Msg (Retired) DoD Contractor Daniel James “Jim” Boyd dies
Jim, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in Des Moines. He was the eighth child of Daniel and Regina (Lydon) Boyd. He graduated from East High School in May 1979.
In August 1979, Daniel enlisted in the United States Army and served 26 years in the MP Corp. For his faithful service, Jim was awarded several medals and commendations-Korea Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Coast Guard Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd Award), Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), Air Assault Badge, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-W Bar. Following his retirement in 2005, he was a DOD Contractor in Africa and Afghanistan.
On August 7, 1982, Jim was united in marriage to Kimberly Lynn Six in Des Moines. They were blessed with two children, Matthew and Jennifer.
Jim and Kim own a farm in Richland, Mo., where they enjoyed raising cattle and had started a vineyard. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also an excellent marksman and liked to research his family history. He was known as the family historian.
Jim leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Kim; children, Matthew Boyd (Megan) and Jennifer Boyd (Nick Trewett); one grandchild, Anniston Boyd; siblings, Joan Putzke (Ed), Mary Jane Long (Charles), John Boyd (Marilyn), Patricia Starmer (Wendell), Linda Kurz (Ed), Sandra Alitz (Mike), Catherine Chambers (Roger) and Michael Boyd; 11 nieces, nine nephews, seven great nieces, 15 great nephews; several aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Regina Boyd; mother-in-law, Margret R. Six; and one nephew, Frank Robison, Jr.
Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be made to
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