Earle V. Boyd, 85, Bethlehem Steel worker

October 03, 2003

Earle V. Boyd, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker and World War II veteran, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of complications from a fall at his Dundalk home. He was 85.

Mr. Boyd was born in Coatesville, Pa., the son of a steelworker. He moved as a child to a home on H Street in the now-demolished company town of Sparrows Point.

Mr. Boyd was a 1935 graduate of Sparrows Point High School, where he played baseball, basketball and track and field. He also was an amateur boxer who had fought in the Diamond Belt competition in 1940. He abandoned the sport because of corruption, family members said.

During World War II, he served with the Army Corps of Engineers in Europe and the Pacific.

He retired in 1975 from Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s flange mill, where he had worked as a flanger for 39 years.

Mr. Boyd enjoyed power boating, crabbing, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Eloise Fisher; two sons, Eric V. Boyd of Fallston and William D. Boyd of Dundalk; a daughter, Joyce Walker of Towson; a stepson, Tom Feick of Lawrenceville, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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