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Gwendell L. Boyer (Gwen)

Age 94, and a lifelong resident of Ithaca, Gwendell passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019, having resided at Stone Lodge Memory Care in Shepherd for the past two years.

Gwendell was born on October 28, 1924 to Elmer and Lilly Boyer.  He graduated from Ithaca High School, Class of 1943.  He served honorably, proudly and with distinction in the Army Air Force during WWII flying as a ball-turret gunner on B17s, The Flying Fortress, for 13 combat missions and receiving the Air Medal.  Following the service, he traveled to Chicago to train as an electrician which became his lifelong trade.

On July 3, 1947, he married “the girl next door” and the love of his life, (Ella) Jean Davis and bought their first and only home on North St. Johns Street, where they raised four children, never to move again until his move to Stone Lodge in his last years.

Gwendell enjoyed Tuesday morning coffee at McDonalds and Friday night football with his good friends.  He spent many hours sitting on his front porch watching the birds and squirrels play in his yard and cars driving by.  He will be remembered by all who knew him for his humor, his corny jokes, and generous nature.

He is survived by his daughters, Karen Turja (Ken) of Indialantic, FL, Connie Etheridge (Larry) of W. Melbourne, FL, and Cheryl Leight (Mike) of Six Lakes; daughter-in-law, Mary Boyer of Shepherd; two grandchildren, Karlynn Madison of Mt Pleasant and Ryan Boyer (Kelly) of Farmington Hills; and four great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister Janet White of Ithaca and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Gwendell was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean of 58 years, and his son Wayne, and his four brothers, and three of his four sisters.

A celebration of life will be held 2-4pm June 15, 2019 at the Ithaca Senior Activity Building. Military Honors will be held at 3:30pm. The family is being served by the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Ithaca VFW Post 7805, P.O. Box 104, Ithaca, MI 48847 or to the Senior Activity Building. Condolences may be left for the family online at


Reader Comments (13)

Cheryl and family- sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great guy. Enjoyed talking with him at church and have missed seeing his smiling face these past couple of years.

Jim and Cecille Bowen
April 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJim Bowen
Cheryl, Connie, and Karen,
I will always remember your Dad as a second Dad to all of our friends. His sense of humor was priceless and we always laughed at his corny jokes. He was kind to everyone and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
April 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBecky and So Dickman
Cheryl & family, sorry for the loss of your loss!
April 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTom & Kathy kanitz
My apologies for my prior error. So sorry for the loss of your dad. It’s hard to lose a parent!
April 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKathy kanitz
Karen, Connie, and Cheryl, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
April 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi Fortney Roslund
Difficult to find the right words for the loss of my "other father". Yes, he had corny jokes, and a great, quick smile. And he so obviously loved all of us. Proud to have had him in my life. Especially admired his efforts to honor Gratiot County Veterans - and his support and enjoyment of Ithaca football. So many great memories. Love and condolences to my family.
April 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Leiter
So sorry to hear this.....he was a wonderful man.....praying for comfort....Tim and Kathy
April 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTimothy J Schneider
So sorry to hear of Your Dad's passing. I always enjoyed talking to him. He will be missed at all of the Veteran functions that He attended. He helped raise a WONDERFUL family...
April 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJerry Rummer
I am so sorry for your family’s loss of Gwendell. May you find comfort in your many precious memories shared and warmth in God’s promises to restore our dear loved ones to perfect life on a paradise earth. (John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:29; Revelation 21:3,4) For now, we have the gift of prayer which can provide the needed strength and hope to carry you through the difficult days ahead. Best wishes for you all, take care.
April 27, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBabe Quintrall
To the Boyer family-our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. Both of your parents were such nice neighbors to all who knew them.
April 30, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTerry and Karen Nestle
To the Boyer family-our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. Both of your parents were such nice neighbors to all who knew them.
April 30, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTerry and Karen Nestle
I remember Gwen and Jean coming to my Grandma and Grandpa Leiter's for coffee when I was growing up. Gwen always had something funny to say that made me laugh. Gwen was a sweet man who made people smile and feel good. My prayers to the family.
May 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMistyna Pearson
So very sorry for your loss. I will not be able to attend as I have a another funeral that day. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
June 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Smith

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