NORMAN — Ret. Lt. Royce Oland Weddle passed from this life Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at his home in Norman. He was born June 20, 1941, in Ardmore to parents Joe and Edna Weddle.
Weddle graduated from Noble High School in 1959. Weddle then worked road construction until joining the Oklahoma National Guard in 1962. During his tenure with the Oklahoma National Guard (’62-’68), Weddle earned the rating of “expert” with rifle and handgun and was top qualifier on the company’s small bore rifle team. While on active reserve with the National Guard in 1963, he joined the Norman Police Department as a patrolman. Weddle was promoted to sergeant in 1968 and then to lieutenant in 1973. As a gunsmith during his last 10 years (’73-’83) at Norman PD, Weddle built and maintained firearms for NPD SWAT Team and the NPD Pistol Team. Weddle retired from the Norman Police Department after 20 years of service in February 1983.
Weddle trained at the National F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Va., Smith & Wesson Gunsmith School and Murray State College Police Gunsmith School.
As a member of the Norman Police Department Pistol Team from ’65-’83, Weddle won the annual Oklahoma National Rifle Association Police Revolver Championship 14 out of 20 years he participated; won five N.R.A. Regional Police Combat Revolver Championships; in 1975, won the U.S. N.R.A. National Police Department Revolver Championship, Jackson, Mich.; in 1977, won — with a record-setting score — the National Shooters League National Championship, Laramie, Wy.; in 1979, was captain of the winning four-man team in the municipal category of the N.R.A. National Pistol Championship; and placed four consecutive years (’81-’84) in the Bianchi Cup Invitational N.R.A. Action Pistol Championship.
After retirement, Weddle continued shooting competitively and won awards in many other local, regional and state matches over the years. He continued working until recently with his business, Weddle’s Custom Guns.
In his retirement, Weddle was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on any kind of machine he could find. He was a collector of many things, an enthusiastic hobbyist and most of all enjoyed spending time with his family, including five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents, Joe Boyd and Edna Irene Weddle; brother, James Kenneth Weddle; and father-in-law, Edgar Hambleton.
He is survived by wife, Cheryl of 41 years; sons Danny and wife Shelby of Norman and Michael and wife Melinda of Norman; daughter, Dana of Los Angeles; brother, Charles Weddle and wife Marilyn of Davis Junction, Ill.; sisters Sandra Kent and husband Frank of Noble, Glenda Crossen of Vallejo, Calif., and Anna Hackney and husband Hall of Cameron Park, Calif.; mother-in-law, Mary Hambleton of Norman; and grandchildren Samuel Royce, Marcus Zachary, Claire Gabrielle, Phoenix Oliver and Chloe Peyton, all of Norman.
Arrangements for Royce and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St., with the family present to receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1289 Northcliff Ave. in Norman.
Interment will follow services at Noble IOOF Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013