Elton Dale Boyer

Birth Date: 
Sunday, May 3, 1931
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, October 20, 2019

WOOSTER – Elton Dale Boyer, 88, of Wooster passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at his home.

He was born May 3, 1931 on a farm in Wayne County.  Farming taught him to accept responsibilities that would serve a life time.  Elton was the son of Orris and Helen Houser Boyer.  In 1951 he married Dorothy Blough.  She survives.

Elton was a 1949 graduate of Wooster High School and from 1949-1969 he worked in house/light commercial construction and related industries, (for seven years he was a carpenter, ten years a self-employed builder and three years as a lumber yard manager).

In 1969, Elton was selected to be the first Carpentry Instructor for the New Wayne County Joint Vocational School and continued in Voed for 22 years retiring in 1991.  He earned a BS Degree in Education from Kent State University while working full time.  With Education Certification earned as a Carpentry Instructor, Diversified Coordinator Trainer, Trade & Industry Education Supervisor, Vocational Director and Diversified Industrial Trainer.  He completed graduate studies in Quality Improvement of personnel and product and developed and presented on site quality improvement training programs to business and industrial personnel.  TQM (Total Quality Management) concepts were included.

He had served on the Education Committee of the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Orrville Chamber, Wayne Co. Personnel Association, IMC, served as Chairman of the Board of the Wayne Co. Credit Union, American Voed Assoc., Ohio Voed Assoc., and was a charter member and had served as President of Ohio Trade and Industrial Education Supervisor Assoc.  He was awarded Ohio T & I Supervisor of the Year.

Served in the United States Military Army Reserve for 35 years having to take a mandatory assignment to the Retired Reserve at age 60.  He was the principal organizer of the 555th Honors Detachment to provide military last rites at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville.  He was selected as the Wayne Co. Veteran of the Year on November 11, 2006.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Dorothy are his children, James (Susan) Boyer of Keyser, West Virginia, Steven (Catherine) Boyer and Thomas (Cheryl)Boyer both of Wooster; Grandchildren, Mike, Brian, Megan, Lee, Lucas, Dani and Kirk; great-grandchildren, Marli, M.J., Emmalee, Addyson and Makenna; brothers, Arden and Lloyd both of Wooster.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ann Neilson.

Friends will be received 1 hour prior to the Noon service on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster with his grandson, Brian Boyer officiating.  Inurnment of ashes will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville with the 555th Honors Detachment providing military honors.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the 555th Honor Detachment, 14834 Jordan Road, Creston, OH 44217

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.


Memorial Contributions: 

Memorial contributions may be made to the 555th honor Detachment, 14834 Jordan Rd., Creston, OH 44217


Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Noon at the funeral home


Dorothy You have my deepest sympathy. Your family also.I know how hard it is to say good-bye to our loved ones. I know Al was so proud to be a member of the 555 and call the group friends. I will always remember the group dinners and the way everyone had a good time. my prayers are with you and your family.

Condolences to your family at this sad time. May the love of Christ and of family and friends surround you and comfort your hearts. -Sylvia Crafton (NHS classmate of Steve)

Dorothy; My deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss of Eldon.

Dearest Aunt Dorothy and family. My heart is broken for you all. Uncle Bud will be missed by so many. Loving prayers from the Family❤️.

So sorry to hear about your loss.

My dear Dorthy May. So very sorry for your loss of your dear husband and friend. God bless you and all your family.

Dorothy and Family; So sorry to hear of Elton's passing, my deepest sympathy to all of you. As a special part of my life Elton was a instructor when I was at the JVS as a student,then in 1979. Elton hired me for the Auto Body Instructor position. He gave me a lot of support throughout the years as my supervisor. I know he will be missed.

Dorothy and the Boyer family, my sincere sympathies for your loss of Elton. I never knew him until he came with other members of the 555th Honors Detachment, to help us plan our Orrville Vietnam Vets welcome home ceremony several years ago. It took very little time to realize he was a special person and I so enjoyed working with him. Because that was my first time meeting him, I did not realize just how involved he was for his entire life in Wayne County. He has touched so many lives and he will be greatly missed by many. As Mayor of Orrville, I can say that if we had a city full of Elton Boyer types, there would only be good things happening every day. Thank you for sharing him with us. Dave Handwerk

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I met Elton many years ago when he assisted with the Rotary Veterans Day ceremony as part of the 555th Honors Detachment. He was such a delight to get to know and work with to honor the Veterans. He will be missed.

My condolences and strength to you all.

I am so sorry to hear of Elton's passing. I was privileged to be a student of Elton Boyer. His mentoring helped change my life, and I will miss seeing his smiling face around Wooster.

Mission complete RIP Sir. Job well done.

Dorothy, on behalf of the staff at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery please accept our collective condolences and thoughts during this most difficult time. Elton was a great friend to me and this team over the years and he will be missed by all of us. He was able to do what he did over the years because of your great support and we very much appreciate and acknowledge that as well.

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