John Russell Boyer, 80, went to live with our heavenly Father on Sunday, August 27, 2017. John was born to William and Lillian Boyer on November 4, 1936 in Siren, WI.
He attended grade school in Coomer, WI, and high school in Siren, WI, graduating in 1955. John was baptized and became a faithful member of the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in 1963. John served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska.
John married the love of his life, LaVonne Mork on June 25, 1960. John and LaVonne had 4 children, Linda, Dale, Kent and Kara. His great joy was his family, being a good husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. John attended 4 years at Dunwoody Institute for Asbestos Engineering, becoming a 53-year member of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators, working for Local 34 for 36 years. John and LaVonne have been owners of the Frederic, then the Siren Dairy Queen for the past 45 years.
John served on the Frederic Village Board for many years. He also served on his church board and many church committees through the years. He was an active member of the Lewis Methodist Men at his church. He was a volunteer fireman for the Frederic Fire Department, an active member of the Frederic Lions Club, and a Boy Scout leader. John was also a member of the South Fork Sporting Club serving as President for 20 years. He has been a Hunters Safety Instructor for many years and shot trap on the Dairy Queen Trap Team.
John enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, making maple syrup, gardening, pontooning, canoeing, shooting trap and watching his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers. He loved feeding the birds and reading Louie L’Amour western novels. JR or JB, as many of his friends called him, also enjoyed a good cup of coffee any time of day.
John is survived by his wife, LaVonne; children, Linda (Michael) Munson, Dale (Kim) Boyer, Kent Boyer and Kara (Don) Alden; grandchildren, Nathan Boyer, Brianne (Derek) Biggar, Jared Munson, Cullen Munson, Kenny (Tabitha) Sanford, Matthew Sanford and Rachel Sanford; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Logan Biggar, Tanner, Kaylee and Oliver Sanford and Ayiana; sister-in-law, Kay Mork; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lillian Boyer; brother, Bill Boyer; sister-in-law, Phyllis Boyer; brother-in-law, Alvin Mork; father-in law, Neal C. Mork; and mother-in-law, Elma Mork.
Visitation will be held at Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Thursday, August 31st from 4 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, Lewis, WI on Friday, September 1st - visitation at church will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00 a.m. Officiating are Rev. Eddie Crise, Rev. Tom Cook and Rev. Steve Ward.
John will be laid to rest at Lewis Cemetery following the service. Military Honors will be presented at that time. Pallbearers are Dennis O’Donnell, Phil Schaetzel, Dave Mrdutt, Jim Meyer, Jon Meyers, Jeff Tabat, Carl Eklof and Jeff Butler. Honorary Pallbearers are Michael Munson, Kim Boyer, Don Alden, Robert Nelson, Diane Mork, South Fork Sporting Club DQ Trap Team: Kent Boyer, Gary Lenz, Scott Wilder, Brent Wilder, Kara Boyer Alden; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at www.rowefh.com
. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475 .