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Leon Boyd


December 12, 2018

Leon "Dairl" Boyd, age 89, of Roswell, New Mexico, and of Goldendale, passed away on Nov. 28, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Boyd served honorably as a Sergeant in the 2nd Mortar Squad of the Weapons Platoon, of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 224th Infantry Regiment, 40th Division. He received the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), the United Nations Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal, and a Bronze Service Star.

After Mr. Boyd returned home, he found work in the oil industry. He began his long career as a draftsman for Shell Oil in 1955. Mr. Boyd married in 1960 and had two children. He moved to Midland, Texas, and later to Houston, Texas in his service to Shell Oil. But Roswell was always home to his heart, and he returned to Roswell upon his retirement in 1993. In the last year of his life, Mr. Boyd moved to Goldendale to be with family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ervin Columbus Boyd and Elizabeth Agnes Dunham Boyd; and his older sisters, Bonnie Bartlett and Juleada Earlean Boyd (1925-1930); and his daughter-in-law, Won Chong Boyd (1963-2010). He is survived by a son, Martin Boyd and his wife, Wendy Boyd; and his daughter in Goldendale, Tanya DeCharles, her husband Nathan Nichols, and their daughter, Samantha Nichols.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Klickitat County EMS, Providence Portland, Rose City Cemetery and Funeral Home in Portland, LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Roswell, South Park Cemetery in Roswell and Trinity United Methodist Church in Roswell. Mr. Boyd will be interred next to his beloved parents in South Park Cemetery, in Roswell, where all services will be held.

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