Richard Glenn Boyer was born March 11, 1926 in New Bloomfield, MO. to Ira Thomas and Sally B.[Gilling] Boyer, both deceased. He attended Center School and New Bloomfield High School, both in MO.
He married Ella Mae Forbis on June 19, 1949. Deceased 4/27/06
Richard worked as a machinist/tool & die maker throughout a career that began with his learning the trade in a shop in New Bloomfield, MO. From there his career took him to shops in Kansas City area. He plied his trade three years in the Army in a special unit detached to the Air Force. In 1964 he began working for Whitaker Cable in Excelsior Springs, staying until that business closed. He & Ella Mae then pursued a new opportunity and became owner/operators of the “Y” Bowl in Excelsior Springs in the 1980’s.
He grew up east of New Bloomfield, MO. Upon marrying Ella Mae, they lived in New Bloomfield, then moved to Kansas City until Richard was drafted in 1952. During his time of service, they lived in Yuba City, California. Upon discharge they moved back to Kansas City. In 1967 they moved to Excelsior Springs where they lived till 1996 when they moved to Chillicothe.
Richard had a lifelong interest in guns and hunting when younger and felt privileged to have owned one good bird dog. He spent one winter building a finely crafted custom deer rifle from a kit. He was a handyman, able to fix nearly anything and after retirement completely restored a 1928 Model A Ford that he was very proud of and enjoyed showing. He put his mechanical abilities to good use when he operated the bowling alley, bringing the pin machines and lanes into a smooth working condition
Richard was always faithful to his church wherever he lived. He and Ella Mae were charter members of the Norfleet Baptist Church in Independence, MO. After moving to Excelsior Springs, they worked together leading the children’s worship program at Pisgah Baptist Church where they also jointly worked in the bus ministry for several years. He and Ella Mae were active volunteers for a number of years with Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief and spent a week in Florida following hurricane Andrew. They also participated in mission trips including a church build in Wendover, Nevada. Richard, being a tool maker, was used to working to very exacting standards and fine tolerances. He pursued his other interests, be it woodworking or restoring cars, to a similar exacting standard. He was one of those folks that could simply figure out how things worked and repaired many cars, vans and buses for friends and church. Before and after moving to Chillicothe Richard spent many hours on the tractor helping mow the grass at Grand Oaks Camp.
He is survived by two sons, Kevin Boyer and wife April of Kansas City, MO, his children are Holli Stevens and husband Nick, of Perkins, OK and Jeremy Boyer and wife Jenny and great granddaughter Madilayna of Kansas City MO; and Donald Eugene Boyer and wife Jolette of Chillicothe Mo. and their children, Randa Austin and husband Joe of St. Charles, MO, Erin Fields and husband Brad of Wichita KS, and Jessica Johnson and husband Logan of Springfield MO; 2 brothers-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials in honor of Richard Boyer may be made to Grand Oaks Assembly and left at the funeral home or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N, Washington, Chillicothe MO 64601. On-line condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 at First Baptist Church, Chillicothe, MO. A visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Burial will be at Middle River Cemetery, Tebbetts MO. at 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe MO.