Richard Eugene (Gene) Boyer, 89, passed away, Sept. 6, 2016, at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Mullen, Neb. Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 304 N. Veteran Ave., Mullen, Neb. Interment at the Seneca Cemetery will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Gene was born Oct. 25, 1926, to Lynn (Pete) and Jeannette Elliott Boyer Cooley north of Mullen in Cherry County.
After high school, during a cattle drive, Gene met and fell in love with Irene Warren who taught school south of Mullen. They were married on April 23, 1946, while Gene was home on leave from the Navy.
During WWII, Gene served in the Navy aboard the USN APA – 151 USS LaPorte Attack Transport. LaPorte received one battle star for WWII service, at Okinawa and Japan.
After his military service, Gene and Irene lived on their ranch southwest of Seneca and raised three children, Allen, Gary and Steve Boyer.
Gene was a lifelong rancher and loved living in the country. He treasured what he did for a living and was perfectly happy remaining on the ranch. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend. His last ranching location was at the Modisett Ranch, south of Gordon, Neb., before retiring south of Mullen in 1998.
Gene is survived by his three sons, Allen (Barbara) Boyer of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Gary (Mary) Boyer of Crete, Neb.; and Dr. Steve (Dr. Margaret) Cavanaugh-Boyer of Mullen; grandchildren Katina Boyer, Sacramento, Calif.; Ty Boyer, Lincoln, Neb.; Amanda Boyer Nelson, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Claire Boyer Rumpca, Pierre, S.D.; and Lauren Boyer, Alamo, Texas; and great-grandchildren Jamee Boyer, Cameron Sipowicz, Daniel Frank, Tyler Regier, Ezra Boyer, Brandon Boyer and Cierra Boyer.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife Irene of 64 years; father Lynn Boyer; mother Jeannette Boyer Cooley; and sister Betty Barth.
The family would like to thank the staff of Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home for their extraordinary care and love during Gene’s stay there.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been set up for the Seneca Cemetery in Seneca, Neb.
Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.