The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 14, 2013

Lenny Boyer


The Joplin Globe

Oronogo, Mo. — Leonard E. (Lenny) Boyer, 67, of rural Oronogo, passed away Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013.

Lenny was the seventh son born to the late Chester Vern and Mabel Agnes (Means) Boyer on Mar. 12, 1946. Lenny graduated from Alba High School in 1964. He was named in the top 100 in the United States to the Little All-American Basketball team as a senior and was given the Sports Illustrated Award of Merit on March 23, 1964. Upon graduating from high school, Lenny signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, following in the footsteps of his older brothers. Lenny played seven years in the Cardinal Organization. He spent six years in the Army National Guard. While attending College in Conway, Ark., he met Gail Derryberry.

They were married on Nov. 24, 1972, in North Little Rock, Ark. He worked for Arkansas Power and Light for approximately seven years. The family moved to Webb City in 1979, where Lenny took a position with Empire District Electric Company. He worked for Empire for 32 years as a line foreman, retiring in 2011, at the age of 65. Lenny enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons, and playing and coaching all types of sports.  He loved his family with all of his heart.  He was a very giving and generous man.  Lenny will be missed by all who loved him.

Surviving is his wife, of 40 years, Gail (Derryberry); two sons, Eric Matthew (Matt) (wife Mandy), of Grain Valley, Mo., John Lucas (Luke), of Oronogo; two grandsons, Kaden and Kooper and one granddaughter, Kailey, of Grain Valley; four brothers, Cloyd (wife Nadine), of Jasper, Mo., Wayne (wife Lois), of Kokomo, Ind., Lynn (wife Lyla), of Carl Junction and Ronnie, of Joplin; six sisters, Juanita Woodmansee, of Alba, Dolores Webb, of Broken Arrow, Okla., Pansy (husband Russell) Schell, of Alba, Shirley (husband Jack) Lockhart, of Fayetteville, Ark., Bobbi McNary, of Joplin, Marcy Layton, of Oronogo; brother-in-law, Buck (wife Vicki) Derryberry, of Jasper, sister-in-law Shelley (husband Ken) Wasson, of Ft. Smith, Ark.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by parents, Vern and Mabel Boyer; brothers, Ken Boyer, Clete Boyer; and sister, Lela Thelma.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m. with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the services at the Alba Christian Church, Main Street and Hatch, with Galen King Officiating. A private burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City.

Visit www.simpsonfh.com for online condolences.