SPRINGFIELD, MO - Dick Boynton was always a farmer at heart. He was born 91 years ago in Pleasant Plains and in his childhood attended Pleasant Plains Schools. He attended University of Illinois where he met his wife, Jes (Sudbrink). In college, he played intramural sports and was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.
He returned to his home farm at Pleasant Plains and entered the field of grain and livestock farming for 30 years. During this period he was a member of the Pleasant Plains School Board for nine years and also a board member of the Illini Country Club. One of the highlights of Dick's older years was when he learned Pleasant Plains High School won both the State basketball and baseball championships in the same year.
Dick and Jes had two daughters: Barbara, (Seymour) who died of ovarian cancer seven years ago, and Cathy Powell, who lives in Springfield, MO.
Due to Jes' cancer diagnosis, they moved permanently to Marco Island, FL, in the early 70's. While living at Marco, Dick was a real estate broker and Jes owned a retail gift shop. He was a charter member of the Marco Island Country Club and Marco Island Methodist Church. Fun years were spent there with college friends, Springfield and Pleasant Plains friends, and new Florida friends.
He and Jes moved to Naples, FL, in 1993 with Jes dying a couple of years later after 53 years of marriage. Dick then spent the last 15 years in Naples with his companion, Mary Ellen Easterday, with them enjoying mutual friends and travel adventures.
Earlier this year, Dick moved to Springfield, MO, to be near his daughter, Cathy, and died there, November 3, 2012.
He is survived by sons-in-law, Bill Powell and Ward Seymour; grandchildren: Katy & Kelse (Amy) Powell, Charles (Ellen) and Andrew Seymour; as well as great-grandchildren, Keira & Xander Powell. Surviving also are Dick's brother-in-law, Woody (Barbara) Sudlbrink, and sister-in-law, Peggy Sudbrink; plus Cousin Bud Luers and life-long special friend, Glen Brandt.
We will always remember Dick's charming and considerate personality, wonderful smile, and generous nature. "Paw Paw" - no longer with us, but never forgotten and always in our hearts.
Graveside services and interment will be at the Pleasant Plains Cemetery, conducted by Strib Boynton, on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 11:00 AM. Dick asked that any memorial contributions be sent to GYNCA (GYN Cancers Alliance), 3023 S Ford, Ste. B, Springfield, MO 65807.