|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1938|
|Death: ||Jun. 9, 2005|
North Dakota, USA
Funeral services for Fred Boyce, 66, and Mary Boyce, 48, Sidney, are at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at the Assembly of God Church in Sidney with Pastor Elwin Paulson and Pastor James Miller, both of the Sidney Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Musical selections are provided by Don Josephson, Sally Borg and Gilda Buxbaum.
Casketbearers for Fred are Leon Brodhead, Mark Nichols, Warren Boyce, Terry Williams, Donald Hall and Gene Schneidt, and for Mary, Steven Geiser, Dean Rehbein, Brian Armstrong, Wallace Hall, Tim Staggs and Lyle Goss. Honorary casketbearers are all of Fred and Mary's many friends and relatives. Ushers are Brian Tiesen, Brandon Starkey, Scott Boyce, Craig Hall, Howard Wheeling and Neil Williams. Interment will be in the Richland Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney.
Fred was born on June 12, 1938, in Glendive, the son of Francis and Gladys (Gray) Boyce. He grew up on the ranch home on the little Missouri and Beaver Creek in North Dakota. Fred attended the Goldsberry country school and graduated from Sentinel Butte High School in the class of 1955.
He married Patricia Scott in 1958, and to this union they had two children, a daughter, LaVanchie, and a son, Fred "Jim" Jr. On April 3, 1967, Fred married Betty Hickman in Powell, Wyo., and to this union they had a son, Lane.
During this time Fred worked for Buell and Edlund doing seismograph work. He worked throughout Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Colorado. He later entered into a partnership with Sam Miller. In 1971 Fred moved his family to Sidney to join his father at Boyce Drilling Inc. drilling water wells.
After Betty passed away in 1991, Fred married Mary Heller.
Fred was a very active member, holding several offices in the Montana and North Dakota Water Well Drillers Association as well as the Sidney Moose Lodge. Fred enjoyed traveling, remodeling the house, doing yard work, and his family.
Mary was born on July 20, 1956, to Robert "Bob" and Bonnie (Douglas) Feistner in Glendive. Her family moved to Fairfield and then to Sun River, where she grew up on a dairy farm. Mary was an avid horseback rider, and often she and her sister Laura took off riding and playing for hours.
While on the farm she met Harry Flint, whom she married before graduating from Simms High School. In 1975, they, along with their newborn daughter Roni moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. Their son, Robert, was born in Fairbanks. Mary left Alaska for a new life with her two children in tow and Montana in her heart. She met Lee Heller while she was living in Bozeman, and they were married in October of 1980. Their daughter, Michelle "Chelle," was born before they moved to Sidney.
After some time and travels, Mary found herself single once again with the three loves of her life. After additional love and healing, Mary found this guy named Fred Boyce very much a part of her. Their life had been so different from each other, but to meet them you would have thought they had been married 40-plus years. If everyone could be so lucky.
Mary was an active member of the Women of the Moose, holding several offices. She enjoyed traveling, grandkids, and black and white cows.
Mary and Fred's families had known each other since the 1980s. Mary worked at the M & M Cafe while raising her three children. Fred all the while was going through a hardship of his own with the loss of his wife, Betty. Betty loved life, as the community knew, but the Lord had another task in mind for her.
After healing time had overstayed its welcome, a special "long-haired friend" slipped into his life. Fred found himself eating breakfast out at the M & M Cafe, shortly after it was coffee also. Mary was working five or six days a week, and even a double shift if needed. Fred knew this and Mary knew Fred knew this. Even before they married, Mary and Fred could look at each other, never say a word, but a whole conversation had taken place.
On a warm spring day in May of 1992, Mary and Fred got married with the whole community celebrating. After this date, Mary and Fred and their families were inseparable.
To all family members, there was never a mention of stepchildren or parents. It was always, Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, and even a few papas.
When they played together, be it as volunteers at the Moose Lodge or a game of team darts, you always saw the rest of the family.
Take the hand of the person next to you. Look into their eyes, don't say a word but tell them you love them. You just learned the language of Mary and Fred Boyce.
Fred and Mary died near Hebron, N.D., Thursday, June 9, 2005, as a result of a vehicle accident.
Surviving them are three sons, Fred "Jim" (Sherri) Boyce Jr., Boise, Idaho, Lane (Laurie) Boyce, Sidney, and Robert (Kimberly) Flint, Clarksville, Tenn.; three daughters, LaVanchie Boyce Starkey, Ramsey, Minn., Roni (Scott Schuler) King, St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Michelle Heller, Sidney; Mary's parents, Bob and Bonnie Feistner, Fairbanks, Alaska; six brothers, George (Shirley) Boyce, Sidney, Robert (Margann) Boyce, Trotters, N.D., Richard (Pam) Boyce and Donald (Carrie) Boyce, all of Angleton, Texas, Joe (Linda) Feistner, Denver, Colo., and Douglas Feistner, Fairbanks, Alaska; four sisters, Jaqui Franklin, Linda (Craig) Caupon and Bobby (Raymond) Boyd, all of Fairbanks, and Laura (Tom) Mutchler, Billings; 12 grandchildren, Kori (Eric) Kary, Brian (Jenn) Tiesen, Brandon Starkey, Scott Boyce, Cassie Boyce, Ashley Boyce, Levi Boyce, Cody Boyce, Alex King, Briza King, Kristopher Flint and Austin Flint; three great-grandchildren, Keegan Kary, Keela Kary and Brooke Tiesen.
They were preceded in death by Fred's parents; granddaughter, Kalena Starkey; wife Betty; and Mary's brother, Richard Feistner.
Published in the Sidney Herald on June 14, 2005
Mary Feistner Boyce (1956 - 2005)
Betty Fern Hickman Boyce (1945 - 1991)*
Richland Memorial Park
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