Thomas Ryan Royal, 61

Published 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Thomas Ryan Royal, 61, of Chicago, Illinois and beloved husband to Christine M. Franz, passed away at home May 5, 2024. Born in Yokosuka, Japan to Loren Edward and the late Betty Jo (née Bee) Melton. Thomas is survived by his stepmother Sheree Anderson Royal; sisters Jodie (Doug) Royal Menish and Lori-Anne (Jonathan) Royal Clark; his nephews Samuel Forrest and Coleman Thomas Clark; and niece Edith Louise Clark. Tom was special to all who knew him, and he never met a stranger. For him life was an adventure whether that was living overseas, traveling, exploring Chicago or spending time at Tryon Farm. Always on the move, Tom was a swimmer, walker, ice skater, and swing dancer. A life-long learner, avid reader, movie buff, jazz enthusiast and lover of food. Tom also spoke three languages. Internment is private and services are being held as followed: Memorial Service Sunday, August 4, 2024 3:00 pm Indian Hills Christian Church 1200 Lexington Road Danville, KY 40422 At Tom’s request, there will be a Celebration of his life at his and Christine’s country home at Tryon Farm, Michigan City, Indiana. It was Tom’s fondest wish to share his home with friends and family and all are invited to gather there to celebrate his life. Celebration of Life Saturday, October 5, 2024 12 – 4 pm 26 Tryon Farm Lane Michigan City, IN 46360 For more information please reach out to

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