Richard L. (Dick) Royer, Columbus REALTORS® 1977 President and the father of
our current president, John Royer, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016, at First
Dick, born on June 10, 1938, in Canton, Ohio to the late Ira Wilson and Grace
(Lothamer) Royer, was a graduate of Canton Lehman High School, class of 1956 and
of The Ohio State University College of Business, class of 1962, with a degree in real
estate. After college, he became a lifelong resident of Upper Arlington and began
his real estate career with Kohr and Kohr in 1962, where he spent his entire business
career with partners Tom and Ted Kohr.
In the early 1970s, the company became Kohr and Royer, and in the early 1980s,
partner Mike Griffith joined the company and it became known as Kohr, Royer,
Griffith Inc. (KRG), which is still in business today.
During his tenure as Columbus REALTORS® president, education was a key
component of his agenda. He felt that to protect the future of this great industry,
each REALTOR® member should pledge to provide the highest level of service to
all clients on an equal basis, which meant everyone needed to be better educated,
better informed and better prepared to serve their clients. Toward that end, several
national speakers (Dick Milham, Jerry Lucas, Tom Hopkins, and Al Viorel) were
featured at monthly dinner meetings that year and the scholarship fund grew to
more than $10,000 for the first time.
Dick also served as President of the Ohio Association of REALTORS®, the Columbus
Rotary Club and the local chapter of the Appraisal Institute. He held the Member of
the Appraiser Institute (MAI) designation, which is the highest achievement that is
available to an appraiser and was a certified general appraiser.
He was a long-time member of King Avenue United Methodist Church where he
formerly served as head usher and a trustee. He loved classic cars, OSU sports
and lunching downtown at the Columbus Club where he was a member for many
years. He was also a member of the Scioto Country Club and held many offices and
board positions on for-profit and non-profit boards through the years.
Dick loved the city of Columbus and Upper Arlington and felt truly blessed to be
a part of life here in this city, and always lived by the saying, "I have never met a
Dick is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Ann; sons, John (Stacey) and David
(Sara) of Upper Arlington; six grandchildren, Hannah, Libby, Sari, Riley, Alexis, and
Luke; and sisters, Janet (Ernest) Svensson and Caroline (Harold) Ross.
In Dick’s memory, contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Central
Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215, or to the First Community
Village Foundation, 1800 Riverside Dr., Columbus, OH 43212.