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LEON BOYCE(1924 - 2014)

Leon Boyce, 89, of Little Rock, Arkansas, died Monday, May 26, 2014, at Hospice Home Care. He was born August 8, 1924, on a farm in rural Missouri. The house had no electricity or indoor plumbing. Later the family moved to Ft. Scott, Kansas, where he graduated from High School. He was active in football, his church choir and he served as class president during his senior year. Leon graduated from the University of Kansas Engineering School. He had already enlisted in the Navy and while in Midshipman School he met and dated a Radio City Rockette. Serving as an Ensign on a tiny Pacific Island, he went without pay and seeing a woman for over nine months. He still wasn't sure which was worse. As an Engineer, his career covered 40 years with the Kansas City Power & Light where he served as a chief mechanical engineer and land surveyor. He attended Nuclear Reactor School and on several occasions presented papers at Kansas State, M.V.E.A. and the American Power Conferences. Leon's talents include wine making in his basement in Kansas City, and furniture making, using his wife Janet's designs. He was virtually a handy man for everything. He enjoyed gardening, traveling anywhere (including trips to Australia, New Zealand, Ireland), dancing and helping kids learn to read. His wife describes him as a 'nice caring man with a large amount of integrity.' He tried to go by the book. Traveling with him was fun as he had a sense of adventure and enjoyed people, even though he was shy. Leon joined the Kiwanis and was an active member in Little Rock. He served as Chairman of the Major Emphasis Committee and Treasurer of the club. Survivors are his wife of 40 years, Janet Boyce of Little Rock; his son, Thomas P. O'Halloran; daughters, Gayle Jones and husband, Spencer; Tracy Jones and husband Dave; Julie O'Halloran; grandchildren are Andrea and Lucas Jones. Services were in Little Rock on Friday, May 30, 2014, at the chapel of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th Street, Little Rock. 501-661- 9111. Please share your memories and condolences with the family at www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com.


Funeral Home

Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home
5800 W 12TH ST LITTLE ROCK, AR 72204
(501) 661-9111

Published in Kansas City Star on June 3, 2014
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