Robert E. Boyles, 74, Jasper

Robert E. Boyles, 74, of Jasper, died Thursday (April 19) at his home. He was born in Bicknell January 25, 1944, to James and Pauline (Earley) Boyles. He married Deb Merter November 20, 1987, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Bob was a United States Army veteran and served as an information specialist in the Vietnam War. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 147 in Jasper. He was the first graduate of the Vincennes University Jasper Campus. He retired from WITZ Radio in Jasper after 40 years of service after announcing basketball, football, and baseball games for Jasper and other area schools. He received the ISSA Marv Bates Sportscaster of the Year award and several other awards throughout his broadcasting career. He was the announcer for the Jasper Lions Club Radio Auction for many years, and for many other charitable events. After retirement he worked for 10 years as an advertising consultant for Dubois County Tire and Supply. He was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper, a charter member and first president of the Jasper Optimist Club, and a member of the Jasper Moose. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends around a campfire, his involvement on the Ireland Celebration Committee, playing golf, fishing, spending time at Beaver Lake, watching Indiana University basketball, and was an avid pool player.

He is survived by his wife, Deb Boyles; two daughters, Karen Pieper and husband Jason, Jasper, and Karla O’Connell (Elaine), Chrisman, Illinois; one son, Clayton Boyles and wife Meredith, Jasper; five grandchildren, Brendan O’Connell, Aiden, Zack, and Noah Pieper, and Weslyn Boyles; one sister, Cyndi Smith and husband Gary, Chrisney; and one brother, Steve Boyles and wife Brenda, Tennessee.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brother, Jim and Kenneth Boyles.

Friends may call from noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Funeral Chapel in Jasper, and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at Shiloh United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Community Foundation in memory of Bob Boyles. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at Shiloh United Methodist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

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