Boyce Inman was a good and humble man, considerate and friendly. A fifth generation Lodian, he was proud that his mother, the former Kathryn Nesbit, was a descendant of the pioneer Jahant family, and that his father, Alvin C. Inman, had served his country as a Marine during WWII. |
Born Sept. 26th 1954 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Stockton, he grew up in Lodi and spent his entire life here. His hat sported a pin stating "I like Lodi". In his younger years he was a member of the First Christian Church and he attended grammar school at Leroy Nichols where he was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout in Troop 295. A strong swimmer from an early age, he swam regularly with his three brothers in the ice cold W.I.D. Canal behind their home. There he also fished patiently to catch little Blue gilled perch and release them. Boyce liked the outdoors, his enjoyment of fishing and shooting sports lasted a lifetime.
He graduated from Lodi High School in 1972 and attended Delta College.
During his high school years he was employed at "Al and Ted's" butcher shop at the intersection of Hutchins Street and Kettleman Lane. Later, Boyce went to work at the Goehring Meat Company as a warehouseman and delivery driver. After several years, he left that industry and trained as a jeweler. Then he set up shop repairing watches and jewelry. First for John Okuhara Jewelers in Stockton, then John Borelli in Lodi, The House of Clocks and finally Synowicki Jewelers on School Street.
A skilled craftsman, Boyce repaired all make and manner of jewelry, and restored many an heirloom so it could be worn and enjoyed by another generation. Many of his friends were customers, and many customers also became friends.
Having joined the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #259 over 25 years ago, he held various positions on the executive board including service as the "Noble Grand". Many of his friends joined the lodge, inspired by his membership and participation. His barbecue skills were well known and he cooked frequently for monthly lodge dinners. The fare was usually pork spare ribs or beef roast, served with chili beans and there was always, key lime pie for dessert.
When a brain tumor damaged his eyesight and he was unable to work or drive, he strove to be independent, he walked almost everywhere he needed to go and he lived on his own, independently, until his final day.
Boyce loved his friends, his family and his cat. He was preceded in death by his older brother Steven in 1974 and his father Alvin in 2009. He is survived by numerous cousins, his mother Kathryn Inman, brother Jonathan and his wife Emily as well as his brother Jim and his wife Renee and their son Stuart.
Services will be private. Please sign the on-line guest book and join his family and friends for a celebration of life at 12 noon on Saturday, Dec.28th at the I.O.O.F. Hall, #6 South Pleasant Ave. in Lodi.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 20 to Dec. 27, 2013