Dr. Boyd B. Banwell

March 7, 1924May 28, 2011

Dr. Boyd B. Banwell Williamston

Born March 7, 1924 in Petoskey, MI to Russell and Ethel (Barney), passed May 28, 2011 at the age of 87. Boyd was a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict serving in the US Army. He was a graduate from Wayne State University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and later attended Northern Illinois College of Optometry where he received his Optometric Degree. He set up his practice in the Williamston Medical Building for 30 years. During this time he served as a lobbyist for the Michigan Optometric Association and also served as its President. He received the Michigan Optometrist of the Year Award. Boyd served on the Williamston School Board, E.D.C. and City Council. He was the former President of the Williamston Kiwanis Club. Dr. Banwell later sold his practice to become President of his Alma Mater Northern Illinois College of Optometry. He also served as a lobbyist for the Illinois Optometric Association.

Boyd is survived by his children, Deborah Banwell, Pamela (Joe) Rankin, Todd (Kathleen) Banwell, and Craig (Christina) Banwell and their mother Millie Billington; grandchildren, Jessica and Ryan Banwell, Nichole Barry and Tracy McClain; step-grandchildren Emily and Ben Rankin. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Justin Pierce Chapman.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 2, 2 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Middle St., Williamston with Eddie Reynolds officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the chapel. On line condolences may be made to


  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 2, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, June 2, 2011

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Tom Davies

June 26, 2011

So sorry to here about doc.
We rented from him on Burt lake for years and never had the chance to meet him in person.
He was such a great person to me and my family.

June 12, 2011

I am saddened to hear of Boyd's passing but smiling to see the handsome young man gazing out from this picture. Although we met him when he was a bit older, I immediately recognize his gorgeous smile and the twinkling eyes. We have fond memories of Boyd -- he was always compassionate, generous, articulate and fun to be with. He was also, apparently,quite unassuming -- never touting the most impressive career I've just read about.--
Our paths have not crossed for years; nonetheless, Boyd was a fine man none of us will ever forget.
Condolences from the Kaplans -
Eileen, on behalf of Frank, Johanna & Sandy

Lisa Renaud LaPrairie

June 9, 2011

Dear Banwell Family,
Sending our sympathies to you from everyone here at Burt Lake Marina. My dad is Larry, and your dad was a good friend to him. I thought you'd enjoy this picture of the Marina, where your dad's dear pontoon stayed for so many summers. I will never forget the orange Crest and the minks who loved to get on that boat. As my dad phased out of the business and I phased in, your dad would call every now and then. We'd have great conversations and he would share his wisdom and business advice. I considered Dr. Banwell one of the cornerstones of our business and his loyalty helped my family succeed. I will always respect and value his friendship and support of Burt Lake Marina. We are all saddened by the loss of such a dear customer and friend.

Carol Ann Spry RN

June 8, 2011

My name is Carol Ann (Brown) Spry RN, my daughter is Christa M. Brown and my grand daughter is Cassidy A. Banwell. I met Boyd only one or two times and felt he was an honest and caring man. I was happy to have him as part of my extended family.

Dianne Banwell-Signor

June 8, 2011

UB Is what I called him Uncle Boyd he was my friend, my Uncle and my advisor. I will miss him so much.
Dianne Banwell-Signor

June 3, 2011

Dear Banwell Family,

Our prayers are with you and your family
in your time of sorrow.

Gary Broyles (Lansing Optician)

Bill & Linda Dansby

June 3, 2011

Deb, Todd, Pam and Craig: We were shocked and saddened when we returned from a trip up north late Wednesday night and learned of the passing of your Dad. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families and we are praying for the recovery of your mother.

Karen Cosgrove

June 3, 2011

Dear Banwell family:

I had the pleasure of meeting Boyd only a few times, but each time I spent time with him was truly memorable & so very special.

Your father was such a kind, giving, honest, briliant man with a very huge heart. He was exceptional and is (& always will be) respected by so, so many.

I remember the many stories my husband told me about his time with Boyd and how much it truly meant to him. As he also practiced optometry, he would share the countless times he'd call Boyd for advice, as he truly had the highest regard & much love for him.

Your family is being sent so much love... We will keep you in our thoughts & in our prayers and always keep Boyd very close to our hearts.

We are grieving with you...

With our deepest sympathies, love & respect,

Karen, Kendall & Kayden Cosgrove
(and Kenny Cosgrove, always in spirit...)

June 3, 2011

Millie, Craig, Todd, Pam, Deb, Ryan, and Jessica.. so sorry to hear of your loss, your dad was a very special man and we loved him.. We will miss him, From the Mead family!!

David and Jeannie Briston

June 3, 2011

We are very sorry for your loss. We will miss Doc,s happy smile and greetings. He always made us feel welcome at the Bucket.