Roy “Captain Roy” Johnsen

Roy “Captain Roy” Johnsen of League City, passed away on Monday, October 24, 2022 in Webster, Texas at the age of 77. He was born on May 20, 1945 in Sortland, Norway to Ernst and Judith Johnsen. Roy started his career as a seafarer at and early age and advanced to being a Captain for Odfjell at the young age of 27. He spent his whole career with the same company. He worked at the Norwegian Seamans Church in Houston for several years after retiring. He loved spending time with his family above everything. He was very proud of his two grandchildren, Ingrid and Magnus Cates. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially fishing with his brothers in Norway. He had a great faith in God, which only grew stronger in his last 7 years.

Roy was preceeded in death by his parents, Ernst and Judith Johnsen, parents in law Carl Archtander and Hjoerdis Andersen

He is survived by his loving wife Sylvi, daughter Aleth Merethe Cates and husband Douglas Cates, grandchildren Ingrid and Magnus Cates, Sister Eirin Arntsen and husband Hans Richard Arntsen, brothers, Yngve Johnsen and wife Jorun, Tommy Johnsen and Oeystein Johnsen and wife Tina.

The Family will receive friends on Friday, October28, 2022 at 10:00am with a Ceremony at 12:00pm at the Norwegian Seamans Church in Houston, 4309 Young Street, Pasadena, Texas 77504.

Flowers are welcome as well as donations to The Bay Area Club chapter of AA.


  1. Roy, you will be missed, RIP my friend. My fondest memories is when you would fill in for an absent player during our Joker games. I truly believed you enjoyed playing as much as anyone. Condolences to your family and may God wrap his loving arms around each and give them strength.

    Gwen Langenberg
  2. Dear Sylvi, Merethe and all the family

    Jan and I were very sad to hear of the passing of Roy and send our thoughts and prayers, love and hugs to you at this very hard time.
    The whole family is very much in our hearts and we take great comfort in knowing of Roy’s strong faith in God and that he is with the Lord and free from earthly suffering.
    Wishing you all God’s Comfort and Strength in the days ahead.
    Terri and Jan

    Jan and Terri Andersen
  3. So extremely sad to see you go! I will always hold you dear, even though we did not know each other more than briefly. You’ve been and will always be fantastic!

  4. Dear cousin Sylvi and daughter Merethe and family.
    My deepest condolences on Roy’s passing. Incredibly sad that he has passed away.

    I have known Roy since he came into our family when he married Sylvi. There have been many nice family moments over the years. I have also had the pleasure of his pleasant countenance on my visits to Clear Lake. Always a smile and easy to ask to buy crayfish for pleasant meals by the pool.

    Rest in peace.

    Gunn Cornels
  5. Hvil i fred kjære Roy ❤

    Marie Sørensen

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