Boyd Lanning Hook, 92, of Topeka, Kan., and formerly of Englewood, Fla., passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
He was born Sept. 21, 1921, in Sabetha, Kan., the son of Irwin A. and Ione L. Hook.
Boyd served in the United States Army as a Link trainer for pilot instruction. Following military service, he attended the University of Kansas, and completed study at the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin. He married Beth Lorraine Groves on Oct. 16, 1948, in Lake City, Iowa. A 50-year career in the banking industry was spent in communities in Iowa and Florida. Boyd held numerous positions of civic leadership in cities of both states. Following retirement from banking, he became involved in commercial real estate. He was a member of Rotary International, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. A devoted member of Methodist churches all his life, Boyd enjoyed his most recent membership over many years with Englewood United Methodist Church.
He was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman, and a meticulous gardener. Boyd’s family remembers him as a consummate gentleman of sterling character, and cherished him as a dear, loving father and grandfather.
Survivors include his daughters, Shelle (Michael) McCoy of Topeka, and Lori (James) Austin of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Tully (Nicole) McCoy, Anne (nee McCoy) (Brian) Wilson, Sara (nee Austin) (Chris) Rulewicz and Charles Austin; a step-grandson, Jamie Austin and family; and four great-grandchildren. Boyd was preceded in death by his wife, Beth, on June 22, 2012; his parents; four brothers; and one sister.
The family is most grateful for the compassionate support given by Hospice House of Midland Hospice care staff and volunteers during the past weeks.
A private memorial will occur at a later time.