Boyd Leymaster - November 21, 2013

Boyd Leymaster, age 83, of Hastings, formerly of Phillips/Aurora, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Village in Hastings.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Rev. Michael Patzloff will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Aurora United Methodist Church. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Boyd Leymaster, the son of Roy and Hattie (McCarty) Leymaster, was born on a farm near Phillips on May 24, 1930.
He graduated from Phillips High School in 1949.
On Oct. 22, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Juett at Grand Island. They resided in Grand Island and then on a farm near Phillips. After retiring from farming, they moved to Aurora, where Boyd worked for Aurora Public Schools for 10 years. Mary Lou died Sept. 23, 2004.
Boyd was a member of the Aurora United Methodist Church and helped with the children’s ministry making toys for them. He was a member of the local ham radio club. Boyd enjoyed woodworking. He built spinning wheels that he and Mary Lou used to give demonstrations to elementary school children and at the Stuhr Museum. Boyd also enjoyed music, playing the guitar and pitching horse shoes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson, Tracy Cunningham; and two brothers, Dean and Dale Leymaster.
Those left to cherish his memory are three children, Wanda (Victor) Kennel of Gilmer, Texas, Gregory Leymaster of Ellijay, Georgia and Lois (Charles) Hafer of Hastings; 8 grandchildren, Julie Clark of Stromsburg, Phillip Leymaster, Jeremy Leymaster of Florida, Susan Hafer of Omaha, Jason (Amy) Hafer of Hastings, Lance (Dee) Kennel, Dawn (Aaron) Miller and Pierre Kennel; 11 great-grandchildren, Macy, Hailey, Nicholas, Hannah, Alex, Ben, Katherine, Joshua, Anna, Kristen and Aaron; a great-great granddaughter, Ryleigh. He is also survived by a sister, Betty Smith of California.

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