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Robert William “Bob” Boyden, 49, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Elizabeth “Libby” Wertz Boyden, died Friday evening, August 30, 2013, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

IMG (150 x 275)He was born on September 25, 1963, in Pensacola, Florida, the son of William Lester “Bill” Boyden and Margaret Ann “Peggy” Beindorf Boyden. Bob attended St. James Catholic School, Benedictine Military School, The University of Georgia, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and Georgia Southern University. He was Vice President of Boyden Custom Homes and owner of Bob Boyden Construction. Bob was a lifelong communicant of St. James Catholic Church, where he also served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. He was a soccer coach and assisted with various other sports at St. James Catholic School. Bob was a member of Forest City Gun Club, the Homebuilders Association, and the Georgia Bulldog Club. An avid outdoorsman, Bobby was a skilled marksman, deer and bird hunter, and fisherman. A devoted and loving husband, father, son and brother, he spent much of his time on the water, cooking, grilling, and being with his family and many friends, including his beloved dog, Gauge.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph Lester Boyden and Margaret Selease Boyden and William Beindorf and Estelle Beindorf; his father-in-law, The Reverend L. Allan Wertz, Jr., and his brother-in-law, Marlon S. Green.

Surviving are his beautiful family: his wife of 23 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Wertz Boyden; two daughters, Brittany Elizabeth Boyden and Megan Wertz Boyden; his parents, Bill and Peggy Boyden; his sister, Janet Lynn Boyden; his mother-in-law, Phyllis L. Wertz; two sisters-in-law, Ann W. Green and Catherine W. Shearouse; one niece, Ansley C. Shearouse, and many aunts and uncles.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Monday at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue, with the rosary service being held at 7 o’clock in the funeral home chapel. After the rosary service, and in celebration of Bobby’s life, the family will receive friends at the home of his parents, Bill and Peggy Boyden, 7 Wind Walk Lane.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at St. James Catholic Church conducted by Father Mark J. Ross. Interment will be private. After the funeral mass, and in celebration of Bobby’s life, the family will receive friends at the home – 1 Stargrass Retreat.

The family suggests that remembrances be made to St. James Catholic School Scholarship Fund – 8412 Whitefield Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406 or Benedictine Military School Scholarship Fund – 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31406.

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  1. Patty Mobley says:

    Libby and family,
    You and your family are in our prayers. This is a very difficult time but your strength will come from the Lord.

    Patty & Jimmy Mobley

  2. Susan Mills says:

    Dear Libby,
    You are foremost in my heart, thought and prayers at this unspeakably sad time.

    With Love,
    Susan Mills

  3. Carol & Dan Walsh says:

    We will miss Bobby’s cheerful waves from across the street.
    We will miss watching him play ball with Megan and throwing a ball for Gauge. We will miss watching him care for his home and family. We will keep Libby and the girls in our thoughts and prayers.
    Fondly, Dan and Carol

  4. Keith and Arlene Lane says:

    Libby and Boyden Family, We were so shocked and saddened by the news. We worked for the Boyden’s for so many years doing new home construction clean up. Bob was one of a kind. He not only was great to work for, but was a very loyal and wonderful friend. He will be sadly missed. I am so sorry about this and we will be keeping you and your entire family in our prayers.
    Keith and Arlene Lane

  5. Mary and Marty Vernick says:

    Our hearts go out to Libby and the Boyden family at this sad time.
    Mary and Marty Vernick

  6. Neel and Lisa McKenzie says:

    Our love and prayers are with you and the family. Bobby was a wonderful man and will be missed by so many. We are blessed to have know him.

    Much Love,

    Neel & Lisa McKenzie

  7. Kathleen and Leo Esposito says:

    Libby, Megan, Brittany and all the Boyden family,
    Our hearts are broken, as I know yours are. Bobby was a one-of-a-kind wonderful, sincere, generous man who we will miss. There are not many people who you immediately are fond of. Bobby, was someone you couldn’t help but love.
    We only hope that your faith, love for each other and the support of your friends and family, can help you go on.
    Always know that we are there if you need us.

    With love and a heavy heart,
    Kathleen & Leo Esposito

  8. Marilyn and Bob Slagel says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you, Libby, and your entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


    Marilyn and Bob Slagel

  9. Betsy and Bob Contino says:

    Thinking of you at this very sad time, Libby. Our prayers will be for you and your family, that you will be consoled knowing that Bobby is at peace with The Lord.

  10. Carol and Randy Stone says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Boyden family at this difficult time. Lean on God guidance.

    Carol and Randy Stone

  11. Tatum family says:

    We pray the Boyden family will have extra strength in body,mind and spirit. Love, Jim,Terri,jake,Nick

  12. Sherri Anderson says:

    Dear Libby, girls, Janet, Bill and Peggy,

    Words cannot express how very sorry I am about the loss of Bobby. He was such a good man. God Bless you and your family and our prayers with you all. My deepest sympathy.

  13. Sam and LaVonne Liberti says:

    Libby, Mr. Bill and family-
    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of such a young family man and true friend. I’ll miss my best friend.
    Our prayers will be with you.

  14. Jim McClain says:

    Bill and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I never met Bob without his wearing a smile and and a offering pleasant greeting, He was a fine man. We are thinking of you.

