Don B. Boyd, age 85, of Yankton, South Dakota, died, Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Yankton with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. Following the funeral a cremation will take place and burial will be at a later date in the Mission Hill Cemetery in Mission Hill, South Dakota with military honors provided by the Gingrich Dixon American Legion Post #13. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday at the church.
Pallbearers are J.R. Willman, Tyler Hoxeng, Cole Willman, Will Johnson, Amanda Healy, and Tara Hoxeng. Honorary pallbearers will be Hannah Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Sam Johnson, Simon Healy, Sarah Hoxeng, Jason Bartekoske, Maria Robinson, Taylor Hoxeng, Cody Hoxeng, Aryan Shelton, Cash Willman, Cain Healy, Bella Healy, and Diesel Healy.
Don B. Boyd was born with his twin brother on March 5, 1929 in Vermillion, South Dakota to Hugh and Abbie (Aman) Boyd. Both graduated from Yankton High School in 1947 and both served in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1952. Don began his career with the United States Postal Service in 1952 and retired in 1990. Don was a very active and longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Yankton where he served for many years as the Church Financial Secretary. For over 60 years Don served the church and local funeral homes as a soloist for many, many funerals. On August 15, 1959, Don married Kathleen (DeWalt) Mondini whom he always bragged was one of his greatest blessings. Don was very proud to have planned nine class reunions for the YHS class of 1947.
Don loved his family and enjoyed golfing, bowling and never turned down a chance to play Pinochle. In 2009, Don was inducted into the SD bowling Hall of Fame (Pioneer) division. Don began league bowling at 20th Century Lanes in 1953 and bowled consistently until 2014. In January of 1996, Don reconnected with a high school girlfriend, Shirley (Macy) Berry, of Mitchell, who became a wonderful companion and provided much needed joy and love until her passing in September of 2012.
Don is survived by his children: Tony (Maria) Boyd of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Dana (David) Hoxeng of Volin, South Dakota; Cindy (Louie) Johnson of Volin; and Amy (Jeff) Johnson of Yankton; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law: Rene Rainey of Laguna Hills, California; Beverly Boyd of Sioux Falls; and Maxine DeWalt of Rapid City, South Dakota. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathleen on July 18, 1993; twin brother, Dick; two brothers: Wayne and Darrel; sister, Glennys; and special friend, Shirley Berry.
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We were very saddened to learn of Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
With love and sympathy,
Ken and Julie Scheel
Cindy and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Don's passing. I know he will be truly miss by all. I will miss his jokes and hearing him sing. you will be in my prayers. Lori Willman Masataler, Okeehobee,Fl.
How sad that Don passed away. Whenever I had a chance to bowl on one of the leagues that Don bowled on he was always a joy to bowl with. You could tell he loved to bowl.
Ken and Lonnie Remington
Don was our Mail Man for 6 years when we lived on East 5th Street. My Wife & I always enjoyed Don, frenquently on Saturdays when we were home. Maybe just a minute/two/three chat. He had a great sense of humor. Also, occasionally I'd see him playing Pinochle at the Manhattan.
He would usually joke with me abou something. Even though all of our "meetings" were brief, I always enjoyed seeing him and would always say something to him...and him to me likewise. They were always fun times.
Every now & then...since my wife & I moved away from Yankton, I have thought about Don. The World Was a Better Place...with Don Boyd in it!
Gary & Vel Lukert
So sorry for your loss. Don was our mail man for 20 years at 206 Green street. A great guy with always a hello. He will be missed.
May God bless his soul and the families.
With deepest sympathy.
Joe and Laurie LaBarge and family.
Our deepest sympathy to you all. His "character" lives on in all of you, his family.
Jim and Lyn Lyons
Tony, Dana, Cindy & Amy -
I have the flu so won't be able to attend the wake or funeral, but want to extend my sympathy to all of you. Your dad will be missed, his singing will be missed, his humor will be missed, our neighbor will be missed; he brightened everybody's day. Art enjoyed having breakfast with him and his friends at the Bulian's little café in downtown Yankton many years ago. No one will ever replace Don Boyd!
So sorry to her of Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.
Tim & Cheryl Vanderkooi
I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I so appreciated the love and friendship he and Shirley shared with me and my family while I was the pastor at First UMC in Yankton. We had a lot of laughs together, and shared some tears, as well. And of course we shared a lot of funerals together - Don singing and me preaching. I know how much he loved his family and how much you all loved him. I really wish I could be there for the service, but I am not able to be. God bless all of you.
Rev. Dean Trapp
Dana and Cindy and rest of family:
I am sorry for your loss. When Larry and I were first married your dad had our house for his postal route....now how many postmen will come in the house to tell a couple of jokes....probably only Don. Loved visiting with him on those days so long ago.
Was very sorry to hear about Don.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Victoria Miller and family
Prayers & our sympathy to Don's family. Amy, just weeks after you were born, your Mom & Dad came to our home to show you off! Your Mom & I were expecting at the same time. Patrina was born shortly after you were. Your Dad would see us at Church & we would compare notes. Your Dad was a great worker at Church & always helped with youth activities! Loved to hear him sing in Church. You have so much to be proud of about your Dad! God bless you & yours & all the family
Don Boyd was a member of a traveling Monday golf league for many years. He had many humorous one liners. A real fun guy who will be missed.
Dana, Cindy, and families my thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time.
Tony, Cindy, Dana, Amy,
Don was an important person in my life. I have very early memories of him as a co-worker with my father and a frequent visitor to my family home at 517 Broadway. When he introduced your Mom and you all became his family is a time I will always remember. Don provided stability, humor and friendship to my family. His was definitely a life well-lived and I was privileged to have known him.
Cindy Dana Tony and family; I was so sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was a great guy and I have such wonderful memories of all our times together. Sending blessings and prayers to all.
Mindy Melgaard Bruxvoort
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