Ronnie L. Boyce, 74, of North Loup passed away peacefully with his family and best friend, Ernie Morrow by his side on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at the CHI Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at
the Ord First United Methodist Church. Reverend Toni Nolze will
officiate. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup.
Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial
Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Loup Valley Veteran’s
Memorial Wall, Humane Society or Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial
Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ronnie L. Boyce was born May 20, 1943, to Everett and Leila (Abel) Boyce at his
grandparents, Frank and Maude Abel farm home in Valley County,
Nebraska. He was raised on the family farm and received his education
at Pleasant Hill Country School, North Loup School and graduated from
North Loup-Scotia High School in 1961.
Following high school Ronnie went to work for Bill Valasek and then worked on
the tunnel of the Sherman Dam. He moved to Valentine and worked on
the Merritt Dam. While in Valentine he met Darles Turney in 1964. The
couple was united in marriage on June 26, 1964, at Pierre, South
Dakota. They moved to Glen Elder, Kansas and Ronnie began working in
construction for Bushmen Construction.
In 1967, the family returned to the North Loup area and Ronnie worked at the
Ordinance Plant in Grand Island. Ronnie farmed, milked cows, fed
cattle; raised corn, alfalfa and beans. He was passionate about
farming and loved working up to the day of his passing. He was always
working in the shop on tractors, welding or fixing anything that was
broke. Ronnie was always willing to help out others and would be
right there with his best friend, his dog, Rocky by his side.
Ronnie was a member of the Old Iron Club. His favorite times were family dinners
at Grandma Abel’s with the Denny and Chris Boyce family, the Brian
and Michelle Gydesen family, Grandpa and Grandma Boyce; and Ronnie
and Darles’ kids. He always looked forward to and enjoyed Popcorn
Ronnie’s kids will always remember that his bark was worse than his bite and
his heart was as big as his hands.
Survivors include his wife of 53 wonderful years, Darles of North Loup; two
daughters and a son-in-law, Wanda Barker and her significant other,
Mike Drake both of Sargent and Marcia and Mark Kuszak of Loup City;
two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Shey and Tony and Angie all
of North Loup; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nieces
and nephews, Matt Boyce, Mark Boyce and Michelle Gydesen and their
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Dale Gean; a
son-in-law, Keith Barker; granddaughter, Laci Lea Barker; and three
brothers, Gale, Dale and Denny Boyce.