  15. Dawn & Dave Lowell says:

    Libby & Entire Boyden Family,
    We are so saddened by your tremendous loss. Bob was a fine man who will be missed by all who knew him. We will continue to pray for him and for all of you.
    With sincere condolences,
    Dawn & Dave Lowell

  16. Ouida and Katy Waters says:

    We are saddened by your loss. We remember the close friendship between him and Michael. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  17. Mike and Pam Quinn says:

    To all the Boyden family,
    We know how very much Bob will be missed. Our love, thoughts, sympathy and prayers are with you in your time of grief.
    Mike and Pam Quinn

  18. Tim Norris says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Boyden family.

    With deepest sympathy,

  19. John and Janel Basso says:

    To all of the Boyden family,

    There have been very few times in our lives when the word “shock” has underscored unfortunate news we have received — the completely unexpected loss of Bobby is at the top of that list.

    He was a vibrant young man of honorable character who made you feel welcome and comfortable within minutes of knowing him. His tremendous enthusiasm for life translated into an obvious love of God, his wife and children, his parents, and friends.

    Our family is deeply saddened from the Boyden family loss, but also grateful for the time loaned to us by God to have even known such a wonderful man as Bobby. His spirit will never be forgotten within our family and we trust in the Lord to forever utilize Bobby’s many gifts in heaven.

    May God’s Peace overwhelm all of our hearts on this day…

  20. Trisha Lutz-Morris says:

    Libby, my heart is broken for you, your beautiful girls, and the entire Boyden family. Times like these are where words are hard to convey our deepest sympathy, just know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    May the road rise to meet him.
    May the wind be always at his back.
    May the sun shine warm upon his face.
    May the rains fall soft upon his fields,
    and until you meet again.
    May God hold him in the palm of his hand.

  21. Ronnie & Marsha Phillips says:

    We wish to convey our deepest sympathy for your loss.
    Know that you have friends who really care.

  22. Craig and Terry Derst says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  23. Suzanne Dillon Marx says:

    My dear Libby
    My heart is breaking for you as I understand your pain. It was two years ago on the Sept 4th that Michael’s tragic death occurred and you and Bobby were consoling me at his funeral for the loss of my best friend in the world. Such tragedies can change lives in seconds, and we are left to find help in dealing with the pain. Bobby was such a fine example of a God driven man and my belief is he is at Peace with our Lord and his dear friend Michael as well as your father now. It is so hard in times like now to find comfort in knowing that our loved ones are in Heaven where we all strive to be one day. But we must find consolation in the sweet memories and knowing that he is at peace. I find comfort in all the memories that I have of all four of us spending time together while going to the games and spending the weekends with you and Bobby at your home. You are a dear friend and may God bless you and your sweet girls at this time. My prayers are with you and your daughters!


    Libby , Our prayers are with you and your family. God has a new Angel who will help build Heaven even better.

  25. Sally and Gerry says:

    Libby, Bill and Peggy,
    Out thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    We are deeply sorry for your loss.

  26. Sandra D'Angio says:

    To Megan and the Boyden Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Mrs. D’Angio

  27. Carla D. English says:

    Dearest Libby,
    My thoughts and prayers are being sent to you and your loved ones. May your treasured memories support your heart through the loss of your beloved husband, Bobby. May your children continue to feel the love and guidance of their father, for he will be there always in their hearts as he protects them daily. Much Love, Carla English

  28. Tammy and Toby Poston says:


    Words cannot describe how sadden we are for you and your family. May God never leave your side.

    With deepest sympathy.You are in our prayers.

  29. Elizabeth and Tom Shook says:

    Dear Libby,

    We were so saddened to learn of Bobby’s tragic death. No words will ever be sufficient to ease the pain and sorrow felt by you and the girls right now but please know that we hold you in our thoughts and prayers daily. God has His loving arms around you all and He, along with your close friends and family,will give you strength to get through this difficult period; one day at a time.
    God bless and keep you all in His comfort,

    Elizabeth and Tom

  30. Nancy and Frank Zugel says:

    Libby & girls, Mr. & Mrs. Boyden, Janet, and family.
    We are sorry for your loss and you are in our prayers.
    Bobby’s cheerful attitude was always appreciated. As a remembrance of Bobby:
    “Those we love don’t go away.
    They walk beside us every day.
    Unseen, unheard, but always near.
    Still loved, still missed, still very dear.”

  31. Sherri Collins says:

    Libby and Boyden family, your loss is irreplaceable. I know that no words can come even remotely close to healing the pain you feel. May the Lord look after you in these difficult times. May the sorry you feel in your heart fade away by the love that surrounds you.

    Your are in my prayers.

  32. George Thompson and Family says:

    To the whole Boyden family,you will be in our thoughts and prayers through this sad time.Bob is in a great place with the lord.May the lord be with you all.
    The Thompson Family

  33. Betty Fox says:

    Libby My deepest sympathy and prayers for you and
    And the girls.
    Betty Fox

  34. James Caldwell says:

    Libby ,Im so sorry about your husband. I never met him but if you chose him he must have been a wonderful person. Kathy and I will keep you and your family in our prayers James

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