Richard Dexter "Dick" Boyd, 83, died Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Kearney Regional Medical Center, Kearney, Neb.
He was born Dec. 12, 1936 in Concordia to Frank W. "Bus" and Mary Folwell (Dexter) Boyd. He grew up in Mankato, where his family owned and published the Jewell County Record. He was a 1955 graduate of Mankato High School and was offered a full-ride scholarship to play football for Kansas State University. While at K-State, he was a two-year letterman in football and voted the most inspirational player by his football teammates. He graduated with a degree in technical journalism in 1959.
He married Mary Beth Brooks, on Aug. 15, 1959, in Concordia. He was a U.S. Army veteran as a 2nd Lieutenant and was stationed at numerous bases including Fayetteville, North Carolina; Baltimore, Maryland; and Columbus, Georgia. During that time, he realized his dream of coaching football. As head coach, he led the football team to a co-championship of the Fort Bragg League in 1961.
Following his discharge in 1962, they moved to Phillipsburg, where he worked for eight years at the Phillips County Review, the newspaper published by his uncle, McDill "Huck" Boyd. During his time employed at the Review, he served as advertising manager, reporter and photographer. In 1970, they purchased the Norton Daily Telegram and Wilson-Carter Printers, Inc., making their home in Norton. Together, they were owners and publishers of the Telegram until they sold the newspaper in 2002. He continued as sportswriter, proofreader and performed other duties for another 18 years at the Norton Telegram.
He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Army ROTC, Norton First United Methodist Church and the Harmonson-Redd American Legion Post No. 63. He was president of the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce in 1974 and served on the Valley Hope Association board of directors from 1970 to 1976. He was chosen to be the annual chapter farmer for the Norton Future Farmers of America. He was a member of the Norton Lion's Club for over 50 years and was also a past member of the Norton Rotary Club.
He was honored as the Tommy Davidson Blue Jay Booster of the year in 2001 and was the recipient of the Kansas State High School Activities Association Oscar Stauffer Award for Sports Writing in 2006. The Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association selected him as Media Person of the Year in 1992, 2000 and 2009.
In 2006, he was president of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas after having served on the board of officers. He served his alma mater in another capacity after he was elected to the Kansas State Alumni Association board of directors. His interest in physical fitness led to him participating in the annual Biking Across Kansas event for 12 straight summers. The enthusiasm he demonstrated for this "summer camp on wheels" as he called it, was noticed, as in 1990 he was the BAK Spirit Award winner, being selected from among the hundreds of bicyclists who made the border-to-border trek. For many years, he was a member of the selection committee for the Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game. The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame was very important to him as he not only voted to select those who would be inducted, but he aggressively urged the Kansas Legislature to pass legislation to fund the continuation of its existence.
During his time with the Telegram, a number of organizations presented him with awards of appreciation for his support of their efforts. Among those would be the Norton County Conservation District, Norton County 4-H clubs, the Norton Fire Department, U.S. Jaycees, the Norton Future Farmers of America, USD 211, the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Boot Hill All-Star Basketball Classic, and the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum Association.
Near the end of his life, he along with his wife were touched and honored to be the 2020 recipients of the Huck Boyd Award for Community Journalism.
Survivors include his wife, of their home in Norton; as son, Lawrence Alexander "Larry" Boyd, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Rebecca Anne "Becky" Allen, London, England; his granddaughter, Emily Iris Allen, London; a sister, Elizabeth Boyd James, Bethesda, Md.; a brother-in-law, Jim Logback, Hill City; a sister-in-law, Diane Boyd, Hill City; two nephews and six nieces; and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Lawrence and Anita Brooks; a sister, Frances (Boyd) Logback; and a brother, Robert A. "Bob" Boyd.
Private family services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Norton; burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Enfield Funeral Home, Norton.
A celebration of life will be at 7 p.m. (kickoff) July 10, at Travis Field, Norton.
The family welcomes anyone wishing to take part in the tribute service, by sharing their thoughts or reflections, to send an email to: email@example.com so that all who would like to be included in the celebration can do so.
Memorials are suggested to Dick Boyd Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.enfieldfh.com