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Leonard E. "Lenny" Boyer, 67. of rural Oronogo (Jasper County, Mo.), passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Lenny was the seventh son born to the late Chester Vern and Mabel Agnes (Means) Boyer on March 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, he met Gail Derryberry. They were married on Nov. 24, 1972, in North Little Rock.
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 Co. 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.
He was preceded in death by parents,Vern and Mabel Boyer; his brothers, Ken Boyer and Clete Boyer; and a sister, Lela Thelma.
He is survived by 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; a 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; a brother-in-law, Buck (wife Vicki) Derryberry of Jasper; a sister-in-law, Shelley (husband Ken) Wasson of Fort Smith; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Alba Christian Church, Main Street and Hatch, with Galen King officiating.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the services A private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City.
Online guestbook: www.simpsonfh.com