John Henry Boxley III was born on August 26, 1952 in Frankfurt, Germany. His parents were John Henry Boxley Jr. and Geraldine Joan Crawford-Boxley both of whom are now deceased. John grew up in Ft. Riley, KS and moved to Junction City, KS at the age of 8. He graduated from Junction City High School in 1970. After graduating high school he and his high school sweetheart had a daughter named Dana.

He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1973. He completed the Men's Boot camp in San Diego, California. Throughout his military career he served as an Infantry Platoon SGT., a Senior Drill Instructor, and a Rifleman. His military journey landed him in several places such as Italy and France. He received various awards and medals during his service such as the National Defense Service Ribbon (NDSM), The Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC), the Certificate of Commendation, The Good Conduct Medal (GCM W/1*), Merit Mast (2) and The Sea Deployment Ribbon (SSDR).

He was later transferred to Quantico, Va where he met and married Sharon Clouser (Boxley). He settled down in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area in 1981 and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps on January 31, 1984. He and Sharon had three sons. He worked for the Geico Insurance Agency for 10 years. He went on to further his education receiving an Associate in Arts Degree in Business Administration in 1996 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1997, all while providing for his three sons as a single father.

John had a tough exterior but a soft heart. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and open his doors to those in need.

On July 27, 2017, John was promoted to his heavenly home to serve eternally in the Lord's Corps, to never look back on the toils of this world.
He is survived by his sister Pamela June Alvarado and his four children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. His daughter Dana King (James) and her children Ashley, James II (Kyran and Avery) and Kwintin of Chicago IL. John J. Boxley (Lakisha) and their children Ariana, Angel, Amaiya, and Malakhi, Edwin N. Boxley and his children Rebecca and Elijah and Daniel T. Boxley all of Fredericksburg, Va.

******Our Hero*****
When Freedom needed heroes to answer duty's call, you packed your bags and left home for the greater good of all.
And though we can't be with you, we still do understand, your journey here has ended you are now in the Lord's Hands.
You represent so many things although you are not here. Courage, Faith and Honor, the message is quite clear.

Although your job is finished, you're in your heavenly home to stay. Remember you're our hero and in our hearts you will stay.