Charles Herbert "Herb" Boyd, age 89, of North East, was called home by his Lord & Savior on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Twinbrook Medical Center.
He was born on September 20, 1924 in North East, Pa. to the late Charles and Ruth Swope Sparling.
Herb graduated from North East High School in 1942 where he played on the championship football team (1941-1942).
He was a veteran of World War II
serving in the United States Army
and was formerly employed at Electric Materials, General Electric, & JR Bull.
Herb was a born-again Christian and attended the Erie First Assembly of God Church.
He enjoyed sports, woodworking, and spending time with his family. Herb was their "Teddy Bear".
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Earnest W. and Lena Sparling Boyd; and a grandson, Philip Freligh.
He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Bernice Estella Neely Boyd, whom he married June 5, 1943; his children, Elaine R. Botelho, Charles David Boyd and wife, April Tressler Boyd, Cathy Freligh, and Norma Riefstahl; grandchildren, Christopher and Andrew Botelho, Charles David Boyd II, Wendy Sherwood, Clay Boyd, Heidi Moore, Melissa Marion, and Kim and Dawn Riefstahl; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Foursquare Church New Life Worship Center, 9858 East Main Rd., in Ripley. Officiating, Rev. Don & Val Boyer. Private interment North East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family in care of the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, PA 16428.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 18, 2014