Victor Boyko

Victor Boyko

Victor Boyko, of Swedesboro, NJ passed away peacefully at Manor Care nursing home on January 19, 2020.  Born in Ukraine, his family fled multiple times during WWII escaping both German and Soviet forces.  Eventually they ended up in Munich, but these were difficult times and food was scarce.  In order to survive, he sold cigarettes, coffee, chocolate and whiskey given to him by American soldiers.  In December 1952, Victor came to the United States, sponsored by his own mother.  He was drafted in the Army in late 1953, became a citizen in November of 1954, and served until October 1955 when he was honorably discharged. 

He attended the University of Pennsylvania on the GI Bill, but his love of aviation lured him out west.  In California, he worked for GE and was a flight instructor.  By 1966 he was still pursuing aviation and attended flight school at the Ag Aviation Academy in Minden, Nevada.  Eventually he returned to the Philadelphia area where he worked in various engineering jobs for Boeing, Lockheed, and RCA until he retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center as a Marine Equipment Specialist. 

Fluent in four languages:  Ukrainian, Russian, German and English, he loved wide, open fields and the sound of big band music.  He owned two RVs and used them to travel to airshows.   Married to Mary for 42 years, he has two daughters, Natalie Deutsch and husband Michael; Stefanie Deery and husband CJ; grandchildren Mikey and Rosalie.

Come celebrate 87 great years Friday, January 24, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro.  Donations in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society ( are appreciated.


  1. Mary Cummings says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a man who did not let adversity conquer him. He led a very eventful life. You picked a “winner”. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.

  2. Bonnie Gallagher says:

    My Condolence to the Boyko family. RIP Vic

  3. Bohdan and Nina Nakoneczny says:

    Dear Myrosia,,
    We are very sorry for your loss and want you to know that Victor will always be in our hearts. If we can be of any assistance, please reach out to us.

  4. Mark & Marie Minniti says:

    We will always remember you Vic. May you Rest In Peace and watch over your family.

  5. Maryfrances Davis says:

    I remember, Myrosia, seeing your smile for the first time when Victor proudly brought you to meet us. Our silly silver dining room brought out the light in your eyes. We shall all miss him.

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