Diane and family:
We our saddened by the passing of Wayne and share your sorrow. Wayne was a fine professional and a very thoughtful person. He will certainly be missed by many.
Don 'Skip' Meisner
Wayne E. Boyd, 79, of South Sioux City, NE, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at a local hospital.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Morningside Lutheran Church in Sioux City, IA. Burial at Memorial Park Cemetery. A prayer service will be Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm. at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City. Visitation with the family will begin at 5:00 pm.
Wayne was born August 6, 1939 in Lebanon, NE to Thomas and Rava (Winters) Boyd. Valedictorian of his graduating class at South Sioux City High School, he also served as class president. He attended Iowa State University on a full ride NROTC scholarship. He graduated from Morningside College and received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of South Dakota.
Wayne married his high school sweetheart Diane Davis, on June 1, 1963. A devoted husband and "Papa", he treasured time spent with his family.
He established his law practice in South Sioux City where his clientele quickly flourished. A firm believer in public service and giving back to his community, when he was asked in 1966 to serve as the City Attorney of South Sioux City, he enthusiastically accepted the role. He continued to so serve for 50 years as requested by each successive Mayor. He served Dakota City for 28 years and Hubbard for 26 years as their city attorneys, as well. He enjoyed helping his clients with their legal needs, but the satisfying relationships he built with them kept him practicing to his final days. He valued his interactions with everyone at the cities he served, in the courts where he practiced, in the legal community and he appreciated the deep friendships he developed over his lengthy career.
He was elected to the Nebraska Public Power board of directors and served for 31 years. He was board chairman for 10 years and chaired the NPPD nuclear committee. He was past president of Rotary and the South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce, a 50+ year member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner.
In 2008, the children's room in the South Sioux City Public Library was dedicated as the "Wayne E. Boyd Children's Area" in recognition of the Boyd family's long focus on assisting children to read. In 2018, Wayne received the South Sioux City Hall of Fame award in recognition of his 50 years of dedicated service to the City.
Wayne enjoyed traveling with Diane, a good round of golf and his cat, Missy. He was proud to be a lifelong Nebraskan and was a die-hard Husker football fan.
Left to honor his memory are his wife of 55 years, Diane; children, Scott Boyd, Laurie (Joe) Petty, Lynde (Dan) Tyrrell; grandchildren, Jessica, Alex, Brandon, Chloe and Kelly; his sister, Karen Moore; and his secretary of over 30 years, Connie Larsen, who became like a part of our family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Rava Boyd; step-father, George Black; and sister, Sharon Boyd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for designations to be made at a later time.
Very sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was a great asset to South Sioux City and a great friend to me. He will be missed. My condolences to the Boyd family.
Our hearts go out to your family during this difficult time. We are so grateful for the privilege of getting to know Mr. Boyd over the years. He was an amazing man who did so much for our community and will be missed dearly.
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers,
Lacey Davis & The Owens and Associates Family.
So saddened to hear about Wayne.our thoughts and prayers are with you all. As an attorney I enjoyed our legal conversations and I respected his opinions. He was a man of great character and led by example. Again, our condolences. Lee and Karen Goodwin.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, Wayne was the kind of man we wish god would of made more off
rest in peace
Diane and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will never forget how kind you and Wayne were to our family. Our prayers go out to you all.
Dear Boyd Family, so sorry for your loss. My your memories comfort you.
Lisa (Comstock) Mickey
My heart aches for you all. Mr. Boyd was an amazing man and a very important person to our family. My mother looked to him like a second dad and they made a great team for 37 years. He was a giving man and one with extreme integrity. I am very honored to have known him most of my life. His loss is deeply felt and will be for a long time.
Thoughts and Prayers,