William James Boylan Sr. died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.
He was born on March 26, 1925 in Kane, the son of the late Clarence and Kathryn (Renehan) Boylan.
He attended school at Saint Callistus and Kane high schools. He graduated from Kane High School in 1943. He was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps (today’s Air Force) during World War II, where he served as a co-pilot.
After surviving a near-fatal car accident in 1950, Bill met and married the love of his life, Marjorie Muroski. They resided in Johnsonburg, where he worked as a clerk for the Pennsylvania, Penn Central and Conrail Railroads until his retirement in 1985. He was an active member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where he served as an usher. He was also active for many years in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, serving in a variety of capacities. He was a Boy Scout Master. Being a member of the Civil Air Patrol, he enjoyed airplanes and received his private pilot license, which he enjoyed sharing with his children on weekend excursions.
In addition to his wife Marjorie, he is survived by three sons, John and his wife Kitty of Virginia Beach, Va., Bill Jr. and his wife Denise of Johnsonburg, and Tom of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Mary Jean Stewart and her husband Doug Steudler of Frederick, Md., and Amy Spangler and her husband John of Richmond, Va.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who will all miss him very much; and a sister, Jane Boylan of Florida.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John (Jack) Boylan and Robert Boylan; and a sister, Joanne Johnson.
A Mass of Christian Burial for William James Boylan Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Johnsonburg, with the Rev. Father David Wilson officiating.
Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonburg/Wilcox Servicemen's Detail. Service members are asked to assemble at the Ubel Funeral Home at 9 a.m. on Friday.
Interment will be in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Johnsonburg.
Visitation will be at the Ubel Funeral Home in Johnsonburg on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., and Friday from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
The family suggests memorials to the Johnsonburg Public Library or the Johnsonburg Senior Center.