Robert Dean Boyer, 85, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Camilla Carpenter Boyer entered into eternal rest on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Robert was born May 7, 1929 in Danville, Pennsylvania, son of the late Samuel Boyer and Mary Ann Pollock Boyer. Bob retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service as a First Class Petty Officer, serving on numerous ships and submarines. Following retirement, he was employed by MUSC Physical Plant for 23 years and retired as a Construction Supervisor. He was a former member of the Fleet Reserve, Mason's, Parents and Guardians Association, and the Order of the Eastern Star. Bob loved to swim and worked as a lifeguard during his off time from his Navy duties and taught numerous life saving classes. He was tasked by General Sweany to train life guards for all USARFANT installations. He taught swimming in his backyard pool for 22 years, instructing more than 1,000 children how to swim. Bob loved to travel in his RV and visited 49 states and toured throughout Canada. He was an avid model railroader. Bob was very involved with his grandchildren and loved them dearly. He was very instrumental in the establishment of the first kindergarten for pre-school mentally retarded children in 1964. He is survived by his wife of 59 1/2 years, Camilla Boyer of Charleston, SC; three daughters, Katrina L. Boyer of Summerville, SC, Sherry Boyer Knight (John) of Charleston, SC, DeeDee Boyer Jordan (Stan)of West Union, WV; brother, Jim Boyer of Reading, PA; four grandchildren, Brandi Mae Jordan Ludwig (Alex), Stanley K. Jordan, Christy A. Knight, John Z. Knight. His Funeral Service will be held Thursday, June 19, 2014 in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Live Oak Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. The family will receive friends Wednesday in Stuhr's West Ashley Chapel from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Memorials may be made to Parents and Guardians Association of the Coastal Center, 9995 Miles Jamison Road, Summerville, SC 29485; Charleston Animal Society 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406 or Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ Charleston Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 18, 2014
Bob served aboard Sennet as a CS2 during the years 1961-1963.