Boyd, Larry O.  1934-2019

Maryville, Mo. - Larry O. Boyd was born March 1, 1934, the son of Loicen and Marie (King) Boyd, in Sheridan, Missouri.

He attended school in Sheridan, and was involved in 4-H with his livestock. The family showed livestock at the American Royal on many occasions.

He graduated from Horace Mann High School.

When Larry was in school, he met and fell in love with Rita Heitman. The couple were united in marriage on Sept. 16, 1955.

They moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where Larry attended Arizona State University, in Tempe, graduating in 1957, with his bachelor's degree.

While in Arizona, he served honorably in the United States Coast Guard Reserves.

After moving back to Sheridan, they raised registered Polled Hereford cattle, as well as row crops.

The couple were blessed with the birth of three daughters, LaRi, LouAnn and LaRue.

In 1973, the family moved to Bedford, Iowa, where Larry became the Secretary/Manager at Farmer's Mutual Insurance of Taylor County.

He later started his own independent agency, Boyd Insurance, now known as Ewart Insurance. This business has been family owned for over 45 years.

During the girls' high school years, Larry and Rita enjoyed hosting a foreign exchange student, Jeanette Dodson, of New Zealand. The family continues to keep in contact with Jeanette.

Larry always got involved in what he believed in, and that included politics, he was Proud to be a Democrat!

He served in several capacities, including: President at the Worth County Farm Bureau; Civil Defense Director for Worth County, Missouri; Sheridan, Missouri Lions Club, Bedford, Iowa, Lions Club and the Bedford Industrial Corporation. He was a board member of the Albany, Missouri Production Credit Association for many years.

Larry enjoyed tinkering in his shop. He enjoyed garden tractor pulling and got his daughters involved in it also. He also loved to work on and pulling his John Deere 4020 tractor at all the local fairs.

He was proud to be a Master Mason, at Taylor Lodge 156, in Bedford, and was a member of Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, in Des Moines, Iowa.

While in Arizona, he was a member of the El Zaribah Shrine, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Larry and Rita enjoyed wintering in Arizona where they participated in the Shrine Club Parades for many years.

Left to cherish Larry's memory are: his three daughters: LaRi Liberty and husband, Ralph, of Kansas City, Missouri, LouAnn Ewart and husband, Rick, of Bedford, and LaRue Allee and husband, Chris, of Maryville; four grandchildren: Jackie Minor and husband, Brent, of New Market, Iowa, Heather Hayes and husband, Dusty, of Bedford, Gary Ewart and wife, Chelsea, of Bennington, Nebraska, and Nick Allee, of Maryville; four great-grandchildren: Lucas and Makenna Minor, and Kane and Kashlynn Hayes; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Larry in death are: his parents, Loicen and Marie Boyd; his sister, Norma and husband, Larry Muffler; his loving wife, Rita, in Dec. of 2018; and his beautiful granddaughter, Lindsey Allee, in June of 2019.

Gathering of Friends for Larry Boyd, age 85, of Maryville, formerly of Bedford, who passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at the Maryville Living Center, in Maryville, will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at the Bedford Country Club, from 2 to 4 p.m.

You are invited to join the family for light refreshments and fellowship.

Memorials may be given in Larry's name.

Larry was a member of Missouri Cremation Services.

Online guest book and obituary at

He was a farmer, a friend, a businessman and a neighbor. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.