OBITUARY

Gary W. Boyce

May 24, 1942April 26, 2021

Gary W. Boyce, 78, of (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), beloved husband of Susan Boyce nee (Milarg), loving father of Debbie (Boyce) Harper, (Scott). Proud grandfather of Stephanie, Scott Jr. and Ryan, great grandfather of Isaiah and Scottie III., uncle to Jennifer and Michelle. Gary will also be fondly remembered by his brother-in-law Raymond and sister-in-law Kathy. Preceded in death by his brother Dennis (Susan Kay), father William and mother Velma.

Gary will be lovingly remembered by generations of people from in and around the Oak Lawn, IL area for owning, along with his wife Susan, the Oak Lawn Roller Rink. As a recreational business owner, Gary has touched hundreds of kids’ lives by operating a fun and family friendly recreational business in the heart of Oak Lawn for over 30 years.

Airplanes and flying were a passion of Gary’s. He was a long-time member of EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and was a licensed pilot.

There will be a memorial visitation scheduled on Thursday, June 10th from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and a Memorial Service on Friday, June 11th 2021 at 10: 00 am. located at Blake Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103 rd. St. Oak Lawn, IL.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, June 11, 2021

Memories

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Harold Prescott

June 12, 2021

Gary Boyce was an owner for whom you liked working for where can you go to have a job and to do something you enjoyed doing " roller skating" , you made new friends and Gary could not have more fun to be around , he had alot of fun but was a fair and caring Boss, I grew up there along with so many others, Gary will be missed but will Never be Forgotten.

Dennis Bartkus

June 10, 2021

Gary was always honest, fair and straightforward. I started skating in 1972 and started working there in 1974 and went back to work there on three different occasions three different generations until it closed. Made a lot of good people and friends and my wife there and I always remember Gary smile and that laugh of his!

Duane Smith

June 8, 2021

Many fond memories of Gary and the Boyce family! The Boyce's were kind to my mom, Lucy, and the rest of the Smith family, and my wife Nancy who also worked at the rink! From the car wash to the rink. I was much younger than Gary but he still took the time to take me for rides in the old jeep. I remember when he got his first new car 1960 Ford Falcon. When the rink floor took on so much water and buckled from the tornado, he drove his VW over the buckled floor and it landed much harder than expected, must have had a thing for ramps!! Memories of Gary will always be with me as those days have a lot of value as to who I am today! Thank you Sue and Debbie for posting and allowing me to share a few memories!

Sheryl Rourke

June 5, 2021

My condolences to you and your family. Helping out tearing down the rails around the rink and helping put up the brick wall around rink and getting my first job in coatroom& advancing to snack bar & my paycheck going into the pinball games he was like everyone's dad that went there

Sherri Kiely (Schatz)

May 30, 2021

I worked at the Roller Rink from 1986-1992. Gary was like a Dad to me. Someone that I looked up to. Such a kind-hearted, big ol teddy bear. True stand up. My heart is sad for the Boyce family, and all of us that he took under his wing

Diane Bradley

May 26, 2021

I remember Gary working the
front where you paid admission. Always a nice friendly face to greet us. As a kid, it was easy to want to spend time there with Gary making you feel welcome.

Bob Cowles

May 26, 2021

I have many fond memories of Gary and the rest of the Boyce family. I remember a time a teenage Gary built a ramp brought it in the rink one night after every one left. It was high enough that we had to be place it so we wouldn't hit the beams. Rest in Peace old buddy 🙏

Karen Hommema

May 26, 2021

Thank you for all the fun times at Oak Lawn Roller Rink! Was my 2nd home, along with many other kids. I remember wiping out one time, I flew up into the air and landed between the short wall and the building wall. Invading the men only skate was always fun and the only time to skate to Slow Ride! 🤣
R.I.P. Gary.

Karen Trimble

May 26, 2021

Gary will be remembered by hundreds or "regulars", employees, and competitive skaters. Oak Lawn Roller Rink was always a safe place to skate and have fun. I skated sessions, classes, and lessons from 1969 to 1976. He will be missed by many.

David Bauman

May 26, 2021

Gary was the best boss I worked for. I grew up at the rink. Learned many things from Gary. The Roller Rink was my second home. My Dad worked for Gary’s Dad Bill and uncle Don.
Gary will be missed.

Dave Bauman

FROM THE FAMILY