By Nicole Hamilton
Enquirer staff writer
VILLA HILLS - Edward R. Royek opened the first chiropractor's office in Florence in 1947.
By the time he retired, he had treated more than 12,000 patients in the Northern Kentucky area.
Dr. Royek died Friday at his Villa Hills residence of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 86.
"He was such an intelligent man, and a great artist. He painted, drew and hooked his own rugs. Just a sweet, gentle, caring, Christian man who never stopped learning," said his stepdaughter, Carolyn Haynes of Florence.
Dr. Royek was raised in Dearborn, Mich., and graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1940.
He entered the Navy in 1945. He served in Guam, caring for World War II casualties from Okinawa and Iwo Jima.
After being honorably discharged, Dr. Royek moved to Northern Kentucky and eventually opened his practice, first in Covington, and later in Florence.
Later, he opened an office in Boone County.
Dr. Royek retired in 1991.
A Kentucky Colonel, he was also a member of Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity, Kentucky Association of Chiropractors, and was a charter member and past president of the Northern Kentucky Chiropractic Association.
He was also a member of Elsmere Senior Center.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Davy and Richard.
Besides his stepdaughter, other survivors include his wife, Hilda L. Royek of Villa Hills; a daughter, Jeanne Roberts Villa Hills; two stepsons, Ken Hall of Verona and Rick Hall of Elsmere; two other stepdaughters, Linda Van Winkle of Independence, and Robin Patten of Hillsboro, Ohio; a brother, Dr. Gilbert Royek of Dearborn, Mich.; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, 18 step-grandchildren and 18 step-great-grandchildren.
Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home, Elsmere-Erlanger, is handling arrangements. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Church, Crescent Springs. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.
Memorials can be made to St. Joseph Church, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs, 41017.
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