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Memorial Service: 7 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home with Military Honors presented at the beginning of the service
Visitation: 6-7 p.m. Monday evening prior to the service
William J. Boyd, age 96, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Flora Gardens Care Center in Flora.
William was born April 25, 1921, in Cisne, the son of Otto and Marie (Hill) Boyd. He married Virgie Aileen Landreth in St. Louis, Missouri. She preceded him in death on April 17, 1989.
William was a recipient of the Purple Heart during his service to the country as an Army Air Force medic during World War II, and was present during the Japanese surrender. He operated a radiator shop for many years, advertising it as the “Best place in town to take a leak.” He could fix almost anything, and enjoyed the process of tinkering and repairing things to help others. He had been a member of the Flora American Legion, Flora VFW, and Flora Moose, and a past member of the Eagles.
He is survived by his children: Sandra (Nile) Stoltz of Springfield, William G. Boyd of Olney, Cheryl (Donald) Dulaney of Flora, Cathy Jo Boyd of Phoenix, Arizona, and Kelly (Jeff) Hatcher of Cisne. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a son: Jeffrey David Boyd; an infant daughter: Shellie Ray in 1969; a grandson: Brad Staley; 2 brothers: Jim and Volney Boyd; and 2 sisters: Lyndel Oliver and Iva Roberts.
A memorial service for William Boyd will be 7 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home, Flora, with visitation from 6-7 p.m. Military Honors will be presented at the beginning of the service. Memorial donations may be given to the local D.A.V. and these will be accepted through the funeral home.
Bill, Praying for you and your family. Loss of a loved one is never easy.
My thoughts and prayers for you all. Bill was a sweetheart.
Cheryl so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
So sorry he was a great guy he will be missed. Tom an Sharon
We're so sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss.
Billy, Cheryl and Families: Please accept my condolences in the loss of your dad. Back in the day, he and my dad shared a friendship over their mutual love of cars, motors, machinery, tools, etc. Your dad was a hardworking man. Prayers for y’all.
Sandy and the rest of the family. We are so sorry for your lost.
Prayers for Sandy and the other family members.
So sorry to hear that you have lost your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sorry for your loss Kelly. Thinking of you in this difficult time
Sorry for your loss. He was a good man.
So sorry for your loss, Bill was a great guy. Prayers of peace and comfort.
Very sorry for your loss it is never easy to loose your dad.
So sorry for your loss. Bill was a great guy. Prayers of peace and comfort during this time.
Bill was a great guy and a wonderful friend. He always made sure I had several of his advertising pens with the handy calendars. I always enjoyed him when he came to our office
So sorry for your lose. Its like losing my own Father. Spent a lot of time on Mill Street with him.
So sorry for your loss. He was such a nice person. Always had a pen in his pocket for you. Thought and Prayers for you.