Kenneth L. Boyea, 81, of East Middlebury
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Kenneth L. “Ken” Boyea, 81, beloved husband of Sylvia Cone Boyea, passed away peacefully in St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Mass., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, with his family by his side.
Ken was born in Vermont on Jan. 28, 1941. He was the son of Doris (Currier) Boyea and Ragel Boyea, Sr. He lived in East Middlebury and Weybridge for most of his adult life. In the fall of 2021, he moved to Dartmouth, Mass.
Following high school, Ken joined the military and served in Korea after the Korean Conflict. Upon his return, he met Sylvia, and they married on September 25, 1965, recently celebrating 57 years of marriage. The perfect couple, they were both warm, welcoming, generous, and kind. Their home was always full of love and laughter.
Ken worked in the lumber business with his father-in-law Earl Cone for several years. He then worked for IBM for 25 years until his retirement in 1997. After retirement, he worked part-time as a driver for Project Independence in Middlebury.
He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and relished the times he spent with family and friends at their camp in Warren. Everyone enjoyed it more when Ken was part of the group. He was easy to get along with. He seemed to like everyone, and everyone liked him.
Ken was a man devoted to his family. As a young man, he showed love and support for his younger brother. After marriage, his main focus was his wife and children, and then also his grandchildren, who he cherished.
Ken is survived by his wife Sylvia and their two sons, Kevin of Burlington, Vt., and Keith of Dartmouth, Mass. He is also survived by Keith’s wife Brenda and their two children, his much-loved grandchildren, Emma and Collin. He leaves his brother Charlie and his wife Sue of Colchester, Vt., a favorite aunt, Lois Bissonnette, a niece and several nephews, and a long-time special friend, Leo Plante. He was close to his wife’s family, and her brothers Doug and Mike and sister Earlene will miss him, as will their spouses Connie, Joanne, and Ed.
Funeral services will be held at Prospect Cemetery in East Middlebury on Tuesday Nov. 29, at 1 p.m., with a gathering to follow at the VFW in Middlebury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Project Independence located in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elderly Services, c/o Elderly Services, Inc., 112 Exchange Street, Middlebury, Vermont 05753, or online at www.elderlyservices.org.◊
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