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Thomas Raymond Dudley Boyd, age 70, of Grand Rapids, MI passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 13, 2020.  He was born May 11, 1950, in Evansville, Indiana to the late Thomas Raymond Dudley and Lillian Deloris (Wilhite) Boyd.  Tom proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.  On June 29, 1991, Tom married Geraldine “Geri” Dahlke, in Grand Rapids.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and extended family.

Suvivors include his wife of 29 years, Geri; 2 sons, TJ (Jamie) Boyd and Ryan Lambert; 2 grandchildren, Zach and Kaylee Nugent; 2 brothers, Roland (Janet) Boyd and Bruce (Sharon) Boyd; sister, Angie (Bobby Dillon) Ellis; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends; and Lula Bell Dillon who was like a second mother to Tom.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jerri.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Graceland Memorial Park, 4341 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, with military honors being rendered by Kent County Honor Guard and the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Becky Edmonds on September 14, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Sending prayers for peace for all of you at this time. My Condolences to the family.

  2. Kerrie Russell on September 14, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Uncle Tom will truly be missed and was truly loved I miss him already but the suffering is over and he is with the people who love him also in heaven until we meet again

  3. Bill and Ruth Kuiper on September 14, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Tom was a great neighbor and friend, he was always ready and willing to help people, us, out when we needed it, Tom had a very compassionate heart, he will be missed, but we know that now he’s in a better place and is free from all his pain. Love you Tom ,, you’re neighbor’s and friends Bill and Ruth

  4. Cindy Ayala on September 15, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Geri, I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Cindy Ayala

  5. Rebecca Heaton on September 15, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    My condolences Gerri. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family . I didn’t know Tom, but I know you and you are such a sweet soul that only another one just like you could have been your partner . Much love Gerri.

  6. Debra Dahlke on September 15, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Sorry for your loss and sending prayers. Tom was a great guy maybe him and Bob can golf in heaven RIP Tom you will be truly missed

  7. Teresa Goins on September 15, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Sorry for your loss geri and family . to know Tom was to love Tom . he was a wonderful man and friend . im blessed to have known him . Rip peace my friend . Prayers for healing to all . thank u for your service Tom . ❤🇺🇸

  8. Cody Dahlke on September 15, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    What an awesome man will be forever missed. Had some good times and brought a smile to my face everytime I seen him. We love you uncle!!!

  9. Roland & Janet Boyd on September 15, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Sending our Condolences to Gerri,TJ & Ryan..
    We sure will miss Tom stopping through on his trips to Evansville.
    Several years ago on one of those stops he gave me a mini rosebush and told me Happy Mother’s Day which was a very nice surprise so Roland being the one who has the green thumb planted the little bush and it has really grown over the years and has beautiful Rose’s to remember him by every time we walk past it.
    R.I.P Tom and we all Love You..

  10. Cindi Alt on September 16, 2020 at 9:15 am

    This photo is perfect! It’s the way I will always think of him. He was one of the most caring, tender heart men I will ever know. I think my favorite memory of Tom is the time I sent my female dog over Tom’s male cocker spaniel. Tom felt so sorry for his boy.
    Geri, I am so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.

  11. Candy bentle on September 16, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Many prayers to your family this week. Adam is my son in law and I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

  12. Angela Ellis on September 17, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Rest in peace Big Brother! I will forever miss your wisdom your laughter and your smile! You will forever be in my heart!

  13. james hart on September 18, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    a man who was to the point,caring,sharing,always had a good thing to say,, and would search out the good in people.i will genuinly miss him,,R.I.P. my friend,,see you on the other side.god bless

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