Larry Boyd Obituary

Larry O. Boyd
Larry O. Boyd

March 1, 1934 - September 12, 2019
Born in Sheridan
Resided in Maryville, Missouri


Larry O. Boyd was born March 1, 1934, the son of Loicen and Marie (King) Boyd in Sheridan, Missouri. He attended school in Sheridan, and was involved in 4-H with his livestock. The family showed livestock at the American Royal on many occasions. He graduated from Horace Mann High School. When Larry was in school he met and fell in love with Rita Heitman. The couple were united in marriage on September 16, 1955. They moved to Phoenix, Arizona where Larry attended Arizona State University in Tempe, graduating in 1957, with his Bachelor's Degree. While in Arizona he served honorably in the United States Coast Guard Reserves. After moving back to Sheridan, they raised registered Polled Hereford cattle, as well as row crops. The couple were blessed with the birth of three daughters, LaRi, LouAnn and LaRue. In 1973, the family moved to Bedford, Iowa where Larry became the Secretary/Manager at Farmer's Mutual Insurance of Taylor County. He later started his own independent agency, Boyd Insurance, now known as Ewart Insurance. This business has been family owned for over 45 years. During the girls high school years, Larry and Rita enjoyed hosting a foreign exchange student, Jeanette Dodson of New Zealand. The family continues to keep in contact with Jeanette.

Larry always got involved in what he believed in, and that included politics, he was Proud to be a Democrat! He served in several capacities, including President at the Worth County Farm Bureau; Civil Defense Director for Worth County, Missouri; Sheridan, Missouri Lions Club, Bedford, Iowa Lions Club and the Bedford Industrial Corporation. He was a board member of the Albany, Missouri Production Credit Association for many years.

Larry enjoyed tinkering in his shop. He enjoyed garden tractor pulling and got his daughters involved in it also. He also loved to work on and pulling his John Deere 4020 tractor at all the local fairs.

He was proud to be a Master Mason at Taylor Lodge 156 in Bedford, and was a member of Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Des Moines, Iowa. While in Arizona he was a member of the El Zaribah Shrine in Phoenix, Arizona. Larry and Rita enjoyed wintering in Arizona where they participated in the Shrine Club Parades for many years.

Left to cherish Larry's memory are his three daughters, LaRi Liberty and husband Ralph of Kansas City, Missouri; LouAnn Ewart and husband Rick of Bedford, Iowa; and LaRue Allee and husband Chris of Maryville, Missouri; four grandchildren, Jackie Minor and husband Brent of New Market, Iowa; Heather Hayes and husband Dusty of Bedford, Iowa; Gary Ewart and wife Chelsea of Bennington, Nebraska; and Nick Allee of Maryville, Missouri; four great-grandchildren, Lucas and Makenna Minor and Kane and Kashlynn Hayes; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Larry in death are his parents Loicen and Marie Boyd; his sister, Norma and husband Larry Muffler; his loving wife Rita in December of 2018; and his beautiful granddaughter, Lindsey Allee in June of 2019.

Gathering of Friends for Larry Boyd, age 85, of Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Bedford, who passed away Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Maryville Living Center in Maryville, Missouri, will be held Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the Bedford Country Club from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, You are invited to join the family for light refreshments and fellowship. Memorials may be given in Larry’s name. Larry was a member of Missouri Cremation Services. Online guest book and obituary at

He was a farmer, a friend, a businessman and a neighbor.



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