Gerald L. Boston, 98, of Carlinville, passed away Friday evening, September, 15, 2023, at Lakeside Health Care in Carlinville. Gerald was born on July 3, 1925, in Atwater, IL, a son of Marion and Gladys (Jones) Boston.
Gerald graduated from Carlinville High School with the class of 1942. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and shipped out for the European Theater of Operations (WWII). He saw active duty in the Argonne Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Expert Rifle Badge, and Congressional Medal of Honor for his service.
Upon his discharge, he returned to farming, an occupation he lived and loved for 50 years. On August 6, 1949, he married the love of his life and best friend, Norma McIntyre. They were married for 73 years and were rarely out of each other’s sight until her death on August 20, 2022. The Rural Methodist Church played an active role in Gerry’s life. He served as its treasurer for 25 years, and, along with Norma, sponsored the Methodist Youth Fellowship for several years.
He was a member of the Macoupin County Farm Bureau, served on the Service Company Board and led a 4-H club for 19 years. His hobbies were reading, working word puzzles and playing cards, especially with his grandchildren. He was a skilled carpenter and electrician and enjoyed sharing the farming experience with his sons.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma (McIntyre) Boston; brother, Louis Boston; and sister, Francis Haley.
Gerald is survived by his sons, Michael R. (Kathy O’Brien) Boston of Bloomington and Lynn E. (Pat Cooper) Boston of Carlinville; daughter, Ann Boston-Reamey of Ft. Meyers, FL; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, John (Maxine) Boston; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Carlinville United Methodist Church in Carlinville. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30am on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Rural United Methodist Church, 19789 South Standard City Road, in rural Carlinville.
Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery, Carlinville. Memorials may be made to Rural United Methodist Church or Rural Cemetery. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, is in charge of arrangements.