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Boyer, Floyd Walter “Cotton”

Boyer, Floyd Walter “Cotton”

March 24, 1930 — August 10, 2020

Floyd Walter “Cotton” Boyer, 90, passed away August 10, 2020 at Armour Oaks Living Center in Kansas City. He was born March 24, 1930, in Parma, MO, the son of Otto Cecil and Stella (Carlyle) Boyer. Floyd served in US Army from 1949 until receiving honorable discharge as a Sergeant First Class on October 30, 1952.

Floyd worked 20 years operating Floyd's Custom Upholstering and more than 20 years as a School Crossing Guard in the Raytown School District.

Floyd was very active in his community. He was a member of Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, East Gate Masonic Lodge (57 years) and Ararat Shrine Temple (42 years). At Ararat, Cotton was a member of the Patrol Unit, Provost, and drove patients to the Shrine Hospital in St. Louis, clocking thousands of miles over the years. Floyd was also Past Commander of VFW Post 8100 in Grandview.

Cotton enjoyed entertaining as a DJ at many Shrine, VFW, and community dances, often at no charge. He was known for spinning old country and big band records, wearing his signature hat behind his record player. He was also famous for smoking slabs of mouthwatering ribs, which he gave away to friends.

Along with his parents, Floyd was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Maxine Boyer; brothers, Carl E. Boyer and Gene Boyer; sister, Maxine Carner; and his beloved dog Chester.

While Cotton didn’t have natural children, he counted his stepchildren, Rick, Sharon, Barbara and Janet, his nephews and nieces, Rick, Karen (deceased), Steve and Sherry, and their families as his own. As a crossing guard, he carefully looked after the staff, children and families at Blue Ridge Elementary School in Raytown. He worked his way into their hearts and loved them as family. He also leaves his Shrine family and good friends, Dave and Christy Trewhitt. Many thanks to the staff at Armour Oaks who have provided years of care and and friendship…Cotton never met a stranger!

Viewing will be at 10:00 am, followed by graveside services with military honors at 10:30 am, on Tuesday, August 18, at Park Lawn Funeral Home/Memorial Park Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO 64138. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ararat Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, MO 64138.

Service Information

Viewing will be at 10:00 am, followed by graveside services with military honors at 10:30 am, on Tuesday, August 18, at Park Lawn Funeral Home/Memorial Park Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO 64138. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ararat Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, MO 64138.

Boyer, Floyd Walter “Cotton”'s Guestbook

Floyd was a friend to all of us who had the good fortune to know him. He always had a twinkle in his eye, a big smile and a kind word. Heart of gold! Godspeed, my friend. Rest in peace, Floyd.

Steve Edmondson

Cotton was such a fun and loving man. Everyone at Ararat Shrine loved him. He will be missed very much.

Darlene Waggoner

We, the staff, teachers, parents, Crossing Guards, and most of all, the students, not only at Blue Ridge elementary school, but the other elementary schools that he would substitute at from time to time, in the Raytown School District, have missed Cotton immensely since his retirement and are deeply saddened by his loss. But there’s one thing we know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, Cotton is definitely entertaining the Angels in his new heavenly home; him and Chester! Yes, he's at peace but resting, not so much. He doesn't have time for a lot of that as I'm certain he's doing what he does best...taking care of kids and making them laugh.

Linda Lewis

Cotton you were definitely one of a kind! He always made our crossing guard gatherings very entertaining. You will be greatly missed. Love you friend, rest in peace.

Mandy Malm

Cotton was one of many reasons I loved being a principal at Blue Ridge...the staff, kids and families were so kind and inclusive. We all worked together to build a welcoming educational community. Cotton was serious about crosswalk rules and was not shy about enforcing them. He kept the districts flags in good shape and helped us all remember our veterans and their service. He was a Korean War veteran. RIP my friend....

Mr. T

Such a sweet man and the best crossing guard you could ask for, heaven gained a good man. RIP Cotton

Cindy Morales

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