Homer Sanders Boyer, Jr., "Sandy"
Homer Sanders Boyer, Jr., "Sandy" aged 89, died at home Tuesday, April 15. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ethel Miller Boyer, and three children: Billy (Judy) Boyer of Crawfordville, Sandra Boyer Andzel of Tallahassee and Steve Boyer of Winter Park.He is also survived by seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Thelma Ann Boyer Johnson, his son in law Rick Andzel and his grandson Mickey Andzel.
A fourth generation Floridian, Sandy was born in Jacksonville November 21, 1924, and moved to Tallahassee with his family in 1937.He graduated from Leon High in 1942, and attended the University of Florida until joining the US Navy on his 18th birthday.He became a fighter pilot aboard the USS Wasp and served his country in the South Pacific.
He returned to Tallahassee and became one of the first male students at FSU, then called TBUF "Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida." He graduated in 1948 and married Ethel Miller of Crawfordville in 1949.
Sandy had a successful career in the automobile industry, first with GMAC and later with Ford Motor Credit, who transferred and promoted him 6 times in 15 years. He was in Cocoa at the height of the Apollo years, and then in Orlando in the early days of Disney World.He retired in 1990 and returned to Tallahassee.
Sandy and Ethel thoroughly enjoyed their golden years, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Sandy was proud to serve on the board of the Emeritus Alumni Association at FSU, and served St. John's Episcopal Church as one of the original "Diggers" and as an usher at Sunday services.
Sandy was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather and Ethel was by his side through it all. He enjoyed a good joke, a medium rare filet and a vodka martini. Most of all he loved his wife and children and grandchildren more than life itself.
The family would like to thank his devoted caregivers for their service.
Funeral Service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 211 N. Monroe St., at 2PM on Saturday, April 26. The family will greet friends immediately afterward in Alfriend Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mickey Andzel Memorial Trust at any Capitol City Bank.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Apr. 19 to Apr. 21, 2014