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Carl’s life began July 26, 1931, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He was a life-long area resident and graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1949. After graduating high school Carl went to work at Vail Rubber until he retired after 48 years.

Outside of work Carl enjoyed gardening, hunting, and camping. He liked going to races and especially looked forward to yearly camping trips to Michigan International Speedway. When Carl wasn’t keeping himself busy you could find him playing poker or watching the Detroit Lions and his beloved Detroit Tigers whom he always kept their schedule handily in his pocket.

Carl’s greatest joy was spending time with his loving family including: four children, Lura Boyer, Michael (Jeanette) Boyer, William (Kathy) Boyer, and Richard (Alana) Boyer; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother Donald Boyer; many nieces and nephews; and his dogs.

Carl died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at home with family. He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Edith “Betty” Boyer, parents Olin and Lura (Curry) Boyer, step-mother Amelia Boyer, and five siblings: Charles Boyer, Nadine Foster, Helen Corliss, Robert Boyer, and Howard Boyer.

Carl’s life will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. with visitation prior starting at 11 a.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Carl’s family at


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