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William Eugene (Bill) Boyer 1933-2013 William (Bill) Boyer, husband, father, brother and soldier, departed this world on Monday, August 12th, 2013. Family and friends will gather to visit him once more from 6 to 8 pm at the Elgin Funeral Home, 712 N Ave C in Elgin, Texas, on Friday, August 16th. All are invited to pray the Rosary with them at 7 pm. On Saturday August 17th, Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church 302 W. 11th St., in Elgin, Texas at 10:30 am. Immediately following will be a luncheon reception at parish Hall. Interment will be held with full Military Honors at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX on Monday August 19th, 2013. Bill Boyer was born the oldest child of 3 boys and 3 girls in Cadet, Missouri, on April 28th, 1933, and celebrated his 80th birthday this year. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Boyer, brothers Messrs. Lawrence and Charles Boyer, and sister Mrs. Betty Eckoff, all of Cadet. Bill began life in one of the most scenic parts of America, the forests and mountains of the Ozarks in southeastern Missouri, and grew up not far from the Mississippi River country like that of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He spent many of his early years in the home of his grandparents, whom he also loved, and always remembered fondly. Joining the US Air Force in 1953, Bill served his country proudly from the end of the Korean War, through duty assignments in Osaka AB, Japan (1956), John B. Connally AFB, Waco (1965), Udorn/Ubon, AFB, (Vietnam Theater, 1967), Perrin AFB, near Sherman/Dennison, Texas (1970) and as an instructor with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) (1971), in then West Germany. He retired after 21 years in the military at Bergstrom AFB, Austin, Texas in May, 1973. Bill's distinguished Air Force career spanned across many assignments including refueling jet aircraft, processing and coordinating flight line ordinance operations (Vietnam Theater) and as a NATO instructor to a host of foreign officers in Alliance against the Warsaw Pact nations of the USSR and Eastern Europe. During his assignment at Perrin, he was named NCO of the Quarter by the base commander. While assigned to John B. Connally, the then Airman Boyer met and married the mother of his children, Ms. Nita Marie Kulhanek, of Austin/Fayetteville, Texas. They were wed in May of 1959, and spent 34 years together. He retired for a second time, after a 17-year career with the City of Austin, as a building maintenance supervisor in the Department of Public Works. On August 2nd, 1997, Bill married Ms. Mary Coverdale Lane of Potosi, Missouri. He is also survived by Mary, and her two daughters, Melinda of Austin, and Michelle and granddaughter Maya of Oakland, California. Bill was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elgin, a member of the VFW. He was a frequent participant, with his many beloved friends, of a morning coffee roundtable in downtown Elgin. He will be dearly missed by sons Martin Boyer of Austin, TX and Michael Boyer of Marble Falls,TX. Daughters Lauri Knedlik of Buda,TX and Lucinda Lakos of Buda,TX. Their mother, Ms. Nita M. Boyer, and their families to include, sons-in-law Mr. Keith Knedlik and Col. Michael Lakos, USAF, and 10 grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Boyer of Elgin, sisters Mrs.Carol Perry of Imperial, Missouri, and Mrs. Judy Cain of Potosi, Missouri. Brother-in-laws Burt Berry and Bill Cain both of Missouri. William Boyer's family wishes to offer, with the deepest of gratitude, our sincerest thanks to the many exceptional caregivers of St. David's North Austin Medical Center.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 17, 2013
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