Richard Douglas Boyer
January 20, 1958 - October 4, 2017

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Richard Douglas Boyer, 59, of Muscatine, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017, at the Grace Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. An educational memorial fund has been established for his future grandchildren.
Richard Douglas Boyer was born on January 20, 1958 in Britt, Iowa to Donald and Marvene (Kesten) Boyer. Rick was a 1976 graduate of Thompson Iowa High School. He attended the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he graduated in 1984.
On June 16, 1984, Rick was united in marriage to Monika Bode in Forest City, Iowa. They made their home in Muscatine in 1984. To this union, three children were born - Kolton, Kaleb, and Kally.
Rick owned and operated his own chiropractic practice in Muscatine since 1985. He also taught in the science department for the Muscatine Community College for many years. Most recently, he was employed as the Associate Dean of Allied Health at Scott Community College.
Rick was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He enjoyed woodworking, playing cards with friends, traveling, telling jokes going to movies, working outdoors, and spending time with family.
Rick will live on through his wife Monika; his sons, Kolton (Molly) Boyer of Des Moines, Kaleb Boyer of Walnut Creek, California; one daughter, Kally Boyer (fiancé Zach Jameson) of Ames, Iowa; one future grandchild. He will also live on through the lives he saved through organ donation.
Rick is also survived by his brothers Norman (Sheila) Craig, of Preston, Minnesota, Roger Boyer, of Ainsworth, Iowa; sisters Bethany (Kim) Boelman, of Huxley, Iowa, and Karla (Doug) Hills of Cedar Park, Texas; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Rick is also survived by brothers-in-laws, Bob Bode of Hampton, New Hampshire; Dennis (Keri) Bode of Orlando, Florida; and Wayne Spenner of Mt. Airy, Maryland.
He was preceded in death by both parents; his in-laws Henry and Betty Bode; and his sister-in-law, Ursula Spenner.
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Sun, October 8, 2017
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761

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Mon, October 9, 2017
11:00 AM


Grace Lutheran Church
2107 Cedar Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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Debi Beatty
Oct 10, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I worked at MCC with Rick and thought the world of him. He was such a fantastic and funny guy and will be greatly missed. Debi Beatty

Oct 10, 2017

I loved Boyer, he was the sole reason I passed bio. Pour one out for the fallen...

Sheila Allison
Oct 10, 2017

My heart goes out to Monika, Kolton, Kaleb. and Kally at this difficult time. Doc was a wonderful man. Devastating loss for our community. Educating students was one of his passions; he made learning fun. Doc spread hum... more

Oct 10, 2017
My heart goes out to Monika, Kolton, Kaleb. and Kally at this difficult time. Doc was a wonderful man. Devastating loss for our community. Educating students was one of his passions; he made learning fun. Doc spread humor; he understood the importance of laughter. Doc had a God-given gift; one that so many of us benefitted thorough his amazing chiropractic skills. A visit with him was a one-stop, physical and emotional experience. I loved his sense of humor, and conversations would often end up with me learning something new.

Sheila Allison
Kay Steffen
Oct 8, 2017

I wirked with Rick for many years. I trusted and respected him. He was a genuine guy, funny and incredibly professional. He lived fully and I was fortunate to have known him.

Bryan Fessler
Oct 8, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family at this most difficult time.

Dr. Lynne Trevisan
Oct 8, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Rick's passing. We often talked during conferences through EICC. He was always supportive of others and a gentle, kind person. He will be missed.

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