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Leonard  Earl  Boyer
     Leonard Earl Boyer, 77, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the North Colorado Center in Greeley, Colo. He was born on June 14, 1941 in Mullen to Clarence Earl and Lilly Jean (Morrison) Boyer.
     As an adult he was baptized in the Calvary Episcopal Church in Hyannis. Leonard attended school in Mullen, graduating from Mullen High School in 1957. Receiving All-State football honors his senior year was something that Leonard was very proud of.
     After graduation, Leonard served in the United States Army from 1958-1960 and from 1961-1962. In between his two enlistments, Leonard married Joy Thurston, June 25, 1961 in Hyannis.
     After receiving his honorable discharge, Leonard and Joy moved back to the Sandhills and worked many years for several area ranchers. After retiring from ranching, Leonard and Joy moved to Hyannis.
     Leonard had many blessings in his life, including his two children and grandchildren. After retiring from ranching, Leonard enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters, fishing, visiting with friends and family and using his 4-wheeler to clear sidewalks in the winter. He was an active member in the American Legion and a member of the Whitman Community Club.
     He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joy; his daughter and her family; son, Bud (Kim) Boyer of Stapleton; brothers, Pete (Myrna) and Willard (Betty), both of Mullen and Gary (Joni) of North Platte; sisters, Midge (Mick) Harding of Mullen, Vi Kommers of Mesa, Ariz., and Bonnie Hilderhoff of Mullen; brother-in-law, Bill (Twila) Thurston of Hyannis; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Warren) Herman of Ogallala; and other family.
     Leonard was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Gene and Polly Thurston; brother-in-laws, Johnny Thurston, Ed Hilderhoff, and Jim Kommers; and sister, Gladys Smith and her late husbands Russell Simonson and Bob Smith.
     Military graveside services will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the Whitman cemetery.
     Memorial contributions may be made to Grant Co. Fire and Rescue Services.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 5/17/2017
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