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Jack W. Boylan

Jack passed away, Tuesday, June 13, 2023 in Kalamazoo.

He was born June 2, 1957 in Allegan, the son of Paul Thayer and Charlotte (Vist) Boylan. Jack worked at several area auto parts stores over the years most recently at LKQ. In his free time he enjoyed spending time at the race track. For many years he was the flagman at the Galesburg Speedway. Jack also enjoyed tinkering in his garage, fishing, coaching little league baseball and following the Detroit Lions and Tigers.

Surviving are his sons, Brian (Ann Marie) Foote of Battle Creek and Eric (Jamie) Boylan of Battle Creek; step-daughter, Laura Seams of Otsego; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson and another due soon; mother, Charlotte; step-father, Joseph Vist; 7 siblings, Tina Smith, Ann Taylor, Geraldine Shaffer, Jessie Cadwell, Patrick Blackwood, Kathy Vonch and Steven Vist along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his fiancée, Rhonda Seams in 2021.

Friends may visit with Jack’s family starting at 2:00 P.M., Friday, June 16, 2023, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 3:00 P.M., with celebrant Nyla Merrill officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Jack may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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Paula (Boylan) Butcher

June 14, 2023 at 1:30 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with Jack’s family and friends.


Ben Behymer

June 14, 2023 at 4:22 pm

I worked with Jackie Joe at Morris Rose Auto Parts for fifteen years. He was a good guy. He will be missed. Here’s to you Jack (hats off) until we meet again.



June 14, 2023 at 5:05 pm

Charlotte, Jessie and family, I am so sorry to hear About Jack. Please know you will all be in my hearts and prayers. Much love.


Chuck Finney

June 14, 2023 at 8:02 pm

Knew Jack long time great person treated friends with respect was quite the Galesburg enthusiastic person he will be missed thoughts and prayers for the family


Jeff Rugg

June 15, 2023 at 12:48 am

I wish I could have seen you again jack you always gave me good advice even if I didn’t want it there’s been so much loss of the people around me anymore you’re one my friend that I thought would be there forever you were always a bright shining light whenever I was in the dark Jack in your friendship meant a great deal to me until I see you again my friend fly high and please if they let you look in on Laura for me like you always did if she was at the track I will miss our conversations my friend until my time comes rest in peace


Kristine boylan Yates

June 15, 2023 at 2:10 pm

Sorry I cant make it to the funeral .My thoughts and prayers for the family .love and hugs


Danny & Katie Foote

June 16, 2023 at 10:48 am

Jack was a really great guy. We remained good friends even after he was no longer our brother-in-law. Jack helped for many years on my race cars as well. He will be missed by so many. Rest in peace.


Deb Carl Blackwood

June 16, 2023 at 2:20 pm

The family is in our thoughts. Sorry to hear the passing of Jack.


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