Robert "Red" Boyer

Robert "Red" Boyer

11/15/1958 — 11/20/2020

Robert Boyer, 91, of Lewiston, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.

Robert was born in a farmhouse a few miles southwest of Nezperce, Nov. 15, 1928, the eldest of three children born to Phillip Boyer and Wilma (Hill) Boyer. He was soon joined by brother Bill and later by sister Judy. His Irish ancestry showed through with his fiery red hair and freckles, which earned him the lifelong moniker of “Red.” He attended elementary school at Sunset schoolhouse, at first traveling to and from school on horseback with his father, then when old enough, riding solo. He graduated from Nezperce High School in 1946, where he excelled in all sports. He attended the University of Idaho, where he continued to pursue his athletic endeavors, playing on the local AAU basketball team, as well as mastering the world of Ping-Pong.

As a lifelong farmer, he added farm leases in the local area, eventually expanding to Walla Walla, Wash., and Pendleton, Ore., where he spent many years custom harvesting. During the winter months at home, he spent much of his time on the prairie as an avid snowmobiler. When the weather forced him indoors, he was always ready for a game of cards, be it gin, poker, pinochle or bridge. As the farm grew, so did the family. Together, Robert and Janette raised their eight children on the family farm south of Nezperce on the Johnson land until Janette passed away in 1983.

In the valley, Robert found a renewed interest in bridge and joined the American Contract Bridge League. He became the director of the Valley Duplicate Bridge Club, which he ran for many years. Robert and Sandra took several cruises and later became snowbirds to the Palm Desert and Indio, Calif., area. They enjoyed the camaraderie and friendships they found among the residents in the Coachella Valley. In true form, Red enjoyed good times around the bridge table there.

Red will be remembered for his love of family, sense of humor, his chuckles and fierce spirit of competition.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Wilma; first wife Janette; brother William Boyer; sons Keith Boyer and Randy Boyer; son-in-law Ron Kuther; and daughter-in-law Nancy Calvin Boyer.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra; sister Judy Kale; sons Steve (Kim) Boyer, Larry Boyer and Stan (Janet) Boyer; daughters Peggy (Nick) Egland, Phyllis Kuther and Donna (Sherman) Hann; daughter-in-law Patty Mackin Barnett; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; stepchildren Steven (Liz) Whipple, Kellee Whipple, Jeff (Carlotta) Whipple, Robin (Tali) Albers and Brooke (David) Klaveano.

Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Tuesday, November 17, 11:00 AM
Nezperce City Cemetery
Lawyer Canyon Road
Nezperce, Idaho 83543

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