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Obituaries for the week of January 3rd

Richard E. Boyer
Richard Eugene Boyer, 78, of Oxford, passed into the arms of his loving Savior on Dec. 19, 2023.  

Richard, or Dick as he was known to most people, was born on Oct. 11, 1945 in Union Deposit, Pa.  He was the son of Robert and Alice Boyer, and a brother to five siblings.

Dick graduated from Northern Lebanon High School in 1963 and then attended The King’s College in New York, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in physical education.  

While at King’s, he also played on the soccer team and met the love of his life, Patricia Nixon, who he married in March of 1969. A few years later, he furthered his education at West Chester University, receiving his master’s degree in physical education.

Dick taught science at his high school alma mater for two years before he accepted a job teaching physical education in Oxford in 1971. He taught in the Oxford Area School District for 38 years before retiring in 2008, impacting thousands of students during his career there.  

He was the physical education teacher to all students in grades 2, 3 and 4.  He also conducted several before- and after-school intramural programs, including soccer, basketball and gymnastics. His family fondly remembers being out anywhere with him, whether it was in Oxford or halfway across the country and hearing a former student say, “Mr. Boyer, is that you?”

For most of his life, Dick was an avid gardener. His summers off from school were mostly spent in his incredible garden and many people reaped the benefits of it over the years. Dick used to bring his vegetables or fruits to school or church to share or sell. Everyone especially loved his corn, strawberries, and asparagus.  

Dick and his wife Pat became members of Bethany Presbyterian Church shortly after moving to Oxford. Dick led an amazing life of service to the Lord and his church at Bethany.  He served as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent, a deacon, ran junior church, sat on many different committees and was an elder for almost 30 years.  He and Pat also enjoyed serving local ministries such as CR and the Lighthouse Youth Center.

Dick lived his life fully dedicated to serving Christ and loving his family, and he did both of those things incredibly well.  He and Pat were married for almost 55 years.  After retirement, they had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful locations. They spent most of their time with their children, Sheree, Scott and Lindsay, two sons-in-law Barry and Johnny, and six grandchildren, Justin, Zachary, Brenden, Joshua, Grace and Emma, who affectionately called him Papa. 

The family will be holding a private burial at the Oxford Cemetery. They plan to schedule a memorial service to celebrate Dick’s life in the near future. 

Donations can be made to Bethany Christian School or the Lighthouse Youth Center in his honor. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at  

James F. Golt
James F. Golt, of Nottingham, left this world on Dec. 21, 2023 while at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. He was 84.

He was the loving husband of Lucille D. Golt. Together they were known as Fred and Lucy.

A native of Carneys Point, New Jersey, he was the dutiful son of the late James E. and Emma F. Golt. He graduated from Penns Grove Regional High School and served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He worked at the Hercules Research Center, starting out as a heating and air conditioning mechanic in the mechanical services division.  A multi-talented mechanic with incredible troubleshooting ability, he was called “Super Wrench.” He retired in 1999 as the utilities supervisor.

In 1976, Fred and Lucy built their Bicentennial House in New London, Pa., doing much of the work themselves. 

Fred was an outdoorsman and loved to go crabbing, fishing and turkey hunting. He had a small boat and fished in the Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Chincoteague, VA and Pamlico Sound, North Carolina.

After retiring, he had more time to enjoy his family and friends. He enjoyed reading the newspaper, having breakfast with his buddies, gardening and using his Kubota, driving his Amish neighbors on errands, and taking naps.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Lou Weldon.

In addition to his wife Lucy, he is survived by two brothers, and two sisters, Bill (Phyllis) Golt, Gene (Pam) Golt, Carol Willis, and Beth Gibe, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 27, 2023 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Burial will be in Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to organizations serving the Oxford community including the Union Fire Co., No. 1 or Union Fire Co. No. 1, Ambulance Division, 315 Market St., Oxford, PA 19363 or Southern Chester County EMS - Medic 94 at

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at  

Robert Bruce McKinstry
Robert Bruce McKinstry, 98, died at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square on Dec. 22, 2023. Dr. Bob, as he was known, served the Kennett community as the town’s doctor for many years. He delivered many babies, made house calls and is still remembered affectionately by many.

