Donald L. Boyington, 84, of Dakota City, passed away April 22, 2016 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice House in Fort Dodge. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt. Burial will be in Indian Mound Cemetery with full military rites by the Adams American Legion Post 119 and Sathers-Odgaard VFW Post 5240. Visitation with the family will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Don is survived by his children, Doug (Barbara) Boyington of Humboldt, Linda (Michael) Studer of Livermore, and Kim (Jeff) McKibban of Humboldt; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Donald Lee Boyington, the son of Leland Jay and Eva (Johnson) Boyington, was born October 17, 1931 at Clarion, Iowa. At the age of ten, following the death of his father, Don moved with his mother to Humboldt. To help support the family, Don went to work in the Coke Plant in Humboldt at the age of 13. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1952 during the Korean War. He was stationed in Korea where he served as the gunner on a half-track and attained the rank of Corporal. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home. He married LaVon Schnieder on March 5, 1960 and the couple made their home in Dakota City where they had their three children.
Don worked as a forklift operator for Concrete Products for many years until his retirement at the age of 62. He loved to watch television, often having several on at the same time. He enjoyed attending auctions, photography, bicycling, and coffee with Bob Taylor at Hardee’s and Ampride. He especially loved spending time with his children, often taking them horseback riding, roller skating, and to drive-in movies.