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WILLIAM FRANKLIN "BILL" BOYD JR.

WILLIAM "BILL" FRANKLIN BOYD, JR. FORMERLY OF HAMMOND AND MUNSTER, IN

Bill was born on August 3, 1923 to Tassie M. and William F. Boyd, Sr. in Hammond, IN. He graduated from Hammond High School in 1941. After attending Purdue University for one semester, World War II came along and Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served two years in the Pacific Theater during the war. Bill helped bulldoze and grade airstrips for the American planes coming into the Philippines. After the war, Bill worked for the Forestry Dept. in Montana for a short while before returning to Indiana to start his career as a painting contractor. After marrying Barbara Stevens in 1952, Bill lived in Hammond, and Munster, IN. It was in 1960 when they picked up the family and moved to Orange, CA. Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; five children: Timothy (Denise) of Orange, CA, Bridget of Tustin, CA, Amy of Paia, Maui, Rebecca of Benson, AZ, and Todd of Haiku, Maui. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Bill is also survived by his sister, Alice Kauffman (Robert) of Clovis, CA, as well as several nieces and nephews. Those people who knew Bill remember his dry sense of humor, his love of animals (particularly dogs), and his stories. During his later years, he enjoyed watching sports and politics (usually with a running commentary) and reading. Besides being a member of the VFW and American Legion, Bill took great pride in being a 32 Degree Mason, Garfield Lodge and had recently received his 60 year membership from Ancient Accepted Rite, Valley of South Bend, Orak Temple. Bill spent 28 years as a painting contractor in and around, Orange County before retiring to La Quinta in 1988. He will truly be missed. A celebration of Bill's life will be held between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on March, 10, 2013 at the Villa, 510 E. Katella Ave., Orange, CA. The family can be reached at Boidcage@aol.com.
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Published in The Times on Feb. 17, 2013
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