Dr. James L. Olroyd

Dr. James L. Olroyd, 65, of Swansea, Illinois, born Monday, February 3, 1947, in Hillsboro, IL, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at his residence after a year long battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family.

Dr. Olroyd worked as a Podiatrist in Belleville since 1978. He graduated with a Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1970 and his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 1974. He did 2 years surgical residency in St. Louis, MO and was the first Podiatrist on staff at Memorial Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital.  

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: Vincent Dale and Mildred E. nee Jurgena Olroyd.

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: Rebecca Y. nee Boone Olroyd, married August 13, 1966
  • Children
    • Sarah (Bobby) Schneebeli of Swansea, IL
    • Pamela (Mike) May of Brea, CA
    • J. Douglas (Jill) Olroyd of Chesterfield, MO
    • Dr. Emily R. Olroyd of Swansea, IL
  • Brother: Terry (Pat) Olroyd of Hillsboro, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Zachary and Bailey Schneebeli
    • Claire and Tanner Olroyd
    • Jack and Patrick May
  • Mother-in-Law: Billie Bonne of Hillsboro, IL
  • Brothers & Sisters-in-Law
    • Charles (Mary) Boone of Rolla, MO
    • William (Maryann) Boone of Colorado Springs, CO
    • Vince (Vicki) Boone of Dekalb, IL
    • Gwen (Bob) Frazier of Irving, IL
    • Tammie (Ken) Christian of Harrisburg, IL
  • Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Friends

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the PKD Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, July 6, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Condolences left for Dr. James L. Olroyd:

    Becky and Family, so sorry to hear of your loss. He seemed so happy at our 45th reunion. May the Lord bless all of you as you face each new day, and the memories close to your hearts.

    Jo Anne Major Pawnee Illinois 62558

    Becky & all of your family. I want to express my sincere condolences to you and all of your family on the loss of such a great person. Jim was always such a kind and friendly person. I am truly so very sorry..

    Paula (Clotfelter) Ruot Springfield Ill 62704

    Dear Becky and family.....I was so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was always smiling and joking when I ran into him. He was truly a wonderful man....I will miss him. Sincerely, Mike Lukens and family

    Michael L. Lukens Trenton Illinois 62293

    Sarah & Becky,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

    Jeff Schaltenbrand Millstadt Il. 62260

    Becky and Family sorry to here about your loss.Jim was a good DR. and friend.Are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Vic,Diann and Girls

    VICTOR AND DIANN CASTILLO belleville Illinois 62221-____

    I was a patient of Dr. Olroyd's for many years. He always knew what to do to help. He was a pleasant person.I'm glad he was my doctor.Please accept my sympathy.

    Cheryl Mallon Waterloo Illinois 62298

    Becky, Sarah, Pam, Doug & Emily.

    You all were like a 2nd family to me growing up. My heart aches for you as I know 1st hand how tight a crew the Olroyds always were & how wonderful a man Dr Olroyd was. Please know I truly wish I could be there in person to pay my respects. I miss and love you all dearly.

    Anthony (A.J.)

    Anthony Jones Woodland hills CA 91364


    Jim was Jim at our class reunion 2 years ago. Cheery and witty as always. Although visits were rare as adults,I have many great memories of Jim at HHS. Fun loving and smart. Always felt if one needed something and he could do it for you, Jim would. A friend forever.

    Since leaving for Europe in the morning, I will not be able to pay respects in person.

    Cherish the memories. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    John R. Keith

    John R. Keith Springfield Illinois 62712

    Becky, Sarah, Doug, Pam and Emily - We will always remember Uncle Jim's welcoming nature. His warm smile will live on in the hearts of many.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    All our love,
    Janine, Aaron, Camden and Caleb

    Janine Vargo Mooresville NC 28117

    To the entire Olroyd family, Dr. Olroyd was a wonderful professional and a true friend. His death is our loss, but heaven's gain. Please know that I will be praying for all of you for your recovery. Sincerely, Shirley Fenner

    Shirley Fenner Belleville IL 62221

    Becky, Sarah, Pam, Doug & Emily.

    Our hearts are deeply saddened for your loss. You're such a wonderful family that has shared so much of your love with ours. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. We love you bunches!

    -Terrance & Deidre

    Terrance Jones Sylmar CA 91342

    Dear Aunt Becky, Sarah, Doug, Pam and Emily,
    Our hearts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. We will all miss Uncle Jim and the way he made every family gathering such a fun time for everyone - he truly loved life, and lived his to the fullest - what a great legacy to remember him by! We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers,

    Christy, Kelsey and Keira

    Christy Conley Colorado Springs CO 80920

    To Becky and family sorry for the passing of Jim what little I was around him he was extremely nice guy to talk to and he always had a story to tell. He will be missed greatly by all his friends and family

    Alan Frazier Breese IL 62230

    We know Jim and Becky from C-dock at Grafton Harbor. Jim will be missed and our condolences go to Becky and her family.

    Jim & Anne Clendenny Alton IL

    Becky and family,
    Our family is saddened by your great loss. Hopefully all the happy and fun times will comfort you.
    Love Bob and Judy Frazier.

    Bob & Judy Frazier Hillsboro Il. 62049

    We just want to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. We were out of town and learned of Dr. Olroyd's death after we had returned. May God give you and your family comfort and peace at this sad time.

    Terry and Charlotte Walther Belleville IL 62223

    Becky: We would like to extend our sympathy to you and your family. We had so much fun as members of the HHS class of 1965. He will be missed.

    Kathleen White Wynn Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459