Leonard Earl Boyer, 77, passed away May 13 at the North Colorado Center in Greeley, Colorado. He was born on June 14, 1941 in Mullen, Nebraska, 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 U.S. Army from 1958-1960 and from 1961-1962. In between his two enlistments, Leonard married Joy Thurston, June 25, 1961 in Hyannis, Nebraska. 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 and their daughters Brianna, Jennifer and Nikki Boyer. Other survivors included his brothers Pete (Myrna) of Mullen, Willard (Betty) of Mullen, Gary (Joni) of North Platte; sisters Midge (Mick) Harding of Mullen, Vi Kommers of Mesa, Arizona and Bonnie Hilderhoff of Mullen; brother-in-law Bill (Twila) Thurston of Hyannis, sister-in-law Marilyn (Warren) Herman of Ogallala and many nieces and nephews.
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; one sister, Gladys Smith and her late husbands Russell Simonson and Bob Smith.
Military graveside services will be held Thursday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Whitman, Nebraska cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grant Co. Fire and Rescue Services.