William Robert Boyer Jr., 71, of Hume, Ill., Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and Cherryfield, formerly of Decatur, Ill., passed away Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at his home in Desert Hot Springs under the view of Mount San Jacinto.
Bill was born on Jan. 7, 1945, in Decatur, the son of William Robert and Charlotte (Conklin) Boyer Sr. He attended Hotchkiss School and was a graduate of Millikin University, proudly served in the U.S. Navy Reserves, and served as an official on many committees and boards to include Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 664 in Falls Church, Va., active member of his church, First Congregational Church of Cherryfield and the commodore of Petit Manan Yacht Club in Maine. He was a loving father and great friend who shared his passion for chess, sailing, camping, adventuring and folk singing with his boys, grandchildren and friends. Making acquaintances and winning friendships came naturally to Bill with his jovial sense of humor and warm approachable personality.
Surviving him are his sons, William Robert Boyer III (Kate) of Broadlands, Ill.; Todd P. Boyer (Rebekah) of Hebron, Ind.; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Barbara Kent.
The service to celebrate Bill’s life will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested as follows: First Congregational Church in Cherryfield, or Downeast Equine and Large Animal Society, P.O. Box 485, Cherryfield, ME 04622.
The family of William Robert Boyer Jr. is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, Ill. Please send condolences to the family at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.