Roy Earlman

Obituary of Roy Earlman

Earlman, Roy H. Born in Elizabeth, NJ on  December 7, 1931, Roy Herbert Earlman held two things dear to him throughout his life — family and country. He was a father, grandfather, and friend to many.  He was a soft, gentle man who had career accomplishments that include Chief of County Detectives of Union County, NJ, corporate investigator for PSEG, and 39 years in the US Military.

He was our very own version of CSI. During Desert Storm in 1991, Chief Warrant Officer W-4 Roy H. Earlman was called to protective services by the US Army serving as the acting bodyguard for former Vice President Dick Cheney and the General of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Throughout his 39 year tenure he served in a diversity of crime units including homicide, terrorism, and organized crime. Asked if he’d serve again, Roy’s reply was always, “in a heartbeat”.

He attended the FBI academy in Quantico, VA, NJ Police Academy, Intelligence in Combating Terrorism, and more. If you were lucky enough to hear Roy’s stories of his days as a crime fighter, you would remember one of his favorites of rescuing a child who was kidnapped – keeping a picture of the boy in his wallet until the day he passed.  Memories include the day the train came through Newark with John F. Kennedy’s body, working to keep the peace during the tumultuous times of the late '60s, and solving many murder cases.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 34 years Patricia Liddy-Earlman, his children Roy J. Earlman (Cathy), Maureen Earlman-Castimore (Fred Petri); and step-children Anthony John Zeleniak III (deceased), Shannon M. Zeleniak, James (Alicia) Zeleniak, and Kerri Zeleniak. He was pop-pop to Joseph, Roy Thomas, Alycia, Kerianne, Dylan, Maeve, Scarlett, Varjak Paul, and Saoirse.

His pride and joy were his two pups, Sadie and Maggie, who continued to be by his side until his last breath. He is predeceased by his beloved mother Ruth Halligan and step father William Halligan.  Sincere gratitude to Maureen and Vanessa from Angelic Hospice who spent countless hours making sure Roy kept his looks as the most handsome, well shaven man in town.

A Prayer Service will be offered Friday, October 12th at 1:00 pm at The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ where friends and family may call from 12 noon until the time of service. Burial will follow in Cape May County Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations are encouraged in Roy’s name to the Wounded Warriors Project; https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org