Merrell Watkins “Curley” Boyd, Lake Stevens, 2007
A memorial service was held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 3, for Merrell Watkins “Curly” Boyd, long-time resident of Lake Stevens. Curley passed away November 27, 2011, at the age of 92. Because Boyd was a military veteran, a special flag-lowering service is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. at the War Memorial in downtown Lake Stevens.
He and his wife Alice Thompson raised their family on land homesteaded by Alice’s parents near 123rd Avenue. Arriving in 1950 just weeks after their twin daughters Karen and Sharon were born, they lived on the 10-acre farm raising chickens, cows, pigs, turkeys, chinchillas, horses, sheep, fruit trees, and vegetable gardens.
A few years later two more daughters, Shelly and then Kristi, were born.
Boyd owned Everett Sound Body Shop and later he and his brother, Neil, owned Boyd Brother’s Auto Body in Snohomish until retiring in July, 1979.
Alice passed away in 1992.
Four years later Boyd married long-time friend and neighbor Alice Charlotte Bakeng Neys in Lake Stevens.
Boyd grew up on farms in Iowa with his parents and two brothers, graduating from high school at the age of 16. He enlisted into the U.S. Army serving in WWII. He spent a total of 42 months in the military, with 32 of those months overseas. He was a part of the North Africa, Mediterranean and the European Theaters of Operations from 1942-1945.
He spent 17 months overseas in Oran, Algeria, repairing tanks for General Patton. He was also in Corsica for two months training the French to waterproof their vehicles for the invasion of Elba. Curley also spent time in Marseille, Nancy, and Charmes, France, and also in Italy. He participated in the Battles of Rhineland, Rome Arno, and Tunisia.
Curley was a member of American Legion Post 181.