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Dr. Boyd B. Banwell

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Dr. Boyd B. Banwell Williamston Born March 7, 1924 in Petoskey, MI to Russell and Ethel (Barney), passed May 28, 2011 at the age of 87. Boyd was a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict serving in the US Army. He was a graduate from Wayne State University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and later attended Northern Illinois College of Optometry where he received his Optometric Degree. He set up his practice in the Williamston Medical Building for 30 years. During this time he served as a lobbyist for the Michigan Optometric Association and also served as its President. He received the Michigan Optometrist of the Year Award. Boyd served on the Williamston School Board, E.D.C. and City Council. He was the former President of the Williamston Kiwanis Club. Dr. Banwell later sold his practice to become President of his Alma Mater Northern Illinois College of Optometry. He also served as a lobbyist for the Illinois Optometric Association. Boyd is survived by his children, Deborah Banwell, Pamela (Joe) Rankin, Todd (Kathleen) Banwell, and Craig (Christina) Banwell and their mother Millie Billington; grandchildren, Jessica and Ryan Banwell, Nichole Barry and Tracy McClain; step-grandchildren Emily and Ben Rankin. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Justin Pierce Chapman. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 2, 2 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Middle St., Williamston with Eddie Reynolds officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the chapel. On line condolences may be made to

Published in Lansing State Journal from June 1 to June 2, 2011
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