PALMYRA James Haak Boyer, born in Lebanon on May 19, 1925, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in the Palmyra Nursing Home, at the age of 86. He was the son of the late Lloyd W. and Anna Haak Boyer. Jim attended Lebanon High School as well as Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Va. and was a graduate of Rider College, where he met his loving wife of 63 years, Claire Boyer who predeceased him in 2010. He was a longtime resident of Lebanon where he was an active member of the community, serving on boards of the Quality Inn, The Lebanon Country Club, Mount Lebanon Cemetery, and the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as participating in numerous organizations-the ELKS, Jaycees, VFW, and Sertoma. Jim was a decorated World War II veteran (Purple Heart and Bronze Star) and served under the 87th Division of the U.S. Army in Europe until he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. After graduating from Rider in 1949, he returned to his hometown where he worked in the family business, Boyer Printing, eventually becoming the President until his retirement in 1992. Jim was a witty, fun-loving and a kind friend and true gentleman to many. He enjoyed golf, playing gin rummy with the "boys" and a good martini. He was a genuine hero and real patriot who truly loved his country and family. Jim is survived by three sons, James, Jr. of Danville, Calif., Michael of Campbelltown, and Stephan husband of Michele Boyer of Campbelltown: a daughter Amy of Hilton Head, S.C.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Claire and his sister, Jane Boyer Parker. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Kreamer Funeral Home and Crematory, 618 E. Main St., Annville, with a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be held in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with Full Military Honors at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made to The First Tee, 400 Iiicus Mill Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017. www.thefirsttee.org/Club/ScriptsHome/home.asp www.kreamerfuneralhome.com
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Published in Lebanon Daily News on May 4, 2012