CORTLAND - Ralph David "Tinker" Boyles, 74, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.
He was born Oct. 19, 1937, in Philippi, W.Va., the son of the late Wayne Boyles and the late Lena Whitehair Boyles.
He previously owned Cortland Amoco and worked at ITT Grinnell and retired from Reinauer Transportation in 2002. He was the owner of a local Christmas tree farm and was a member of the Cortland Moose Lodge 1012.
Ralph David Boyles
Tinker received his nickname from his father, because he could always be found tinkering with anything he could get his hands on. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a NASCAR and Cleveland Browns fan. He loved spending time with all his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife, Karen (Wellman) Boyles, and would have celebrated 41 years of marriage on Sept. 9, 2012; his children, Christine (Douglas) Ayres, Sheila (Brian) Wistar, David (Sharon) Boyles, Kathy (Ron) Borowski, Cynthia (Jeffrey) Hockenberry and Shari (David) Knowlton; his siblings, Thomas (Marsha) Boyles and Carolyn (James) Madigan; grandchildren, Brianna and Bayleigh Wistar, Cierra and Donevan Ayres, David (Becky) Boyles Jr., Joshua Boyles, Ryan Boyles, Joey Boyles, Jeannette (John) Olson, Tina Boyles, Richard Boyles and Carolyn Hockenberry, as well as many other grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Sherry (Wellman) Wade and Mildred Wellman.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Alma Jean Rilev, John Boyles and Denzil Boyles; his former wife, Joyce (Danko) Mark; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth L. Wellman.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, where Pastor Shirley Frantz will officiate.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Prior to the start of the service, the Moose Lodge will honor Ralph.
A private burial will take place at Sager Memorial Park at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material contributions be made to the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home to help defray the costs of the funeral.