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Boyd McDonald Mead

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Sept. 21, 1923-Feb. 20, 2004

Boyd MacDonald Mead, 80, was born Sept. 21, 1923, at Champion, to Russell June and Anna Elizabeth Hall Mead and died Feb. 20, 2004, in Fort Collins, Colo., after a short illness.

Mr. Mead lived most of his adult life near Tulsa, Okla. From 1962, until his move to Colorado in 2002, he lived on an acreage east of Broken Arrow, Okla., where he bred and raised Appaloosas and Ponies of America. He also operated a bookstore and hardware business in downtown Broken Arrow for 16 years. Prior to that he was employed by Ryder Truck Rental Company.

Boyd attended grade school and two years of Alpha Rural High School at Champion then finished his high school, graduating from Chase County High School, Imperial, in 1941. He entered the United States Navy in September 1942, at Omaha, and trained at Great Lakes, Ill., Memphis, Hollywood, Fla., Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville Fla. He was an Aviation Radioman in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, with duty on Bougainville and Munda Islands and Australia and New Zealand. He received the Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Following discharge from the Navy, Boyd entered and graduated from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, where he was a member of Beta-Omega Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

He then entered business with Ryder Truck Rental Company, moving to Tulsa in 1951, where he met and married Beatrice Hudson.

Boyd's interests included breeding and raising horses; Western, Native American and Wildlife Art and Sculpture; and gardening and fishing. He especially enjoyed attending art shows, and his Appaloosas and P.O.A.s won many awards.

Boyd is survived by a brother, J. Russell and wife, Fern, Central City; three sisters, Phyllis Stinnette, McCook; Norma Mead, San Mateo, Calif.; and Carol Medsker and husband, Frank, of Ft. Collins, Colo.; five nieces and four nephews, and sister-in-law, Beulah Bertling, Coweta, Okla.. He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, his parents, and infant brother, Corwin Enfield Mead.

A memorial service was in Fort Collins at 11 a.m. today in the clubhouse at the Sunflower Adult Community where Boyd's home was. Goes Funeral Care is in charge of local arrangements.

Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Okla., following a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Moore's Eastlawn Chapel, 1908 South Memorial, Tulsa. Visitation Thursday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.