Raymond ‘Boyd’ Schell

Raymond Boyd Schell of Lawrence, KS died Monday, November 1st, 2021, at 85 years of age.

He was born December 29th, 1935 in Alton, MO. He was the son of Lorin Elwin Schell and Lillie Mae Schell and grew up in West Plains, MO, where he attended high school in Thomasville,  MO.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1964, during the Korean War which he was deployed from 1959 to 1960. He was discharged with a rank of SP5 E5 with an award for marksman (carbine).

Most people remember him as Boyd Schell, sole  proprietor of Lawrence Window Cleaning from 1960 until 2019. He had numerous photographs and stories written about him over his many years of washing windows on Massachusetts Street and all over the city in the Lawrence-Journal World.

He married Dianna Dean Helm on September 3rd, 1956 in Miami, OK. She died on September 21, 2017. They were devoted to each other for 61 years at the time of her death.

He is survived by his daughters, Christa Rene Sharpsteen and Robin Rae Bayless; two grandchildren, Whitney Renea Dilegge and Raymond Douglas Butler; and one great grandchild, Ty Beau Dilegge.

He was the youngest of 7 children. He is survived by his sister, Jenny Pitcock of West Plains, MO who is now 96 years of age. Gurtie Watkins, Gordon Schell, Glen Joseph Schell, Alfred “Lee” Schell and Robert Schell all predeceased him.

Boyd and “Dee” were avid bowlers and Boyd bowled a 300 game at a tournament in another city. They were in numerous leagues over the years at Hillcrest Bowl and then Royal Lanes. They enjoyed each other’s company as well as the company of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital  501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

No public services are planned at this time.