Father honors son with one last ride

(Photos Courtesy of the Boozer family)

Motorcyclists rally to escort fallen soldier

LINCOLN CITY — A legion of motorcycles will send a rumble out across Lincoln City on June 20, when the community comes together to escort Staff Sergeant Kyle Roland Boozer to his final resting place at Willamette National Cemetery.

The sergeant was killed while riding his own motorcycle on May 17, when a car crossed three lanes of traffic and failed to see him in the last lane they were entering. Kyle had been promoted to the rank of E6 Staff Sergeant on May 1 and had married just one week before the accident. He is survived by his wife, Merly; his parents, Bret and Julie Boozer; his brother, Donald, and sisters, Cynthia, Katrina and Michelle; as well as his five nieces and two nephews.

The number of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes each year in the U.S. averages around 30,000, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, but Kyle’s family never thought he would be one of them. His father, Bret Boozer, told the News-Times that in addition to being a career soldier on his third enlistment in the army, Kyle sat on two councils for teaching and safe riding.

“He was a very, very responsible individual, more so than I’ve ever come across,” said Bret. “And I’m not just saying that because I’m his father, but because of what I’ve seen him do … he’s always made the right decisions. And that’s what makes it so hard, because we know good and well that he wasn’t screwing around. Somebody else was not paying attention to what they were doing and he paid the price for it.”

It was Bret’s idea to have a “last ride” for Kyle. The two had never ridden road bikes together, though he had gotten his son into motorcycling. This ride is a way to escort Kyle without harassment, while honoring him with his favorite hobby and giving him his first, and last, ride with his father.

The Boozer family invites all who ride motorcycles to join the group escorting Kyle to Willamette National Cemetery on Thursday morning for his burial. The group will meet at Tony’s Top Shop & Upholstery, located at the intersection of SW 12th Street and Highway 101 in Lincoln City, and will be departing at 8:30 a.m. The interment will take place at 11 a.m. that day.

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