James H. "Pickle" Boyer, 57, of Fleetwood, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Penn State Health, St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Township.
Born June 15, 1959 in Allentown, PA, he was the son of Neil D. Boyer, Fleetwood and the late Anna M. (Spohn) Boyer. He and his wife of 31 years, Karen K. (Kemmerer) Boyer, were married on June 29, 1985 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Temple, PA.
Jim, Jimmy or Pickle, as many knew him, was a purchasing agent for East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc., Lyons, where he had worked since November 1981. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fleetwood, where he had served on church council, the call committee and was an usher. Pickle also was the founder of the Overtime program allowing for a safe place for Fleetwood students to hang out after football and basketball games.
Pickle was active in the community in many ways. He was a member of the Horace M. Kieffer American Legion Post #625, Fleetwood and was treasurer of the Sons of the American Legion. He was a member of the Orioles Nest #23, Fleetwood, Fleetwood Fire Company, Lyons Fire Company, a founding member and treasurer of the Fleetwood Tiger Optimist Club, a board member of the Fleetwood Athletic Booster Club and coached youth basketball, baseball and soccer in Fleetwood. Jim played softball for The City League for several teams, Krick's Korner, Spring Inn, Porky's, Reading Fair, Zig Zag, Pike Café, Care's Trucking, BRL, West Lawn Owls and Ganly's.
Jim was a 1977 graduate of Fleetwood Area High School where he played tennis, basketball and soccer. He graduated in 1981 from Kutztown University with a bachelor's degree in business management. While at KU, Jim played on the soccer team.
Pickle was president of the Wednesday night "Solve the World's Problems" club at the American Legion. He was a wonderful husband and father and an incredible friend. He loved to watch his son, Christian, play sports at Fleetwood High School and Millersville University and also loved the family trips to Bethany Beach, Delaware.
In addition to his wife, Karen, his son, Christian, and his father, Neil, Jim is survived by his brothers, Rick N. Boyer, husband of Nancy C. (Berger) Boyer, Muhlenberg Twp, and Michael J. Boyer, husband of Brenda R. (Ruth) Boyer, Fleetwood and by his sister, Ann L. (Boyer) Angstadt, wife of David P. Angstadt, Fleetwood. Jim is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ken & Kristel Kemmerer, Fleetwood, his nieces and nephews, Vanessa, Bradley, Melissa, Jessica, Kristin, Jourdan, Evan, Kate and Karl and his great nephews, Wesley, Beckett, Rhett and his great niece, Brynn.
Funeral Services for Jim will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 12:00 noon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 117 E. Arch St., Fleetwood, with Rev. Thomas P. Lang, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul's Union Cemetery, Fleetwood. A visitation will be held on Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the church.
Contributions may be made in Jim's memory to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 117 E. Arch St., Fleetwood, PA 19522.
Walbert Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, Fleetwood, is honored to be caring for our dear friend, Jim and for Karen and Christian and their family. Online condolences may be offered at WalbertFuneralHome.com.