Dr. Boyd B. Banwell
Born March 7, 1924 in Petoskey, MI to Russell and Ethel (Barney), passed
May 28, 2011 at the age of 87. Boyd was a veteran of WWII and the Korean
Conflict serving in the US Army. He was a graduate from Wayne State
University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and later attended
Northern Illinois College of Optometry where he received his Optometric
Degree. He set up his practice in the Williamston Medical Building for 30
years. During this time he served as a lobbyist for the Michigan Optometric
Association and also served as its President. He received the Michigan
Optometrist of the Year Award. Boyd served on the Williamston School
Board, E.D.C. and City Council. He was the former President of the
Williamston Kiwanis Club. Dr. Banwell later sold his practice to become
President of his Alma Mater Northern Illinois College of Optometry. He
also served as a lobbyist for the Illinois Optometric Association.
Boyd is survived by his children, Deborah Banwell, Pamela (Joe) Rankin,
Todd (Kathleen) Banwell, and Craig (Christina) Banwell and their mother
Millie Billington; grandchildren, Jessica and Ryan Banwell, Nichole Barry
and Tracy McClain; step-grandchildren Emily and Ben Rankin. He was
preceded in death by his grandson, Justin Pierce Chapman.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 2, 2 pm at Gorsline Runciman
Funeral Homes, 205 E. Middle St., Williamston with Eddie Reynolds
officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the
chapel. On line condolences may be made to www.gorslineruncimanwilliamton.com.