John W. “Jay” Boyd, 82, of Westville, passed away on (April 30, 2019), at his home.

He was born on March 9, 1937, in Danville, the son of John and Inez (Larew) Boyd. He was united in marriage to Nancy Patten on Sept. 20, 1958; they celebrated their 60th anniversary in September of 2018, she survives.

He will be dearly missed by his son, Daniel (Irma Williams) Boyd; grandchild, Daniel (Bree Fortner) Boyd, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jaydan Boyd, Mia Boyd and Daniel Plaster.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linda Boyd; brothers, Jim and Donnie Boyd.

He was proud to serve his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Community Church of God. Jay volunteered his time at the Habitat for Humanity and passing out Bibles for Gideons. He worked most of his life at Hysters as the executive of the parts department.

A celebration of Jay’s life took place May 6, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61834.

He was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park.

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