Dick Boyd, 81, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Washington Odd Fellows Home due to congestive heart failure.
Dick was born Jan. 24, 1932, in Leslie, Ark., to Carl K. Boyd and Emma “Winona” (Dobbs) Boyd and was an only child. The family relocated to Richland during World War II and Dick’s father worked on the Manhattan Project. Dick met his wife to be, Laura Berry, during their years at Richland High School, where Dick graduated in 1949 and was a valedictorian for his class.
Dick attended the University of Puget Sound for two years before accepting a full-ride scholarship to Stanford University, where he graduated in 1953 with a B.A. in history, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Dick then attended Boston University School of Theology, where he graduated in 1956 with master’s degree of sacred theology, magna cum laude. He then received a fellowship of post graduate study at Saint Andrews University in Scotland from 1956-1957. He was an academic who always enjoyed the pursuit of knowledge.
Dick married his high school sweetheart, Laura Berry, on Aug. 25, 1956, and they soon set sail for Europe, where they would enjoy a year living in Scotland and touring other parts of Europe. Following his return from Scotland, Dick was ordained in the United Methodist Church. He served as pastor to Cottonwood and Nezperce, Idaho, from 1957-1962; Anacortes, Wash., from 1962-1966; Lewiston, Idaho, 1966-1969; Mercer Island, Wash., 1969-1972; Spokane 1972-1977; and Kent, Wash., 1983-1991. He was appointed by the bishop to serve as the district superintendent for the Walla Walla District from 1977-1983, and to the Tacoma District from 1991-1995. Dick and Laura adopted their two children, Kenton in 1962, and Katharine in 1964, while living in Anacortes, Wash. In 1995, Dick retired and the couple moved back to Walla Walla, where they enjoyed being closer to their children, grandchildren and eventually to their great-grandchildren. Dick enjoyed being an active member of Kiwanis until his health deteriorated. He also enjoyed being outdoors, attending the symphony and plays, taking part in church activities, reading, and spending time with his family. Dick was an intelligent, kind and caring person with a good sense of humor and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his son, Kenton Boyd of Walla Walla; daughter, Katharine Thompson of Walla Walla; granddaughters, Paige Boyd of Walla Walla, Sydney Boyd of Walla Walla, Jocelyn Thompson of Bozeman, Mont.; grandson, Turner Thompson of Walla Walla; great-grandsons, Damien Smiley of Walla Walla, Linus Smiley of Walla Walla; an aunt, Naomi Bonds of Springdale, Ark.; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Laura; his parents, Carl K. Boyd and Emma “Winona” (Dobbs) Boyd.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch St., Walla Walla. The Rev. Charles (Chuck) Hindman, the Rev. Tom Telfer and the Rev. Jim Graham will preside over the service. Refreshments will be served following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heifer Projects International through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgrosclose.com