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February 2, 1936 April 10, 2018
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John William Boyd, 82, of Nixa, Missouri, died April 10, 2018 in Cox South Hospital, Springfield, Missouri, after a brief illness. He was the youngest of six boys born on February 2, 1936 in Galloway, Missouri, to John Sherman and Lillian Mae (MacLachlan) Boyd.

He joined the U.S. Army and served during the Berlin Crisis before returning to Christian County, Missouri, where he would spend the rest of his life.

John was united in marriage to Mary Katherine (Meritt) Boyd on December 27, 1958 in Clever, Missouri, and to this union three daughters were born, Anita Michelle, Kimberly Renee, and Katrina Lyn.

He attended Draughon Business College and obtained various other certificate programs, working in medical malpractice, life/home insurance businesses, and his retirement job doing taxes.

He lived his life in Boaz, Missouri, working as a farmer and in insurance; opening his home to many foster children and foreign exchange students before retiring to Nixa in 2001. He enjoyed wood working, computers, mystery novels, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals, and whatever game a grandchild was playing at the moment. John was a long time member and deacon of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, and was lovingly welcomed into the North Nixa Baptist Church family in retirement.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Katherine; daughters and sons in law, Kimberly (Shaun) Burke, and Katrina (David) Engelman; grandchildren, Kylea Burke, Dalton (Kylah) Burke, and Audrey, Isaiah, Olivia, and Noah Engelman. Also surviving are three brothers and sisters in law, Jim Boyd, Harold (Wanda) Boyd, and Richard (Collette) Boyd; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his firstborn Anita Michelle in 1962; his parents; oldest brother Gene Sherman Boyd; and sisters in law, Stella Boyd, Lois Boyd, and Cathern Boyd.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Meadors Funeral Home, 304 N. Drive, Clever, MO, 65631. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, April 12, 2018, also in the funeral home. Burial, with military honors, will be in Frazier Cemetery, Boaz. Memorial donations may be made to Least of These Food Pantry, 511 Kathryn St., Nixa MO 65714 or to the North Nixa Baptist Church, 1730 N. State Hwy CC, Nixa MO 65714. Family and friends may share online condolences on this website, at

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