James Duane Boyd went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 2, 2011. He was born in Fresno, California on March 29th, 1923. He moved to Lodi five days later with his mother Rose Becthold to live the rest of his life of 88 years.
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James passed away of natural causes. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. They will never forget his wonderful smile and HIS GREAT WISDOM.
He was a World War II Veteran in the Marine Corp, later in life he worked as a pbx switchboard installer and a cable splicer for Pacific Bell Telephone Company for 35 years. After he retired from the phone company, he helped farm the McKenzie Vineyards for many years. He devoted his life to his wife of 63 years, Audrey McKenzie Boyd.
He attended Lodi High until World War II service came and he enlisted in the Marine Corp. Hawaii 4th Division, 16th Marines 5th Divison Hawaii. He loved to go hiking and fishing every summer in Pacific Valley at the family cabin. His favorite pastime was to play his drum set to the music of the 30's & 40's. He was also president of the Becthold Reimiche Reunion at Micke Grove Hall for five years.
He is survived by his wife Audrey Boyd and three daughters Darlene Boyd Freeman, (John) of San Juan Bautista, California, Robinette Boyd Sheply, (Mitchell) of Maui, Hawaii, Lynette Boyd Proffitt, (Daniel) of Lodi, California. He also has seven grandchildren, Tara Dunn, Aurora, Freeman, Fawn Tibbitts, Dillon Shepley, Kodi Shepley, Clifford, Castelanelli, Sierra Castelanelli.
He has seven great grandchildren, several beloved nephews and nieces, a brother in law, Donald McKenzie, a sister-in-law Ruth Nedderman.
James is proceeded in death by his father Christian Becthold, mother, Rose Olenberger Boyd, Stepfather Archie Boyd, and cousins Roland Olenberger and Albert Olenberger, William Becthold and Alice Hill.
Viewing time Wed. Sept 7th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will be at Donahue Funeral Home at 123 N. School Street, Lodi, California. Private grave side service the following day, Thursday, Sept. 8th @ 10:00 a.m. Lodi Memorial Cemetary at 5750 E. Pine Street, Lodi, Calif.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Sept. 6 to Sept. 13, 2011