Thomas Earl Royston was born March 7, 1936 to Earl J. and Anna L. (Goltz) Royston at Marquette, IA. In June 1948 he moved with his family to Ethan, SD, where he graduated from Ethan High School in 1954. On October 14, 1959 he married Marlys Kenyon. He was employed with National Cash Register Co. in Madison, WI, Red Owl Food Stores in Mitchell and Pierre and G.F. Buche Co. in Mitchell and Wagner. In January 1964 he joined the Mitchell Police Department where he worked for 24 years. On June 26, 1982 he married Edna Whittington. They owned and operated Edna’s Flowers for several years. Tom was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a past member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
He is survived by his wife, Edna, one son, Todd Royston and wife Julie of Oshkosh, NE, one daughter, Justine Feulmer and husband Jeff of Spring Grove, PA, step-children, Dennis Whittington of Hawarden, IA, William Dean Whittington and wife Andrea of Rapid City, David Whittington and wife Jennifer of Boise, ID, Drew Whittington and friend Sue of Brookland Park, MN, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, one brother, Mike Royston and wife Carol of Dimock, two sisters, Anne Murtha and husband John of Dimock, Lynne Moulin and husband Ray of Burnsville, MN, two half sisters, Marge LaBrosse and Marian Genin and husband Ray of Madison, WI, a half sister-in-law, Virginia Royston of Edwardville, IL, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.