Born June 19, 1925, Bob lived in Kennett Square his entire life. He was the third child of Sara Weisel and Herbert Sydney McKinstry, following older sister Eleanore and older brother Herb. Bob attended the Kennett public schools and graduated from Kennett High School in 1943. 

During World War II, Bob studied engineering at MIT and the University of Illinois in the Navy’s V-12 Program, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering. After graduation, he served in the Navy and after his discharge, worked for General Electric. At this point, Bob reconsidered his career path and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. He attended Lafayette College for an additional year to earn the credits necessary for medical school and earned his MD at Hahnemann Medical College, where his father and uncle had gone. After serving his internship at Atlantic City Hospital, Bob joined his father in his Kennett Square medical practice as a general practitioner. 

Bob met Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Romig when she was in 6th grade and he was in the 7th grade. They married in 1950 in a Quaker ceremony at Kennett Friends Meeting. They had four children, Robert Jr. (Bobby), Mary (Polly), Elizabeth (Beppy) and John. To accommodate the growing family, they accepted Betsy’s parents’ invitation to build a house on their farm, Romeade. Bob and Betsy were devoted attendees of their children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, enjoyed extended family vacations in Vermont and loved spending time with their close circle of friends in Kennett. 

Bob was multi-talented. He played varsity soccer in high school and college. When not practicing medicine, he enjoyed swimming, tennis, golfing and taking care of the farm. He was a talented musician and he enjoyed singing and playing the oboe in the Kennett Symphony Orchestra, as well as the clarinet and saxophone. In his spare time, he spent many hours mowing fields, fixing fences, maintaining his vast vegetable garden, building and maintaining his clay tennis court, and raising sheep, goats and many dogs throughout his life. A talented craftsman, Bob built beautiful furniture and could fix anything.

He also devoted time to community service. He served on the Kennett School Board and the Chester County Board of Health and raised money from physicians for the United Way. He was a member of Kennett Meeting and served on various committees there. 

Bob is predeceased by his brother and sister and his wife Betsy and was immediately followed in death by his partner, Shirley Kraft. 

He is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren, Andrew, Spencer, Katherine, Erin, Luke, Troy, Casey and Sam, six great-grandchildren, Sylvia, Graham, Mabel, Eleanor, Reid, Tommy and Murray and many nieces and nephews. 

The memorial service was held on Dec. 28 at Kennett Friends Meetinghouse in Kennett Square. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kennett Friends Meeting, the Westtown School or the Kennett Library. 

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.

Cheryl A. Rendler
Cheryl A. Rendler, a resident of Nottingham, passed away on Dec. 20, 2023 while at home. She was 64.

She was the wife of Francis “Bo” C. Rendler, with whom she shared 45 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Jean Buffington Arrowood.

Cheryl was employed with Pocopson Home in West Chester for 37 years as a certified nursing assistant and in the office of medical records. She was also an Avon representative for 30 years. 

She is survived by her husband, one son, Randy C. Rendler (Betsy) of Buckingham, VA, and seven grandchildren, Joel Figueroa (Hannah) of Kirkwood, Kelvin Figueroa of Oxford, Jonathan Figueroa of Oxford, Randy Rendler, Jr. of Shippensburg, Harley Rendler of Shippensburg, Wyatt Rendler of Buckingham, VA and David Werneth of Fla. She is also survived by one great-grandson, Tru Emilio Figueroa of Kirkwood, one brother, Gary Arrowood (Ayshie) of Oregon, OH, six sisters, Deborah McComsey (John) of Christiana, Pa., Linda Kilgore Herr (Keith) of Millersville, Bonnie Kennelly (Jim) of IA, Dottie Greer of Oxford, Denise Hilton (Tink) of Coatesville and Dena Arrowood of Oxford.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Arrowood and a sister, Susan Arrowood.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 28, 2023 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at