JOHNSONBURG - William James Boylan Sr., 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday (Jan. 7, 2013).
William was born on March 26, 1925, in Kane, the son of Clarence and Kathryn Renehan Boylan. He attended school at St. Callistus and Kane high schools. He graduated from Kane High School in 1943. He was a member of the Army Air Corps (today's U.S. Air Force) during World War II
, where he served as a co-pilot.
After surviving a near fatal car accident in 1950, he met and married the love of his life, Marjorie Muroski. They resided in Johnsonburg, where Bill worked as a clerk for the Pennsylvania, Penn Central and Conrail railroads until his retirement in 1985.
He was an active member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where he served as an usher. He was also active for many years in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
, serving in a variety of capacities. He was a Boy Scout Master. Being a member of the Civil Air Patrol, he enjoyed airplanes and received his private pilot license, which he enjoyed sharing with his children on weekend excursions.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; son, John (Kitty) of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter, Mary Jean Stewart (Doug) Steudler of Frederick, Md.; son, Bill Jr. (Denise) of Johnsonburg; daughter, Amy (John) Spangler of Richmond, Va.; and son, Tom of Fort Worth, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, John (Jack) Boylan; sisters, Jane Boylan from Florida and Joanne Johnson; brother, Robert Boylan and he is also survived by 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who will all miss him very much.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Ubel Funeral Home in Johnsonburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Johnsonburg with the Rev. David Wilson officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonburg/Wilcox Servicemen's Detail. Service members are asked to assemble at the Ubel Funeral Home at 9 a.m. Friday. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Johnsonburg.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Johnsonburg Public Library or Johnsonburg Senior Center.