Elwood Resident: John M. Boyle, age 83 (1930-2013)

John M. Boyle, 83, of Elwood, Nebraska, died on Monday, August 5th, 2013, at Elwood Care Center, in Elwood.

He was born on August 4th, 1930, at Hershey, Nebraska, to Clement F. and Bertha E. (Fry) Boyle.

He attended grade school at Lower Birdwood School at Hershey, Nebraska and graduated from the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska. He went back to Hershey and worked as a farmhand for George Green then later farmed north of Hershey and worked for Armour Meat Packing Plant. He remained in the North Platte area where he had several farming and construction jobs and also worked for Lawrence Calhoun Ranch.

John married Mary Elizabeth Pursel of North Platte in 1952. To this union were born four children, Timothy, Angela, Mark and Matthew. In December of 1966 he became a Federal Meat Inspector for the USDA, so the family moved to Lexington, Nebraska. Mary passed away in 1967. They moved to Elwood, Nebraska in 1970 where he lived until his death. John retired from the USDA in November of 1996 and work for 10 years with the Johnson Lake Development Corporation. As a young man in high school and later in the professional ranks, John participated in rodeo as a steer wrestler, traveling from Denver to Omaha. He always enjoyed gardening and the bounty it would provide. He was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Smithfield, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clement and Bertha, brothers Bernard and Dan Boyle and son Johnathan Eric Boyle.

He is survived by his sons: Tim and wife Carol Boyle of Johnson Lake, Nebraska; Mark Boyle and fiancé Katherine Black of El Paso, Texas; Matthew Boyle of Kearney, Nebraska; daughter Angela and husband Douglas Cover of Cheyenne, Wyoming; grandchildren Megan (Lee) Dreyer of Lincoln, Nebraska; Ryan (Madeline) Boyle of Whitefish, Montana; Caitlin (Matthew) Smith of Cozad, Nebraska; Rachael Cover of Tampa, Florida; Kelly Cover, of Cheyenne, Shane Boyle and fiancé Catherine Archer of Fort Worth, Texas; Joshua Boyle and fiancé Laura Jaye Oullette of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Travis Boyle of El Paso; great-grandsons Mile and Maxwell Dreyer of Lincoln and another great-grandchild due in September.

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Rosary was Thursday, August 8th, 2013, at St. John's Catholic Church in Smithfield, Nebraska.

Funeral Mass was held Friday, August 9th, 2013, at St. John's Catholic Church in Smithfield with Father Thomas Lux, officiating.

Burial was Friday, August 9th, 2013, at the North Platte Cemetery in North Platte, Nebraska.

Memorials are suggested in his name.

Elwood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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