Robert Boyd, 86, of Bethalto, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, at home, with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Broadlands, Ill., on Feb. 25, 1929, the son of the late Frank A. and Mytle E. (Walker) Boyd.
On June 2, 1951, he married Betty L. Gillson in Alton.
Robert was the owner and operator of Boyd’s Sandwich Shop. He was member of 1st Christian Church of Alton, a member of the American Legion and VFW in Alton. Before being drafted in the Army, he played pro ball for the St. Louis Browns. In the Army, he was Master Sergeant in the Korean War. While in the Army, he spent time in Germany and then in Holland as a goodwill ambassador. He was a lifetime member of the Upper Alton Business Association, an avid sportsman playing softball, golf and bowling. He accomplished a 300 game, an all spare game and a hole in one.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; three children, Jeffery Boyd of Alton, Kelly and Monica Boyd of Alton, and Julie and James Kunze of Dunedin, Fla.; four grandchildren, Ezra and Jamie Boyd, Kevin Boyd, Katie Ayres, and Jimmy Ayres; three stepgrandchildren, Stephanie, Benjamin and Zachary Copley; three step great-grandchildren, Jasmin, Evan and Makenna; one stepgreat-great-grandchild, Emmett; and will be missed greatly by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and their spouses, Charles and Phyllis Boyd and Paul and Mary Boyd; and two sisters and their spouses, Betty and Carl Ringo and Hazel and Paul Gordon.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton.
A private funeral service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to Family Council of Alton Nursing and Rehab Center at 3523 Wickenhauser Ave., Alton.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.