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James Boyd VanHouden

James Boyd VanHouden, 74 years, 7 months, and 23 days old, departed this life on Jan. 1, 2015, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo., with his family by his side.
Boyd was born May 9, 1940 in Ava, Mo., to Ruben and Alice (Kellogg) VanHouden.
On March 9, 1963, Boyd and Lena Duckworth were united in marriage in Ava, Mo., and to this union two children were born.
Boyd served his country in the U.S. Navy for four years. He retired from Sweetheart Cup Co. in 2002 after 36 years. Boyd loved all outdoor activities; farming, hunting, fishing, especially the fall deer hunting with his son, grandsons and friends. He also loved the changing of the seasons and the beauty of it all.
He attended church at Ava General Baptist Church. Boyd was a loving husband and devoted to his two children and four grandchildren.
Boyd was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Marvin and Leon; and a grandson, Jacob Boyd.
Boyd is survived by his wife, Lena VanHouden, Springfield, Mo.; his daughter, Kalynn and Gary McMurray, Spokane, Mo.; his son, Jason VanHouden, Springfield, Mo.;  four grandchildren, Shelby McMurray, Cody McMurray, currently serving in the U.S.Army overseas, Rachelle McMurray and Jaron VanHouden. He is also survived by a daugher-in-law, Amy VanHouden; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Boyd were Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at 3 p.m. p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo., with burial in the Ava Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the funeral home. Officiating was Pastor Oren Alcorn. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.