James Theodore Boyde, 62, of Newcastle, WY died Monday, March 29, 2010 in the Sheridan V. A. Medical Center.
Mr. Boyde was born June 14, 1947 in Los Angeles, CA to Theodore and Audrey (Ross) Boyde. Jim graduated from high school in Baker, Oregon, where he spent his teenaged years with his maternal grandmother Clarke.
Shortly after high school Jim joined the U. S. Army. He served with distinction in Viet Nam and mustered out at Fort Story, VA in 1971.
After the Army Jim became a pilot and enjoyed flying small aircraft. During this period he also took classes at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA, Iowa State University in Ames, IA and Tarkio College in Missouri.
Jim’s passions were guns, ranch life, and the mountains. He was a custom gunsmith and could often be found at area gun shows.
As a youth, Jim rodeoed and continued this interest into his adult years. He worked as a ranch hand and cowboy in Montana and Wyoming for much of his adult life. He loved his cow-dog, Chica.
His last years Jim worked with the railroad, as had his father before him. He had an uncommon gift for words, both written and spoken. As a cowboy and patriot, Jim made no apologies for the trail he blazed in life, living it as his own man, on his own terms, and he left this world the same way. He will be missed.
Jim is survived by his son, William Clarke Boyde, along with his wife, Alicia and their children, Faith, Camden and Ethan, of Urbandale, IA.
Funeral service for Jim will be 2:00 P. M. Tuesday April 13th, 2010 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Miller officiating. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.