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Benedict Boyer

August 11, 1938 — July 15, 2023

Benedict "Dick" Boyer, 84, of Webster, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Bethesda Home in Webster.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, July 20, 2023, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Webster. Military inurnment will be at St. Otto's Catholic Cemetery near Webster.

Memorial visitation will be 4-6 P.M. Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at the funeral home, and conclude with a rosary at 6 P.M.

Dick was born August 11, 1938, in Wadena, Minnesota, to John Henry and Matilda “Tillie” (Ament) Boyer, the sixth of 12 children. He attended St. Ann’s Catholic grade school and graduated from Wadena High School in 1956. After high school Dick joined the Navy and was an Electronic Technician on an airborne squadron that flew from Newfoundland to the Azores and back. His home base was in Maryland, near Washington, DC, where he met his future wife, Barbara Kulha, of Republic, PA, who worked in the Navy annex and roomed with the sister of one of Dick’s fellow sailors. The couple married on April 23, 1960, in Arlington, VA. After his three years in the Navy was up, the couple moved to Minneapolis, MN, and Dick worked odd jobs in Minneapolis until he joined RCA, which had a contract with the Air Force. He was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration for approximately 35 years in Gettysburg, SD, where he also served as president of the NARFE chapter.

Dick served as Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart Church in Gettysburg and was a member of the Christ the King chapter in Webster. As a Minnesota native, Dick always rooted for the Twins and the Vikings, even if they weren’t having a great season. Dick enjoyed hunting and fishing, and passed his love of fishing on to the next several generations, including his children, his grandson Dominic, and great-grandson Mason. Any day Dick could spend time on Enemy Swim Lake in his pontoon was a good day. His fish fries were legendary and much enjoyed by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, Webster; children: Brenda Boyer, Sioux Falls, SD; Joe (Karen) Boyer, Sioux Falls, SD; Bonnie (Dave) Charron, Enemy Swim Lake, SD; Belinda (Bryan) Miller, Viborg, SD; and Bobbi (Dave) Edson, Detroit Lakes, MN; daughter-in-law: Janet Boyer, Custer, SD; grandchildren: Jessica (Joe) Bierschbach, Union, KY; Johnathan Stahl, Custer, SD; Meagan (Mike) Schrum, Columbia, SC; Dominic (Kahryn) Boyer, Sioux Falls, SD; Monica (Jake) Bray, Mendota Heights, MN; Faith Boyer, Hillsdale, MI; Kristen (Riley) Baehr, Scottsdale, AZ; Rachel Miller, Scottsdale, AZ; Isaac Edson, State College, PA; Andrew Edson, Pullman, WA; great-grandchildren: Mason Bierschbach and Marcus, Madison, and Mary Schrum; treasured extended family: Brent and Miranda Fosheim, Webster, SD; siblings: Ann Sandberg, Janesville, MN; Julie Geiser, Wadena, MN; Kathy (Vern) Brust, Rice Lake, WI; Jane (Larry) Geiser, Stillwater, MN; and Sam (Linda) Boyer, Aurora, CO; and many nieces and nephews and their extended families.

He was preceded in death by granddaughter Ashley Charron, son Brian Boyer, his parents, and siblings Betty Harthman, Bob Boyer, Rosemary Stevens, John Boyer, Rita Adams, and Tony Boyer.

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