BOXHORN - William W. Construction Union Tradesman and Veteran, October 21, 2012. Bill Boxhorn was a skilled plasterer with the talent to repair ornamental plaster along with being a member of the Carpenters Union. During his 30+ year-profession, he worked for Seitz Plastering, Mader Corporation, Boxhorn Plastering and retired from B&B Boxhorn in 1984. He was born in Buffalo, NY on July 27, 1921 and later moved to Lancaster, NY, where he attended Depew High School. He and his six siblings worked at their parents' restaurant, Boxie's, on the northeast corner of Transit Rd. and Genesee St., during the late 1930s-'40s, where he acquired the family passion for playing cards and his lifelong affinity for autos. He served in the South Pacific as an Army Medic during WW-II. He traveled by train from Buffalo to Fort Niagara, where he was inducted into the service and embarked to Arkansas for basic training. While serving, he saw major combat in New Guinea, the liberation of The Philippines, along with many other Islands of the South Pacific. His regiment was waiting off the coast of Japan when the Japanese surrendered. After a brief occupation of Northern Japan, he returned to Western New York. On the 50th anniversary of V-J Day, he received a phone call from a war buddy from Minnesota who he had not spoken to or saw since the end of the war. After the conversation, he mentioned that when the phone rang he knew who was calling. He was awarded three Bronze Stars while in combat. along with many other decorations. He is survived by his wife Maryann (nee Foisset) and was preceded in death by his first wife Josephine (nee Cunningham). He was the father of Margaret A. (Robert) Whittaker, William J. (Sally) Boxhorn, Rosemary Maute, Richard (Diane L.) Boxhorn and stepfather of Kathleen (Mark) Bossinger, Paul Reamsnyder and Liana Godzik. He was the son of the late Frank and Gertrude Boxhorn; brother of Joseph (Marilyn) Boxhorn and the late Frank (late Ethel), Herbert, George (late Betty), Harold (late Virginia) Boxhorn, Louise (late Albert) Hartel; brother-in-law of Gloria Boxhorn; also survived by 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A Church Service will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption, 1 St. Mary's Hill, Lancaster, NY 14086 on Monday, October 29 at 9:30 AM, followed by a lunch at Desiderio's, 5827 Broadway and Bowen, Lancaster, 14086.
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Published in the Buffalo News on Oct. 28, 2012