November 4, 1939-October 13, 2017
George Marion Boyd Jr., age 77, passed into the Lord’s arms on October 13, 2017. He was born at home, in Joplin, Mo. (in the neighborhood formerly known as “Chitwood”), to George Marion Boyd Sr. and Eula Mae (Martin) Boyd, on November 4, 1939.
Dad excelled in Navy ROTC, throughout high school, and enlisted in the Navy upon graduation, in 1956. He trained as an aviation navigator with electronics specialty in the West Pacific Theater during the Cold War era. He served on two aircraft carriers, USS Hornet and USS York, respectively.
Dad married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Woods (aka “Barb”), in 1959.
After his honorable discharge, dad utilized his electronics expertise in his career with Xerox Corporation in its infancy of computer technology. During this time he furthered his education on the GI Bill.
He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education at Missouri Southern and completed his Master’s in Education at Pittsburg State, in Pittsburg, Kan. Dad’s personal hobbies included fishing, arrowhead hunting/collecting, “treasure hunting” with his metal detector, tinkering on his “Red Baron” ultra light airplane and his woodworking shop that supplied lumber for individuals, contractors, farmers, and local businesses.
His teaching career encompassed the southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri regions. Dad’s teaching career also reflected his abilities in administration and to simplify complex technical matters into practical applications in the classroom. After retirement, dad continued his humanitarian service through mentoring and substitute teaching from primary to college level.
George is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Barbara Ellen Boyd; three daughters, Laura Hooker, Rachel Garcia and Gina Boykin. Also he leaves behind three sons-in-law, Joseph Hooker, Lawrence Garcia and Mike Boykin. Grandsons include Joshua, Aaron, Ross, Reid and Michael. Granddaughters Richelle, Riqueza, Lani and Nicole. Great-grandchildren are twins, Joey and Evalyn, Nathan, Oakley and Penelope. He is also survived by a sister, Judy Kay Rawlings, and brother, Harry Edward Boyd. His older sister, Sandra Jean Bemis, recently preceded him in death.
A memorial service for George Boyd will be held on Thursday, October 19, at 2 p.m. in the Open Air Chapel Mausoleum at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin, Mo.
Donations may be directed to Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri and/or Joplin Humane Society.
Bud’s wife and daughters would like to express their gratitude to the many physicians, nurses and support staff that provided care for dad over the last 52 years. Especially Dr. John Clough Sr.and Dr. Clough Jr., highly accomplished father and son neurosurgeons, of Kansas City, Kan.; nurse practitioners, Richelle Winton and Kay Carpenter, for outstanding care and uninterrupted service of 52 years for dad; much thanks to Dr. Eugene Langevin (cardiologist), his wife, Judy Langevin, and office staff, for their 20+ years of managed care and family support for our father, George M. Boyd Jr., as you all were thought of as family. Thank you.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory, Joplin.