Randall R. Boyer

Service Scheduled for: Monday, Jan. 11 11:00 AM
Died: Dec. 31, 2020
Obituary for Randall Ray Boyer (16 July 1931 to 31 December 2020)

Mr. Randall Ray Boyer passed away in his sleep on December 31st at Parkhouse Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Royersford, PA, from complications of COVID-19. Thanks to the kindness of his hospice care nurse, his family was with him by telephone. Born in West Pottsgrove, PA, on July 16, 1931 to Chester H. Boyer and Evelyn C. (Miller) Boyer, Mr. Randall Boyer was a loving husband, brother, and uncle, and a treasured friend, teacher, and principal.

Mr. Boyer grew up at 111 Berks Street in Stowe, PA. From the time he was 13 and for many years after, he worked part-time at near-by Levengood’s Florist. In 1949, he graduated salutatorian from West Pottsgrove High School. After entering Millersville State College in the same year, he majored in Elementary Education; and, after his 1953 graduation, he taught Grade 6 at Rupert School, Pottstown. From 1954-56, he served in the U.S. Army as an instructor at the Counter-Intelligence School, Fort Holabird, Baltimore, MD. Returning to Pottstown, he taught Grades 5 and 6 at Lincoln School until 1959. During that time, Mr. Boyer earned a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Principal’s Certificate, from Temple University. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania from 1959-62; he worked as a research assistant in the Department of Education, completing several joint publications. From 1961 until his retirement in 1987, Mr. Boyer served in several school positions: as Assistant to the Superintendent, Tredyffrin-Easttown and Paoli Area Schools (1961-64); as Principal of New Eagle Elementary School, Tredyffrin-Easttown (1964-70); as a teacher of Grade 6, Rowland Elementary School (1970-71); and as teacher of math, English, and more in Radnor Middle School from 1970 on. Always interested in learning, he continued to take courses in Elementary Education and Administration.

Wherever he lived, Mr. Boyer made welcome his friends and family. In their beloved Bear Creek Lake community of Jim Thorpe, PA, Randall and Edith hosted a continuous stream of guests. They planned many recreational events throughout the summer and fall: 5K races, parades, potluck and spaghetti dinners, and steak fry cookouts. Randall organized the Saturday bicycle rides, the annual Fall hike, and the sailboat races. He especially loved teaching children how to sail and how to take care of themselves on the water. He did taxes for many of his friends, keeping his math skills sharp. He always had a puzzle going, but he loved playing board games—especially Aggravation—with friends and family gathered around. He brought this same loving care to his winter community of Tala Lake in Port Charlotte, Florida. And, when he entered Chestnut Knoll in Boyertown, he kept on gathering people to play puzzles and games.

Mr. Boyer was predeceased by his parents and by his wife of nearly 50 years, Edith Marie (Yocom); his brothers, Stanley, Richard, and Merrill; his sister, Velva (Boyer) Hunsberger; his brothers-in-law David I. Yocom and Norman D. Yocom; and his sister-in-law Marie (Fisher) Yocom. He is survived by his sister-in-law Gladys (Yocom) Metka and husband, William; his sister-in-law Betty (Keck) Yocom; his nieces and nephews Becky (Boyer) Poremba and husband Thomas, Brian Boyer and wife Deborah, Annette (Boyer) Hine and husband Carroll, Lamar Boyer and partner Betsy Bourdeau, Susan (Yocom) Bernard and husband George, Kathryn M. Yocom, Robin (Fisher) Dech, Carol Fisher, Scott Fisher and wife Cheryl, Margaret R. Yocom and husband John Slack, Douglas N. Yocom and wife Nancy (Mortensen), Janet (Yocom)Byerly and husband Timothy, Diane (Yocom) Supplee and husband David, Bill Metka and wife Ruth (Wedde), and Ruth (Metka) McVey; his 20 great-nieces and nephews; and his 25 great-great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 11th , at 11:00 A.M. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 150 N. Hanover St., Pottstown, the Rev. Christian McMullan officiating. The service will also be streamed over the Facebook page of Emmanuel Lutheran Church: https://www.facebook.com/emmanuel.pottstown Although there will be no viewing, relatives and friends are invited to visit the family in the sanctuary, beginning at 10:30 A.M. For the care of all, Emmanuel requires its worshippers to wear masks, keep social distance, and use only the church entrance at the parking lot. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516. Burial with military honors will be immediately afterward at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pottstown.

Arrangements are by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory, at 359 King St. in Pottstown, PA.

The services will start at Emmanuel Lutheran Church

This obituary was published in the following newspapers:

The Mercury