Harry Ray Boyles, age 86 of Mason City, died Sunday July 8, 2012, at the Rose Lane Nursing Home in Loup City. Funeral services will be Friday, July 13, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Mason City with the Rev. Bill Ragan officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, with military honors. Memorials have been established to the Mason City American Legion Post or the Mason City Community Service Club. Visitation will be Thursday, July 12, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow.
Harry Ray Boyles was born April 1, 1926, at Brownlee, to William Harry and Daisy (Hulett) Boyles. Harry Ray spent many years in the Sandhills before he moved to Custer County.
Harry Ray enlisted in the US Army Oct. 25, 1944, where he served until Nov. 20, 1946. Harry Ray was called back into service Jan. 6, 1951, and served until Sept. 21, 1951. June 24, 1951, he was married to Gretchen Taylor at Mason City. The couple spent their entire married life in Mason City.
Harry Ray worked as a mail carrier and was later the Mason City Postmaster. Mr. Boyles also raised and sold pure bred Angus Cattle. Mrs. Boyles died Jan. 19, 2011.
Harry Ray was a member of the Mason City First Baptist Church, was a life member of the American Angus Association, Heart of Nebraska Angus Association, served on the Mason City School Board, Custer County Board of Supervisors, Custer County Fair Board, Custer County Veterans Service Committee, was a 4-H leader, was a life member of the American Legion, and was a volunteer fireman.
Harry Ray is survived by his four sons, John of Cozad, Jim of Mason City, David (Tracy) of Mason City, and Joe (Karen) of Lewistown, Mont., two daughters, Carol (Pat) Kuehl of Loup City, and Tammy Boyles of Aurora, Minn.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Ellen (Bob) Gestwite of Ansley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gretchen; and a sister, Alberta "Bertie" Holley.
Published in Custer County Chief, July 12, 2012