In Memory of Skipper Boyd

born January 11, 1947 died April 9, 1988

senior picture

Obituary from The Garnett Review

Graveside services were held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 1988 for Charles "Skip" Boyd, 41 of Tumwater, WA. He was born January 11, 1947, in Garnett, the son of Russell and Norma Ashlock Boyd. He is survived by many relatives and friends in the Colony and Kincaid area.

Obituary from the Olympian paper

Charles Russell "Skip" Boyd-Ashlock, 41, an eight-month resident of Tumwater, died Saturday, April 9, in his home.
He was born Jan. 11, 1947, to Norma Jean Ashlock and Russell Boyd, in Kansas. He was graduated from Garnett High School, KS. in 1965. He served in the Navy and United States Naval Reserve, and was honorably discharged Nov. 30, 1976, after 12 years of service at the rank of YN2. He was employed by Bankers Life and Casualty and Farmers Insurance Group of Companies. He enjoyed taxidermy, natural history, native American history and archeology. He was a member of the Health Underwriters Association and St. Edwards Catholic Church.
Surviving are his mother, Norma Jean Ballard; his father, Russell Boyd; grandfather, Charles Ashlock; two daughters, Jessica Rene Boyd and Buffy Boyd; one son, Russell Boyd; two sisters, Lucille Ballard and Carla Ballard; and two brothers, Tom Ballard and Terry Ballard.
The funeral service for Mr. Boyd-Ashlock will take place in Kansas.
(I corrected typos - they had his graduation year as 1964 and his children's last names as Boyd-Ashlock even though he was adopted by Charley after his children were born and they never used that name.)

High School Activities
Freshman: Hi-Y, FFA, Glee Club
Sophomore: Hi-Y, FFA, Glee Club
Junior: Hi-Y
Senior: Hi-Y

After getting out of the Navy in 1972 Skip lived for a short time in Colony, KS where he operated a taxidermy shop. Most of the rest of his life he spent in various western states.
Since I did not have much contact with Skip after high school I did not know a lot about what he did. I knew he married Diana because I was at their wedding - he left for the Navy shortly after that. I knew he had two children, divorced and remarried. The daughter, Jessica Rene, mentioned in his obituary is from his second marriage.
A few years ago I was fortunate to get in contact with Skip's first wife, Diana and his daughter, Buffy. They sent me information and photos.

Skip Boyd and Diana Higbie were married September 3, 1965 in Garnett. They had two children. Charles Russell Boyd, Jr. "Russ" was born August 6, 1966 in Rhode Island. Buffy Lynn Boyd was born June 11, 1970 in Ottawa, KS.
Skip and Diana divorced around 1970. She is remarried and lives in Topeka.

Russ graduated from Salina High School in 1984 and then went to Emporia state where he received his Masters degree. He counsels physically and mentally abused teens. He was married July 3, 1992. His wife, Kathy is a social worker. Russ and Kathy have two children, Dylan Russell born in 1996 and Emma Grace born in 2000.

Buffy attended K-State for a year and then Washburn University for a while. She now lives in Corpus Christi, Texas where she is Revenue Manager for the Holiday Inn. She has two children, Lyrik Ylana born in 2001 and Trae born in 2003.

Skip's Children and Grandchildren

Russ - Senior

Russ and Buffy
Russ - eight and Buffy - four

Buffy - Freshman

Lyrik - two months

Lyrik - age two

Dylan - age one