Joseph R Boyd

October 4, 1953January 3, 2013

Mr. Joseph Rexell Boyd, age 59, of Greencastle, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at his residence.

Born October 4, 1953 in Greencastle, he was the son and fourth child of Rexell A. and Dorothy (Wells) Boyd, and they preceded him in death.

He was graduated in 1975 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., with a B.A. in political science, following his graduation in 1971, from Greencastle High School. He had also attended Indiana University.

Always known as Joe, and as one who engaged those who knew him with kindness and understanding, he has a very wide circle of friends and acquaintances in Greencastle, where he had worked in restaurants and bars. Golf and cooking were his avocations, and he was especially adept at the barbeque grill and loved to welcome friends to sample his cooking. He was a voracious reader of books and periodicals and a repository of facts and trivia on matters of popular culture.

Surviving are his sister, Dorothy Crawley (William S.) Richards of Greencastle, and brothers, William D. and John W. (Laurie) Boyd, both of Indianapolis. Also surviving is his companion, Mary Hildinger.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home with interment to follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm on Tuesday until time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to the Putnam County Library 103 E. Poplar St. Greencastle, IN . 46135.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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norma rogers

January 25, 2013

Im Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I didnt know him well, but he was always very nice to me... I send my sympathy to his family and friends...Norma Rogers

January 10, 2013

Dear Dorothy, Bill and Jay -
We express our heartfelt sympathy for the passing of your unique brother, Joe. My brother, Dwight, and I flew out Tuesday, 8 Jan., back to Vermont and Florida, after visiting with our dad in the Methodist hospital and move back to Asbury. We would have come by to express our thoughts with you in person. Along with my 1971 classmates here, I agree how much Joe will be missed and remembered always! He challenged my mind and creativity, he was ahead of his time!
kind regards,
mindy matthews (Orlando, Florida)
Dwight Matthews (Burlington, Vermont, GHS class of 1969)

mindy matthews

January 10, 2013

Tracey Butts Aiken

January 10, 2013

I was so sad to hear of the passing of Joe. I have such fond memories of him at Old Topper and working with him. He always looked out for me. My dad, Gordon always enjoyed tending bar and solving the worlds problems with "Joe Cool" as he fondly referred to him! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Steve/Carrie Rubinstein

January 9, 2013

Dear Jay and family,

We are heartbroken to hear of Joe's passing. In the few years we hung out at Kappa Sig he was the epitome of cool, teaching the longhairs, potheads, jocks and drunkards what hip really meant. He turned me on, among others, to Elvis, Al Green and Len O'Connor.

All of our love,

Steve and Carrie Rubinstein

Dick Hardwick

January 8, 2013

Dear Dorothy, Bill and John, It's with sad heart I write you on this day! I shall remember Joe as one of my idols during our fun years in school! His wit inspired me! The struggle is now in the past and Joe can rest! My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you! GHS class mate 1971, Dick Hardwick

Lori Kersey-LaRue

January 8, 2013

to my dear friend that i neglected to see for many years , i thought of you many times , always brought a smile to my heart , what a kind and giving person you were. my sympathy to the boyd family

Patrick Schauer, Esq.

January 7, 2013

Dear Jay: The death of your brother brought profound sorrow to me as well as to his many friends. During the four semesters he was my roomate while in law school in Bloomington I often thought of him as my own brother. I remember that time as the best time of my life sharing with Junior the Art of Classic TV-watching, a love of reading,laughter, wit, humor and intelligence Junior had that I will never forget. May I extend my deep sympathy to you and your family.

Steve Hardwick

January 7, 2013

On behalf of the Hardwick family, please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. My brother Dick was a classmate and dear friend of Joe and I, being a year behind them, always looked up to them being upper classmen. Art and music was our common thread in those days and playing music with them at the Boyd house was the thing to do. I have many fond memories of those days with the soft spoken man with a heart of gold we fondly know as Joe. May we all celebrate his life and remember a wonderful soul to walk this earth.

With sincerest regards,

January 6, 2013

I am so sorry to learn of Joe's passing. He was always kind to me in school, although he was much "cooler" than me.

As a side note, I also wanted to mention that my mom, Dorothy Lowdermilk, used to work for Joe's grandmother, as a secretary, when Joe's grandmother was writing her books.

Please accept my deepest sympathies in your loss.

Debby (Lowdermilk) Barloon
Tustin, California