Asa Lee Boyd, 81, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, December 7, 1934, in Joplin, Missouri, the son of Clarence M. and Thelma A. (Myers) Boyd. He departed this life, Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at his home surrounded with love and family.
Lee was a 1952 Duenweg, Missouri, High School graduate where he lettered in both baseball & basketball. He later attended Central Technical School in Kansas City from 1957 to 1959.
He proudly served our country in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957, as a Fire Control Technician in charge of the main radar, aboard the USS Kidd DD 661. He took three tours of the South Pacific.
On October 11, 1953, he was united in marriage to Marian June Ladd in Joplin, Missouri. To this union one daughter, Linda LeAnn Boyd was born. Marian preceded him in death in November 1975. On August 12, 1977, he was united in marriage to Nola Jean (Nold) Lamb in Independence, Missouri. Through this union two children, Timothy Lamb and Stephanie Lamb came into his life.
Lee had been employed at the Pipkin, Boyd, and Neil Meat Packing Co. in Joplin just prior to joining the Navy. In December 1959, he went to work for the Univac Division of Sperry Rand Corporation where he worked on one of the first transistorized computers. In September 1966, he went to work for Kansas City Life Insurance, starting in maintenance of computers, moving into computer programming, later becoming Database Security Administrator. He retired in 1994.
The family moved several times throughout Lee's career living in Ilion, New York, Wichita, Kansas, and Alton, Illinois. In June 1979, Nola and Lee bought a 20 acre farm near Strasburg. They moved into Pleasant Hill in 1992.
While his children were young Lee served as Cub Master and coached little league baseball. He was a former member of the Strasburg Baptist Church where he served as Deacon for 28 years, church treasurer for 17 years, Sunday School Director, and Finance Director in charge of new building construction. He was currently a member of the Big Creek Baptist church and has participated in numerous mission trips. Lee also enjoyed motorcycle riding and has logged more than 145,000 miles riding through 46 of the 48 lower states & Canada.
Lee was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Donald E. Boyd.
He is survived by his wife Nola of Pleasant Hill; three children, LeAnn (and Mark) Miller, of Pleasant Hill, Timothy (and Victoria) Lamb, of Delray Beach, Florida, and Stephanie (and Danny) Ray of Pleasant Hill; 5 grandchildren, Mallory Miller, Cole Miller, Ali Ray, Brenden Lamb, and Griffin Lamb; one brother Monty E. (and Doreta) Boyd of Lawrence, Kansas; several nieces and nephews; and a host of many good friends.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Kansas City Hospice for their kind and compassionate care during Lee's illness.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 5,2016, at the funeral home. Lifelong friend Reverend Larry Thomas officiated. Graveside military services and interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Navy and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers were Jim Alexander, Eddie Brann, Larry Colvin, Gordon Johnson, Bill Kahl, and Bob Shore. Honorary casket bearers were Glen Adams, John Atkins, Bill Curnutt, Mal Fishback, Mark Massey, Jerry Maxwell, and Arlen Mitchell.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice or the Louisiana Veterans Museum Fund In Care of the U.S.S. Kidd DD 661 and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanley-dickeyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 6480 (816) 540-5550