Joseph Willard (McCafferty) Boyd

Joseph Willard (McCafferty) Boyd

Nov 29, 1945 – Aug 18, 2017

Third child of Willard C. Boyd and Marie (Hourigan).  His mother passed away during his birth, and his dad, unable to care for a baby, asked Marie’s sister and brother-in-law, William and Agnes McCafferty, if they would let the baby live with them.  There was no hesitation; they welcomed Joe and he immediately had six new siblings.  He referred to them as Mom and Dad and sisters and brother.  In addition to his mother, Joe was preceded in death by his father, Willard; brother, William Tom Boyd; sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary (Boyd) and Dick Nolan; brothers-in-law, Bill DuVall, Steve Burns, Jim Gibb, Tom Nastase, and Jack Zimmerman; “Mom and Dad” Agnes and Bill McCafferty; father-in-law, Stephen D. Costello.

Joe grew up in Omaha, attending Holy Angels Grade School and Holy Name High School.  He worked 25 years for UPRR—4 years in Omaha as an apprentice, and 21years in North Platte, NE as a carman.  He continued to live in North Platte until 2007 when he and Linda came back to Omaha.

Joe is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda (Costello); sons: Jeffrey Boyd (Denise), Rev. Benjamin Boyd, and Kevin Boyd (Alexandra); daughter, Jodi DeBoer (Jay); McCaffertys: sisters, Winnie Sage (Bill), Peggy Hoskins (Martin), Gerrie Zimmerman, Mary Nastase, and Kathy Griffith (Dick); brother, William J McCafferty (Mary); 13 grandchildren: Fiona, Nicholas and Sophie Boyd, Paul, Adam, Isaac, Jane, Lucy and Gregory DeBoer, Andrew, Sean, Ashley and Bailey Boyd; many nieces and nephews; lifelong friend, Larry Huston.

The family will receive friends Thursday, August 24th from 5pm to 7pm at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 So. 86th St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Friday, August 25th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Patrick Catholic Church in North Platte, NE; North Platte Catholic Schools; Holy Name Catholic Church-Omaha; St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church-Omaha; and Christ the King Catholic Church.




  • Curtis Rogers Posted August 21, 2017 7:21 am

    Sorry for your loss. God bless your family in this tough time.

  • Kay Bourn Posted August 21, 2017 8:43 am

    I have very fond memories of Joe and his family and our softball family. May you rest in heavenly peace Joe.

  • Father Gerald Harr Posted August 21, 2017 1:42 pm

    To all the Boyds: My condolences and prayers. I left North Platte
    St Pat’s 28 years ago but I do recall so clearly the splendid faith example of your family. No wonder our Lord chose one of you to be His priest .
    He will be good to Joe forever…Fr. Harr

  • Maggie (Schroeder) Houpt Posted August 21, 2017 2:38 pm

    Linda I am so sorry for your loss. He was always such a friendly and happy person especially when I ran into him cleaning the church. He was a great inspiration. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Maggie (Schroeder) Houpt Posted August 21, 2017 3:26 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Linda. Really enjoyed running into and visiting with him while he cleaned the Church. Always had a smile on his face. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Teresa Helie Posted August 21, 2017 4:00 pm

    Joe was a good man. He helped me many times for set up in classes at St. Pats, and he was always found at games and meets! God is richer in Heaven…Rest In Peace Joe. My condolences to Linda and Ben and the rest of his family.?

  • Monika and Gordon Sainsbury Posted August 22, 2017 11:05 am

    Our sincere condolences to Linda and the whole Boyd family. He created a wonderful family and his memory will live on forever.

  • Luke Ranck Posted August 22, 2017 1:27 pm

    Dear Linda and Family<know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.God Bless You!
    Luke and Fran Ranck

  • Chris Miller Posted August 22, 2017 4:51 pm

    Sarah and I are praying for you and your family.


  • Ray Allen Posted August 22, 2017 5:54 pm

    I didnt know Joe well, but I was fortunate enough to go to canada with him fishing. Im sure he is a lot farther North now, Fishing for the big ones. God Bless Him and all of Your family at this time of Your loss. I know he will be missed!

  • Audrey and Larry Harris Posted August 22, 2017 7:10 pm

    Linda, we are so sorry to hear that Joe passed. He was so much fun at all the JOT events. What a good guy! He was taken way to soon for all he leaves behind. I am guessing he was the best grandpa ever. Our prayers are with you Linda and your family.

  • Delaney Grider and her family Posted August 23, 2017 8:40 pm

    I’m so sorry for your lost we will keep you and your family in our prayers

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