Leonard Gale Boydston

March 5, 1933November 16, 2021

Leonard (Gale) Boydston of Independence, Missouri entered into eternal rest on November 16, 2021. He was born March 5, 1933 to Nathaniel and Maude Boydston. He grew up in Independence, Missouri and graduated from Northeast High School, KCMO.

He worked as an apprentice at a local print shop until being called to serve his country during the Korean war where he was an MP stationed in Louisiana and Kansas. Shortly after his return to civilian life he got a job working in the printing department of Hallmark Cards where he worked for 33 years until his retirement.

He soon fell in love with and married his childhood friend and neighbor, Norma Krueger in 1957 and they shared a full life together for 63 years. They were surrounded by Gale’s brothers, including his twin, their spouses, and many cousins. He enjoyed spending weekends at their home at the Lake of the Ozarks where they spent 12 years after retiring before returning to Independence. He enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles and visiting with the men in his senior living community as they solved the world’s problems. He enjoyed the weekly game night with family after sharing a meal and was a life-long Royals and Chiefs fan.

He served his Lord and Savior as a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church (Independence, MO), Westlake Christian Church (Laurie, MO) and Trinity Presbyterian Church (Independence, MO). Gale was known by all who met him as a kind and gentle man. His quiet decency and sweet sense of humor will be sorely missed by all lucky enough to have known him and to have called him neighbor, colleague, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

He is survived by daughter Cathy (spouse Rachel), son Russ (spouse Catherine), three grandchildren, Courtney, Ryan (spouse Somer), Caleb (spouse Katie), one great-grand child Andrew, brother Carl, nieces Christa, Candy and Lori, nephew Jim, and cousin Kitty.

For those desiring to honor Leonard (Gale) in lieu of flowers, a donation to Trinity Presbyterian Memorial Fund is suggested. Contact church for more information. 1400 W. Sheley Rd., Independence Missouri 64052. Phone 816-252-5893.

The visitation for Leonard will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 1:00 PM at Newcomer's Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 BLUE RIDGE BLVD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64133, until the funeral service at 2:00 PM. Committal service & military honors will occur after the funeral at Floral Hills Cemetery.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

  • Committal Service & Military Honors

    Saturday, November 20, 2021


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Susan Johnson

November 21, 2021

I loved having Gale and Norma as neighbors across the hall, until they moved to the 1st floor. Gale was such a kind and thoughtful man. I shared my wooden puzzles with him and he loved completing them (usually faster than me). He was a joy to be around and he will be missed.

John Kornis

November 19, 2021

First met Gale and Norma at Calvary Presbytery church, later found out we were both Hallmarkers . It was always a pleasure to see them and visit over the next 40 years at church or Hallmark functions. Salt of the earth people RIP Hale .

Betty Fink

November 18, 2021

Gale and Norma were next door neighbors when I lived in Independence. They were the first people I met when I moved into the area--great neighbors. Watched Cathy and Russell grow up. Gale was always so kind, caring and calm. He will be missed by all who knew him.