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Kent R. Boyer

July 17, 1935 - March 22, 2017


Kent R. Boyer, 81, died Wednesday, March 22nd at his residence, with his family at his side, in Salem, Oregon.
 
He is survived by his wife Karen Boyer of Salem, Oregon, his son, Lt. Col. Rick Boyer, daughter in-law Diane Boyer and grandson Wyatt Boyer who reside in Valrico, Florida, and grandson Garrett Boyer of Portland, Oregon. 
 
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, he was the only child of the late Clarence L. and Ruth D. Reed Boyer. 
 
He graduated from Mt. Penn H.S., then graduated from Penn State University, with an AA in Mechanical Engineering.  Later he graduated from California State University in Northridge, California, with a BA in Mathematics.  Subsequently he continued at UCLA, with graduate studies in Business and Computer Science.

He was employed for 35 years in the Aerospace industry centered in Southern California. He began as a Design Engineer with Rocketdyne, a division of North American Aviation/Rockwell Corp.  Later with Hydraulic Research,  a division of Textron Corporation as a Research & Development Group Engineer.
 
A highlight of his professional career was the opportunity to be involved with the design and analysis of the F1 and J2 liquid rocket engines which powered the ascent stages of the Saturn Apollo vehicle, used in all the manned missions to the Moon.
 
He will be so dearly missed by his family and friends.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Karen, I hold you in my prayers.  I am Pastor Bruce Osterhout, now at Zion's Lutheran Church in Shoemakersville, PA, north of Reading.  For 24 years, I was the Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in the Glenside neighborhood of Reading, where Kent's mom and dad,  Clarence and Ruth went to church.  I conducted both of their funerals and met you and Kent then.  I wanted to let you know that I saw his obituary in the newspaper.   pastorbruce@zionslutheran.org  610-562-3112