Obituaries » John Juando Royo, Jr.

John Juando Royo, Jr.

June 8, 1935 - September 11, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Service: Viewing

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location : Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike Ellicott City MD, 21043

Service: Viewing

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location : Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike Ellicott City MD, 21043

Service: Funeral Service

Date: Friday, September 15, 2017, 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Location : Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike Ellicott City MD, 21043

Service: Interment

Date: Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Location : St. Johns Cemetery
3480 Saint Johns Ln Ellicott City MD, 21042

John Juando Royo, Jr. (Sonny)  June 8, 1935 – September 11, 2017.  John was born and raised in Highlandtown – Baltimore, Maryland, the son of John Royo Sr. of Barcelona, Spain and Mary (nee Wagowich) Royo.  He moved his young family to Howard County, Maryland just a few years before the new town of Columbia was founded.  John designed his own home and continued to make improvements himself until his mid 70’s.

John was active in the rifle club at Patterson Park High School in the early 1950’s and then joined the Maryland National Guard in 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1961 with the rank of Platoon Sergeant.  During and after high school John was an avid dancer and even entered and won a Jitterbug contest in downtown Baltimore with his then girlfriend, Margie (aka Marjorie Westerman), who he married in February of 1956.  He attended Johns Hopkins University McCoy College while working at Glenn L. Martin as a Draftsman.  When he moved his family to Howard County, Maryland John began working as a Design Engineer with Fairchild Hiller Industries, Bladensburg,  then Germantown, Maryland  and helped to design spacecraft for the Apollo missions including the LEM that landed on the Moon and the Hubble Space Telescope.  John’s signature is even on the Moon as part of the LEM capsule that remains on the Moon, as all of those in the design team added their names to the dashboard.  When computer design arrived on the design scene John attended Howard Community College to explore CAD (Computer Aided Design) classes to keep current with the industry standard.  John retired in 2000 from Swales Aerospace, Beltsville Maryland where he helped to design “weapons of mass destruction”.  In retirement John was a landscape and still life oil painter, even having his work on display at a gallery in Ellicott City, Maryland in 2003.

John traveled to various states across the United States with his family, but his favorite place for a family vacation was Walt Disney World, which he visited 40 times, the last time in 2014 just before he became ill.  John spent the first 35 Walt Disney World  family vacations with wife Margie, daughters Dawne, Tammy, and son John III. John’s  later vacations at Disney World were with Margie, Dawne, Tammy and her husband Johnnie Sczepanski.  

John is survived by his devoted and beloved wife of 61 years Margie, adored daughters Dawne Royo, Tammy Royo Sczepanski and husband Johnnie. John is also survived by his son John Juando Royo, III who has been missing for 17 years and which John had grieved for until the day he died.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in John’s name to Gilchrist Hospice Care 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 434 Columbia, MD 21045, or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate.  If your heart tells you to send flowers please request no lillies in the display.