Grove in 1977 and became a partner with his father. He has served as the Treasurer and Sexton of the Oak Grove Cemetery Association since 1980. Pete is a member of the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove.
Barbara grew up in Higginsville, MO and graduated from Higginsville High School. She and Pete married on January 26, 1985. At that time, she was a widow and the co-owner of a clothing store in Oak Grove. Barbara obtained her Funeral Director’s license in 1988. She worked at the Oak Grove office for 20 years and has now retired. She and Pete have four children (two each), Holly McCullough, Jason Reynolds, TSgt. Benjamin Royer of the US Air Force, and Eric Royer. Barbara is a member of the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove and Beta Sigma Phi -Xi Theta Beta Sorority. Pete & Barb reside in Oak Grove.
Holly grew up in Oak Grove and graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1986. She is Pete & Barbara’s daughter and has worked at Royer’s since 1997. She is the Office Manager and Secretary at the Oak Grove office. She currently is an apprentice Funeral Director. Holly worked at the Grain Valley office for 15 years before moving to the Oak Grove office in March 2015. She is married to Kevin and has four children, Joshua, Andrew, Robin, & Mikayla, and one granddaughter, Sophie. Holly is a member of First Baptist Church of Oak Grove, and is an Asst. Leader for Mikayla’s Girl Scout troop. She and her family reside in Oak Grove.
C. Edward Bell
Ed has served as Office Manager & Funeral Director for Royer-Hays Funeral Home, our Blue Springs facility, for the past 7 years. He was a preneed salesman for Royer Funeral Homes for 3 years prior to becoming a full time employee. He retired from the ministry after serving for many years as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Grain Valley. Ed and his wife, Judy, reside in Blue Springs.
Chris graduated from Oak Grove High School in 2008 and from Kansas City Community College in 2014, with a degree in Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director. He is Pete & Barb’s grandson and has worked at Royer’s since 2012. Chris is married to Whitney, and they have one son, Clayton. They reside in Odessa.
Larry grew up in Orrick, MO and graduated from Orrick High School. He became a Funeral Director in 1979, and graduated from Kansas City Community College in 1989, with a degree in Mortuary Science. He served his apprenticeship and was employed by several other funeral homes in the Kansas City area. Larry is currently the Manager and Funeral Director for Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. He also serves as Funeral Director at our New Salem office. He is a member of the Orrick Christian Church and of the Ada Masonic Lodge #444. Larry and his wife, Vickie, reside in Orrick.
Beverly has served as Office Manager & Secretary for the New Salem office for 9 years. She also helps families with cemetery lot purchases and designing monuments in New Salem Cemetery. Beverly graduated from Northeast High School. She is a member of Mount Washington United Methodist Church and sings in several choirs. Beverly enjoys spending time with her 8 children and 18 grandchildren. She resides in Independence.
Robin graduated from Oak Grove High School in 2012 and the House of Heavilin School of Cosmetology in 2013. She is Pete & Barb’s granddaughter, and Holly’s daughter. Robin is the office manager & secretary at the Grain Valley facility.
Bob Richard, Deanna Olson, Frank Gauld, Vera Bullard, and Charles Fultz all work as part-time assistants, helping with removals, visitations, funerals, etc., as needed. Deanna is also a licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director.
Royer's Oak Grove
101 SE 15th St
Oak Grove, MO 64075
Royer's Grain Valley
100 Royer Lane
Grain Valley, MO 64029
Royer-Hays Blue Springs
205 SW 17th Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Royer's New Salem
1823 N Blue Mills Rd
Independence, MO 64058