Boyd George Novinger, son of Fred Schultz Novinger and Sylvia Belle Bloom Novinger, was born at New Market, Iowa, on November 19, 1920.
He attended the New Market public schools, and in 1941 enlisted with the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Honolulu in the South Pacific and also receiving the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.
He married Wilma Doris Shum on March 17, 1944, and the two made their home in San Diego, California. Following his 1947 departure from the Navy, the couple returned to Bedford where he joined her parents in the funeral business.
Boyd and Wilma Novinger had one child — daughter Christy Lu.
Novinger, a funeral director with the Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home in Bedford, had worked in a family-operated funeral home business for 50 years. At the time of his death, he worked at Novinger-Taylor (formerly the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home) with his daughter and her husband, H. Keith Taylor.
He was a member of John F. Hardin Post 164, Bedford American Legion, Taylor Lodge #156 AF & AM, VFW Post 11443, and the Bedford United Methodist Church.
Boyd was killed in his Bedford home two days after Christmas on Saturday, December 27, 1997, by a gunshot wound to the chest. Law enforcement officials working the case included agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Taylor County Sheriff's Office.
A $2,500 reward the family offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case went unclaimed, and Boyd's murder remains unsolved.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and one grandson, Benjamin Lee.
Survivors included his daughter Christy and her husband Keith of Bedford; grandchildren Boyd Keith ("B.K."), Mark James, Samuel Lee, and Bruce Kevin; six great-grandchildren; brother Gordon and wife Mary of San Bernardino, CA; sister, Shirley Mitchiner of San Bernardino, CA; one aunt, Nora Bloom Morris of Bedford; four nephews and numerous cousins.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997 at the Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery. The family established a memorial in Novinger's name.
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Wilma Doris Shum Novinger
1920–1983 (m. 1944)
Gordon L Novinger
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