Joseph G. Boyd “beloved husband, father, and grandfather”
COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Joseph G. Boyd, 82, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 14, 2023, surrounded by his loving family, after suffering from the effects of Alzheimer's.
Born November 9, 1940 in Coudersport, he was the eldest son of Joseph H. and June (Hackett) Boyd. On June 1, 1968 he married Kathryn (Dynda) and they renewed their vows on February 14, 2010.
Joe was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1959. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1959-1963 as a Navy Seaman aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1964, he went to work as an inspector for PennDOT in the Clearfield District for nine years, then transferred to the PennDOT office in Coudersport as the County Coordinator until his retirement in 1998.
Joe was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, and the American Legion Potter Post 192 where he held the office of Chaplain for many years in the Potter County Honor Guard. He was also a member of the Susquehanna Trail Club and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. He became one of the first volunteers for Pennsylvania's Adopt A Highway program in 1990, keeping his two-mile stretch of Route 6 clean in his lifelong home of Sweden Valley.
Joe was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing the fruits of his harvest with everyone, and spent five winters in Florida growing a small garden there. He loved to read, putter around outside, and spend time teaching his grandchildren to hunt, fish, and build almost anything. He would drop what he was doing, day or night, to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. There is nothing he wouldn't do for his family, friends, and even strangers. He did everything out of the goodness of his heart and never expected anything in return.
Joe was also an artist in his own right. Over the years, he created many beautiful works of art using charcoal, pastels and oil paints on canvas, saw blades, rocks and even shelf mushrooms he'd find on trees. He gave away the majority of his creations for others to enjoy.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy; son, Glenn (Christine) Boyd of Coudersport; daughter, Tonya (Todd) Hall of Painted Post, NY; grandsons, Brandon (Shannon) Burrell of Roulette, Gabriel Draper of Painted Post, Tyler and Chase Boyd, both of Coudersport; brother, Greg (Anne) Boyd; sisters. Kathy (Greg) Furman and Virginia (Charles) Hoock; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Dan, Bob, and Thom.
At Joe's request, there will be no visitation or services.
Memorials may be made to the Potter County Military Honor Guard, ℅ American Legion Post 192, 2 Buffalo St, Coudersport PA 16915; Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 1450 E Second St, Coudersport; or to the charity of donor's choice.
Joe entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Joe, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.
To my Dearest Love,
It was a heartbreaking end to this cruel disease, but I know your suffering is now over. You are well again, happy, and free from pain, thanks to the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So go out and enjoy taking wonderful care of God's garden now. At the end of the day, take the time to create a beautiful work of art for the Lord with the amazing gifts he gave you.
A piece of my heart will be missing until we are reunited again in heaven. Always loving you, Kathy (Baby Doll)