William Vern Boyd
Jan. 11, 1946-Jan. 5, 2013
COOS BAY, Ore. — A memorial service to celebrate the life of William “Bill” Boyd, 66, of Coos Bay, Ore., will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2238 Pony Creek Road in North Bend, Ore.
Private cremation rites were held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay.
Bill was born in upstate New York on Jan. 11, 1946, to Louie Charles Boyd and Dorothy (Harrison) Boyd. He passed away peacefully on Jan. 5, 2013, in Coos Bay.
Bill graduated from Cooperstown High School, class of 1964, and soon after joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy for 20 years, achieving the rank of Senior Chief, Electronics Technician.
His duties took him to Norfolk, Va.; Glynn Brunswick, Ga.; Oak Harbor, Wash.; Kamiseya, Japan; and San Diego, Calif. He also served on the USS Tidewater AD36 and the USS Shenandoah AD44. He was a member of the U.S. Navy Shooting Team, earning top marks in several national competitions including U.S. Navy pistol shooting champion and receiving expert pistol and rifle shot medals from the service.
Bill married Rita “Sam” McLaughlin in 1968. They had two daughters, Kristell and Kealy. Despite his many duties with the military, he always took the time to participate on his daughter’s sporting teams, as well as local community service organizations and church.
In many communities where Bill lived, he was always known by his friends and neighbors as someone who would lend his skills to help those in need.
Bill was also an avid traveler, regularly camping and hiking at Yosemite or anywhere else with nice scenery and a trail to walk. He even journeyed to Australia, and, typical of his nature, established friendships he maintained for the rest of his life.
After retirement from the Navy, Bill worked in a number of other occupations ranging from salesman, to plant manager, and was known as “Baker Bill” at City Subs in Coos Bay. His favorite job after retirement, however, was as a ranch hand on a buffalo ranch outside of San Diego, where he was able to enjoy his love of the outdoors as well as his affection for those noble animals.
Bill is survived by his wife, R. “Sam” Boyd of Coos Bay; daughter, Kristell Reynolds and her husband, Stephen of Omaha, Neb.; daughter, Kealy Prouty and her husband, Joe of Escondido, Calif.; brother, Spike Boyd and his wife, Joyce of Fly Creek; sister, Bonnie Sharpe and her husband, Stu of Culpeper, Va.; sister, Beth Okerson of Cincinnati, Ohio; and grandchildren, Will Prouty and Josh Prouty of Escondido, Calif., and Jesse Reynolds, Pamela Reynolds and Bella Reynolds of Omaha, Neb.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Food Bank or to the National Lung Cancer Alliance.
Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at www.coosbayfh.com and www.theworldlink.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.