Thomas Boyer

Thomas Boyer

TUSCOLA — Thomas R. Boyer, 88, of Tuscola passed away at 2:29 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at his residence in Tuscola.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St., Arcola. The Rev. Shane Beever officiated. Burial was in the Embarrass Cemetery in Redmon. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to service time on Wednesday.

Tom was born on Sept. 22, 1930, in Edgar County. He was a son of Raymond Edward and Esther Evadna (Adams) Boyer. He married Lula Mae Snider on Oct. 1, 1948, in Dudley. She passed away on Oct. 1, 1989. He later married Thelma Viola (Chambers) VanWagoner on June 2, 1992, in Mississauga, Canada. She passed away on May 31, 2016.

Survivors include three children, Steven Kurt Boyer of Villa Grove, Janet Kay Thompson and her husband Dennis of Mahomet, and David Allen Boyer and his wife Nancy of Arcola; two step-children, Donna Mae May and her husband John of Cocoa, Fla., and John VanWagoner of Titusville, Fla.; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Edward Boyer of Paris, Ill.; and one sister, Martha Boyer Reeley of Springfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives and one sister, Ruth Wilson.

Tom grew up in Edgar County. He enjoyed working on cars, hunting and fishing. He had worked as a telegrapher for the New York Central Railroad and he also had worked for the Milwaukee Railroad. He would later work as a printer for UO Colson Printing Company in Paris, Ill. He drove a bulk milk truck for Sugar Creek Creamery in Arthur, and he had worked for English Grain Company in Redmond. Tom went back to work for the New York Central Railroad before moving to Arcola in 1958, when he went to work at USI in Tuscola. He retired from USI in 1992 with over 33 years of service. After retiring, Tom worked with his son, David, on the farm during planting and harvest seasons.

Tom had lived in West Melbourne, Fla., for over 20 years. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Melbourne, Fla. In 2017, he moved to Brookstone in Tuscola, and he really enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.