Charles Boyd, 91, of Maurice, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at the Orange City Municipal Hospital Long-term Care Facility in Orange City.
Charles Henry Boyd was born March 8, 1913, at Hornick, the son of Charles Russell and Francis (Kingsworth) Boyd. He was raised on a farm near Hornick, where he attended school. Later, he moved with his parents to a farm on South Lakeport Road, near Sergeant Bluff. His last two years of education were at the Sergeant Bluff High School, where he graduated in 1931.
In 1940, he moved to Maurice to work for his brother, J. Robert Boyd, at the Maurice Elevator. On May 24, 1941, he married Cordelia Caroline Wrede at South Sioux City, Neb. They made their home in Maurice until 1943, when he entered the United States Army.
During World War II, "Charlie" served with General Patton's Third Division, operating an anti-aircraft gun in France and Germany. In 1944, he was wounded in The Battle of the Bulge, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was hospitalized in France and England for three months. He then returned to the United States, where he was given a medical discharge in 1945.
Mr. and Mrs. Boyd then returned to Maurice. On Jan. 1, 1947, he and De Orr Cose assumed management and later part-ownership of the elevator. They continued operating the elevator until 1965, when it was sold to the Farmers Co-operative Elevator of Orange City.
In retirement, he and "Cordy" enjoyed traveling, especially to Texas for the winter months. They also liked spending the summers at their cabin in northern Minnesota, near Baudette, where they did much fishing.
On April 10, 2002, the Boyds moved to Kosgrove Estate in Sioux Center, where they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Cordy died there on Oct. 1, 2002. On March 19, 2004, Charlie transferred to the Orange City Municipal Hospital Long Term Care Facility.
Charles was a member of the First Reformed Church of Maurice, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Floyd Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his nephews and nieces, James "Buzz" and Jackie Stanton, of Bellflower, Calif., Shirley and Wayne Ostlund, of Baudette, Minn., Homer M., Jr., "Sonny" and Wayver Boyd, of Bradenton, Fla., John R. and Roma Boyd, of Le Mars, and Bradley and Patty Wrede, of Westminister, Colo.; and many great-nephews and nieces, as well as numerous special friends and neighbors.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers and their wives, Homer and Goldie Boyd, J. Robert and Mildred Boyd, and Jesse and Esther Boyd; a sister and her husband, Doris and Jim Stanton; a brother-in-law and his wife, Marlin and Elsie Wrede; and nephews and nieces, Betty Meier, Virginia Lorenzen, Raimy Dean Stanton, Donna Stanton, Lila Stockton, Bruce Wrede, and Brian Wrede.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Reformed Church in Maurice. The Rev. Wayne Sneller will officiate. Interment will follow at the Sherman Township Cemetery, near Maurice. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Sunday, with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m., at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or the Maurice First Reformed Church New Kitchen Fund.