Leonard E. “Lenny” Boyer

Leonard E. “Lenny” Boyer

Birth
Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Death 12 Jun 2013 (aged 67)
Oronogo, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Purcell, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 112213263 · View Source
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Leonard E. (Lenny) Boyer, 67 of rural Oronogo passed away Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013. Lenny was the seventh son born to the late Chester Vern and Mabel Agnes (Means) Boyer on March 12, 1946. Lenny graduated from Alba High School in 1964. He was named in the top 100 in the United States to the Little All-American Basketball team as a senior and was given the Sports Illustrated Award of Merit on March 23, 1964. Upon graduating from high school, Lenny signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, following in the footsteps of his older brothers.

Lenny played seven years in the Cardinal Organization. He spent six years in the Army National Guard. While attending College in Conway, Arkansas, he met Gail Derryberry. They were married on November 24, 1972 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He worked for Arkansas Power and Light for approximately seven years. The family moved to Webb City in 1979 where Lenny took a position with Empire District Electric Company. He worked for Empire for 32 years as a line foreman, retiring in 2011 at the age of 65. Lenny enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons, and playing and coaching all types of sports. He loved his family with all of his heart. He was a very giving and generous man. Lenny will be missed by all who loved him.

Surviving is his wife of 40 years, Gail (Derryberry). 2 sons: Eric Matthew (Matt) (wife Mandy), of Grain Valley, Missouri, John Lucas (Luke) of Oronogo. 2 Grandsons: Kaden and Kooper and 1 Granddaughter, Kailey of Grain Valley. 4 brothers Cloyd (wife Nadine), of Jasper, Missouri, Wayne (wife Lois) of Kokomo, Indiana, Lynn (wife Lyla) of Carl Junction, and Ronnie of Joplin. 6 sisters; Juanita Woodmansee of Alba, Dolores Webb of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Pansy (husband Russell) Schell of Alba, Shirley (husband Jack) Lockhart of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Bobbi McNary of Joplin, Marcy Layton of Oronogo. Brother-in-law Buck (wife Vicki) Derryberry of Jasper, Sister-in-law Shelley (husband Ken) Wasson of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Numerous nieces, nephews & cousins. He was preceded in death by parents: Vern and Mabel Boyer, brothers Ken Boyer, Clete Boyer and sister, Lela Thelma.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the services at the Alba Christian Church, Main Street and Hatch, with Galen King Officiating. A private burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.


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  • Created by: NJBrewer
  • Added: 12 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 112213263
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leonard E. “Lenny” Boyer (12 Mar 1946–12 Jun 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 112213263, citing Friends Cemetery, Purcell, Jasper County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by NJBrewer (contributor 47097113) .