Former Cape Girardeau police chief Howard "Butch" Boyd, 73, died at his home in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday. Born in Cape Girardeau in 1940, Boyd, weighed only 3 pounds because of his premature birth and earned his nickname "Butch" from the nurses because he was "a survivor." Boyd went on to dedicate the majority of his life to service for others, and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and joined the Cape Girardeau Police Department in January 1970. Throughout his 26 years with the department, he served in many capacities, and as chief for eight years before retiring in 1996. He also was a member of VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau, American Legion Post 63 in Cape Girardeau and the FBI National Academy Associates.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, with military rites conducted by the Missouri Honor Guard.
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