SOUTH BEND — Billy Owen Boyer, 82, passed away Wednesday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.
Born April 14, 1930 in Millersburg to Harold and Lottie (Vance) Boyer, he was raised in New Paris until entering the United States Marine Corps in 1950.
In Michigan in 1965, Billy married the love of his life and best friend, the former Bonnie Brown. She survives along with their children, Sheila Dawn Boyer, South Bend, Billie Lynn Croymans, Walkerton, (daughter, Brittany), and Billy Owen Boyer II (son, Kevin, South Bend). They relocated to South Bend in 1987.
He is also survived by a daughter, Melissa; son, Harold (Karen) (children, Shane, Brook, Isaiah, Debra and Bethany); sisters, Clarabelle Bigler of Goshen, Jane (Delbert) Schmucker of Nappanee, and Marilyn (Samuel) Keene of Goshen; brother, Jack (Linda) Boyer of Pace, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
In additional to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his sister, Berdine Barron; and by brothers, Harold Ray, Jimmy Dean and George Boyer.
Billy proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps retiring after 20 years as a Gunnery Sergeant. He served in the Korean War from 1951-1952 and the Vietnam war from 1966-1967. He also retired from Hobart Corporation after 16 years as a branch manager and service advisor.
Billy enjoyed reading, fishing, listening to country/western and gospel music, and watching football, but most of all, he loved being with his family.
Memorials contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen, where a service will take place at 2 p.m. Monday. Jim Bontrager, Elkhart City Police chaplain, will officiate.
Burial will be in Whitehead Cemetery in New Paris.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.rrefh.com