John T. "Tom" Boyle, 88, of Le Mars, died Friday, March 24, 2006, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
John Thomas "Tom" Boyle was born Sept. 25, 1917, in Le Mars, the fifth of 11 children of Patrick and Edna (Heath) Boyle. Tom graduated from high school in Le Mars and then joined the United States Navy in 1936.
While serving in the Navy, Tom marched across the Golden Gate Bridge at the dedication in 1937. He participated in the shipping of large quantities of gold reserves from South Africa to England prior to World War II. From 1938 to 1939, he was a shipmate on the USS Louisville, and attended many of the ship's reunions over the years. He had also participated on board a ship that was responsible for surveying a large part of the Venezuelan coast.
During World War II, Tom was part of the naval support operations in the Solomon Islands from Guadalcanal to Bougainville. He also participated in the sinking of two submarines, one German off the New York coast and one Japanese in the Pacific.
During the Korean War, Tom was assigned to a destroyer involved with the shelling operations of Inchon Harbor.
His naval duties took him elsewhere worldwide, to Alaska, South America, Australia, Japan, and much of the rest of the Pacific.
In the early 1950s, toward the end of his Naval career, his duties included training several classes of recruits at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, as a Company Commander, as well a training sailors in shipboard firefighting. Tom retired in 1957 after serving his country for nearly 22 years.
Tom was united in marriage to Charlene Delaney on June 21, 1957, and soon thereafter moved to Los Angeles, Calif., with her and his stepchildren Edward, Michael, and Ardis. Tom graduated from Long Beach University with a degree in elementary education in 1963. He worked for North American Autonetics (later North American Rockwell) as an industrial fireman from 1963 to 1978 while living on Orange, California.
After retiring, he and Charlene traveled throughout the United States before settling down in Rogers, Ark., near Beaver Lake. They lived there for 10 years until moving to Le Mars in 1990 to be closer to family.
Tom is survived by his wife of 48 years, Charlene of Le Mars; two sons Edward O'Meara and his wife Dr. Joyce O'Shaughnessy of Dallas, Texas and grandchildren Mark and Tess; Michael O'Meara and his wife, Josephine of Bakersfield, Calif., and grandchildren Molly, Peter, and Ardis; and a daughter Ardis O'Meara and her husband Dr. Ronn Pineo and grandchild Thomas of Towson, Md.; two sisters, Alice Miller of Oskaloosa, and Clara Noble of Bridgeton, N.J.; a brother, Frank Boyle of Hawthorne, Calif.; several nieces and nephews, including Bernice Reiter, Bill Wiese, and Raymond Wiese, all of Le Mars; as well as several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, including Alwayne and Leonard Klemme of Le Mars.
Tom was preceded in death by six brothers, Owen, Charlie, Bill, Ed, Clarence, and Joseph Boyle; and a sister, Marion Wiese.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars will be in Calvary Cemetery, Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Friday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. There will be a 4 p.m. parish rosary followed by a 7 p.m. Scriptural wake Service all at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Peter O'Meara, Mark O'Meara, Ronn Pineo, Tom Pineo, Raymond Wiese, and Paul Miller.
Condolences can be viewed at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.