The Life of Harold L. Royles III

Harold L. "Moose" Royles, III, of Topton, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 28, 2018, in St. Luke's University Health Network, Allentown. He was the loving husband of Connie L. (Rauenzahn) Royles, whom he married on February 2, 1974. Born in Philadelphia, Harold was a son of the late Harold L. Royles, II, and Bertha (Nabonzy) Stamm. He was raised by his mother, Bertha, and his step-father, William Stamm. Harold was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Topton, and attended Governor Mifflin High School.

Moose honorably and faithfully served his country in the 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army, with two tours of Vietnam. He was a recipient of The Purple Heart Award and The Bronze Star Medal Award with Valor. Harold was employed in the railroad industry for 37 years, first working for The Reading Company, then Conrail Corp., and finally, Norfolk Southern, where he retired as an Inspection Foreman in 2009. He also worked for Atlas Minerals & Chemicals, Inc., Mertztown. Moose was a member of The Purple Heart Association, Ray A. Master Post 217, American Legion, Topton, and Topton Fish and Game Association. He enjoyed camping, woodworking, building wooden birdhouses, and drinking coffee on his deck with his puppy, Rambo. Moose was also a Civil War "Buff" and loved being retired!

In addition to his wife of 44 years, Connie, Harold is survived by his two children, Lindsay B. (Royles), wife of Pastor Howard H. Fernsler, Pottsville, and Steven E. Royles, companion of Jen L. Reinhard, Kutztown; and a sister, Cynthia Stamm, Mertztown. He was predeceased by his father, mother, step-father, sister, Christine Yost, and brother, Michael Royles.

A memorial service to celebrate Moose's life and military honors provided by Ray A. Master Post 217, American Legion Honor Guard, Topton, will be held privately by his family as per his request.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Moose's memory to Military Order of the Purple Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 49, Annandale, VA 22003. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Topton, PA, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Keiser Christmas Party

As a young child I remember being around a fantastic group of people at Marie Keiser’s home in Topton during the annual Christmas party.  Moose was one of the people that made this fesitival the enjoyable occasion it was.   He will be missed.  

Posted by Trent S on 6/1/2018

Most Vivid Memmory

I remember seeing this guy whose size amazed me. Being a short petite girl, I was impressed and asked who he was.  I was told: Oh, that's Moose.  Everybody knows Moose!  Indeed, everybody knew Moose.  

Posted by Jane K on 5/30/2018


So I was told by my Mother, Connie wanted to go to her prom; however, like many of us in the family, she is tall. Apparently, Mim and my Mother toyed with the idea of me, being 6',  taking Connie to the prom. I am not sure if Connie knows this story. The Knight who came to save the day and take Connie to the prom was Moose. I always was greatfull to Moose for saving the day, so that Connie would not be embarrassed having her younger cousin take her to the prom. God bless Moose!                    Denny Ritter 

Posted by Dennis R on 6/1/2018


Thanks for the sentiment Denny but this is not true,  moose and I met long after high school, I did not know him in high school!

Posted by Connie R on 6/2/2018

Awesome Brother In Law

I remember the first time I saw Moose at his parent's hotel, tending bar. The very handsome soldier just returned from serving his country. My sister was lucky to share her life with this wonderful guy, who treated her like gold. Moose, the wonderful family man who had fearlessly served his country, and did it proudly. You will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace, Moose. There is a special place for you in Heaven. Love you, Joan

Posted by Joan K on 6/3/2018