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Lawrence Andrew Boyle

October 4, 1924 — December 1, 2022


Lawrence Andrew Boyle


Age 98, of Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at his son's house in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Born October 4, 1924 in Joliet, Illinois a son to Andrew and Hazel (Hartshorne) Boyle. Lawrence was raised and educated in Minooka and graduated from Minooka High School with the class of 1942. Lawrence joined the United States Army honorably serving during WWII with the Army 9th Division Artillery. On October 26, 1946 he married Emma Prohaska in Passau, Germany. Together they made their home in Morris, and cherished 59 years until her passing on December 5, 2005.

Lawrence attended Joliet Junior College and Illinois State University where he earned his Masters in Education. From 1952-1953 he taught and coached at Farmers City, before relocating back to Morris. In 1954 he began his career with CAT in Joliet, retiring as a Cost Analysis after more than 40 years. Lawrence was an active member of the Caterpillar Retirees Club and former parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was active in Boy Scouts having been Cub Master for many years. Lawrence enjoyed lapidary arts, fishing, collecting fossils and traveling both domestically and internationally. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include three children: Larry (GraceAnne) Boyle of rural Morris, John (Jan) Boyle of Bourbonnais and Christl McCoy of Morris. Eight grandchildren: Erica (Devin) Doran of Bloomington, Andrea Boyle and Larry Boyle both of rural Morris, Edward (Amber) Boyle of Morris, Carie (Noah) Bellamy of Belleville, MI, Amanda (Benjamin) Salgado of Frankfort, Illinois, and Christopher (Jennifer) Greenback of Palmdale, CA and Patrick (Melinda) Greenback of Arlington, WA; sixteen great-grandchildren: Jacob, Ashley, Brian, Adam, Bailey, Lilly, Elora, Makenna, Logan, Shane, Madeline, Cecilia, Abigail, Abraham, Tucker and Landon, and one sister Barbara (the late Calvin) Salars of Silver City, NM.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, wife Emma; two brothers: Arthur (Margaret) Boyle and David (Mary Anne) Boyle, and his son-in-law, Tony McCoy.

The family will receive friends at Reeves Funeral Home, 408 East Washington Street, (one block east of Illinois Route 47) in Morris on Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Burial with full military honors will follow in Aux Sable Cemetery in Minooka. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be: Larry Boyle, Edward Boyle, Christopher Greenback, Noah Bellamy, Benjamin Salgado, Jacob Fuss, Brian Fuss, Adam Fuss.

Preferred memorials in Lawrence's memory may be made as gifts to the Honor Flight of Chicago Program or to Lightways Hospice.

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Morris. (815-942-2500)

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