GENOA – Karl Duane Boekenhauer, 77, of Genoa, Ill., died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Bethany Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb.|
Born Sept. 2, 1934, at Eastside Hospital in Waterman, the son of Karl Vernon and Margaret (Thompson) Boekenhauer, Duane attended Waterman schools and graduated from Waterman High School in 1952. After attending Northern Illinois State Teachers College, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1955 to 1956. Upon separating from the Army, Duane was employed by Illinois Pork Producers.
He married H. Maxine Duvall on April 28, 1962. Upon his transfer to the Chicago Stockyards area, they moved to Oak Park. While in the Chicago area, he worked for Kropp Forge Company. In 1970, Duane moved his family to Genoa in DeKalb County and worked for Automatic Electric from 1970 to 1987. After leaving AE, he was employed as a senior toll taker for the Illinois Toll Highway Authority from 1987 until his retirement in 2005.
He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Genoa, which he served as treasurer for many years. He served as president of Little League for two years. A member of Genoa Lions Club for 40 years, Duane received the prestigious Melvin Jones Award. He served as Genoa Township clerk for 25 years. As a retiree, Duane became a member of the Coffee Hour at Pete's in Genoa.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maxine; son, Kent (Dayna) Boekenhauer of Sycamore; daughter, Andrea (Marc) Dupuis of Maine; eight grandchildren; sister, Janet Erikson of Chicago; sister-in-law, Carol Duvall of Buckeye, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Burt Sargeant of Issaquah, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister-in-law, Oletta Sargeant of Issaquah.
The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 25, at Faith United Methodist Church, 325 S. Stott St., Genoa, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Diss officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be at North Clinton Cemetery, Waterman. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Karl D. Boekenhauer Memorial Fund, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on June 16, 2012