It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Rodney Boyer, who left this life on October 5, 2023, after more than a year of battling esophageal cancer. He died in the house he built with his own hands, surrounded by the people he loved the most, and who loved him.
Rodney was born on September 16, 1959, and was a lifetime resident of Platte City, Missouri. He was married and faithfully devoted to the love of his life, and wife of 44 years, Karri (Humes) Boyer. Rodney and Karri have two kids, Ryan (wife: Becky Modin) Boyer of Eureka, MO, and Staci (husband: Danny) Crockett of Kansas City, MO. He has six grandkids: Luke, Lily and Oliva Boyer and Kim, James and Mason Crockett. More than anything else, Rodney loved his family. He could always be found wherever they were supporting them, cheering them on and helping them at whatever they did.
Rodney joined Carpenters Local 61 when he was 18 years old, and he retired in December 2009 after 32 years. After a short (and pointless) attempt at retirement, he got a CDL and worked with some of his best friends, Kevin and Matt Humes (brother-in-law / nephew), delivering scaffolding and visiting with friends. Matt said, “Rodney does the work of about three people, and wouldn’t have it any other way. He is pretty much everyone at our work’s favorite person.” Kevin said, “To me, Rodney is my brother.” Nobody worked harder than Rodney.
In 2012, Rodney and Karri got their first of many Harleys. They enjoyed ten years of riding locally with friends and traveling the country together. In all, they rode to 27 states and Canada. Rodney’s favorite place to ride was from Ouray to Durango in Colorado.
Rodney loved his pets. In the late 90s the ugliest dog you’ve ever seen showed up in the back yard in terrible shape. Rodney absolutely loved that dog, and Buster returned that love. This is a clear picture of Rodney: he accepted and loved everyone just as they are. He was kind (unless you slowed him down at work) and would do anything for anyone. Even at the end, he never got mad and did not want to inconvenience others who cared for him. He was the calming factor and his motto was, “Everything’s gonna work out.” This world was a better place with him in it. Rodney will be greatly missed by all.
Rodney did not want any formal services, and his family will honor that wish. Rodney’s family thanks you all for your love and support over the last year.