Breckenridge - William (Bill) Joseph Boland, 84 succumbed from a lengthy battle with cancer on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Breckenridge, Texas, with the Reverends Cal Hoffman and Harrell Braddock officiating. Interment will follow in Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.
Born to O.L. and Lena Ray Boland on February 12, 1930, in Callahan County, Texas, Bill attended Scranton schools, graduating in 1948. On June 17, 1950, Bill married Sue Grace at the home of the United Methodist Church District Superintendent, The Reverend John Lightfoot in Cisco, Texas. They shared 64 years together.
A career in the Texas oilfields with D & B Well Service, McElroy Ranch Company, and Rominger and Pitzer Oil provided Bill with many experiences and friendships.
Lena, his mother stated that the Boland men had “ball on the brain”. Bill was an avid sports fan of Buckaroo football and all Texas high school football. During the playoffs Bill would attend several games in a single weekend. He also contributed his time as a sports official for youth baseball in Breckenridge.
A lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Bill led the singing for Sunday services, revivals, and “fifth Sunday singings” accompanied by his wife, Sue. He loved “Standing on the Promises”, “Church in the Wildwood”, and “In the Garden”.
Brothers Roy, John, and James in addition to sisters, Mizpah and Melba preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Sue; daughters, Shalene Kerlin and husband, Kelby and Michele Jezisek; and sons, Neil and Chris, and Katherine. Grandchildren, Kelly Kerlin and wife, Stephanie, Kylie Kerlin, and Brent Kunefke, Ashley Valdez and husband, Domingo, and Logan Jezisek and great-granddaughters, Ella Kerlin, Chloe Kerlin, and Summer Valdez survive their “Paw Paw”. Brother, Dale Boland and wife, Dorothea, and sister, Mildred Geist and a host of nieces and nephews survive him. Memorials may be made to the Breckenridge Senior Citizens Center or a charity of choice. The family invites friends to leave a condolence or share a memory of Bill in the online guestbook at www.meltonkitchens.com.