Oliver V. Boyington

Oliver V. Boyington, 85, of Clarion, Iowa, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010 at Wright Medical Center in Clarion.

A full Masonic funeral service for Oliver Boyington will be held on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Clarion.  Jay Cole Simser, Past Master of Arcadia Lodge #249 and Chad Chapman, Secretary of Cyrene Lodge #325 will officiate over the Masonic service.  Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion.

Visitation will be held on Friday one hour prior to services at the church.

Oliver Verl Boyington was born on September 9, 1924 to Herbert and Tress (McDermott) Boyington on the family farm near Galt, Iowa.

Oliver attended school in Galt and later made a career of military service, serving in both the United States Army and the United States Air Force.

In 1945, Oliver was married to Yvonne Knuths, and to this union, a son Douglas was born.

Oliver married Janet Fossum on June 15, 1989 at Clear Lake, Iowa. They spent many years being involved in Lodge activities, traveling to various Lodge Conventions and celebrations. Oliver was Past Master of the Ames Arcadia Lodge Number 249 and the Clarion Cyrene Lodge Number 325, as well as holding many other offices. Oliver was very proud to serve his Lodge brothers in any way he could. It could be said, he was responsible for the renewed growth of Clarion Cyrene Lodge.

Oliver enjoyed vegetable gardening and growing fruit trees, after filling the pantry to the brim with canned vegetables, fruits and jams, he then continued to preserve the food to give away to family and friends.

Oliver enjoyed sharing his stories of his love for fishing and hunting, especially about his moose hunt in Alaska.

No one was a stranger to Oliver for very long, he enjoyed meeting people and making them his friend.

Oliver is survived by his wife Janet of Clarion; one child, a son Douglas Boyington of Emerson, Iowa; three granddaughters; Rebecca (Todd) Franks of Essex, Iowa; Sara (Ron) Skidmore of Emerson, Iowa; and Elizabeth (Jay) Ungry of Emerson, Iowa; five great-grandchildren: Shane Franks, Philip Franks, Bradley Franks, Alexis Ungry and Jason Ungry, step-daughter Jenae (Brian) Lundebrek, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and lodge brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, maternal and paternal grandparents.


Date: Friday, May 28, 2010
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Where: United Methodist Church – Clarion
201 3rd Avenue North East, Clarion, Iowa 50525
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Date: Friday, May 28, 2010
Time: 10:00 am
Where: United Methodist Church – Clarion
201 3rd Avenue North East, Clarion, Iowa 50525
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