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Roy Settlemyer, advocate for disabled, dies in accident.

Byline: Bill Bishop The Register-Guard

A longtime advocate and professional case manager who helped hundreds of people with developmental disabilities get training and employment so they could live independently died Sunday in an accident while clearing downed trees on his land near Veneta.

Roy Charles Settlemyer, 56, worked for several years at Goodwill Industries in Eugene in the 1980s, served on the board of directors for The ARC of Lane County and most recently worked as a case manager for 140 clients of Lane County Developmental Disabilities Services.

"He really loved this work. He was really connected with people with disabilities and their families," said Cheryl Applegate, a co-worker. "He's going to be really missed."

The ARC of Lane County recognized his outstanding dedication with its 1992 Lisl Waechter Award.

"He gave a lot of himself and really cared about the people we serve. He held in high value the things they are able to accomplish with support," said Pam Ring, executive director of The ARC of Lane County.

His friends and co-workers describe him as a soft-spoken gentleman, a consummate player of the bass, who was deeply involved with his family and enjoyed working on his land.

He was working Saturday to repair damage from a windstorm two years ago when a large root ball from a tree fell on him, burying him. Although he had been working with an assistant, no one witnessed the accident. A rescue effort was unsuccessful.

Settlemyer was born March 15, 1948, in Baltimore, the son of Charles Settlemyer and Jean Schlick. He lived in Temple Hill, Md., and graduated from Frostburg State College. He was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. He married Kylene Folsom-Settlemyer in Falls City in 1983.

Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Monika Settlemyer of Veneta; two sons, Jesse Settlemyer of Seattle and Shea Settlemyer of Veneta; a twin sister, Beth Settlemyer of North Carolina, seven other sisters, Becky Minetto of Maryland, Beki Holbrook, Mary Monet, Kathryn Reed and Kat Neibel all of Eugene, Sheila Link of Veneta and Cindy Bovee of North Carolina. A son, Drail Settlemyer, died in 1980.

A celebration of his life is planned for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 477 E. 40th Ave., Eugene. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roy Settlemyer Memorial Fund at the Oregon Community Credit Union. Andreason's Cremation and Burial Service is in charge of arrangements.
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