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William Ray "Bill" Boggess

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William Ray "Bill" Boggess Obituary
BOGGESS William "Bill" Ray Boggess, born in Baltimore in 1926, passed away on September 26, 2011. He was preceded in death by his mother and father Mabel and Lyle Boggess, sister Shirley Crist and infant brother Ned Boggess. Bill was a WW II veteran serving on the Navy USS Atherton DE-169, which was credited with destroying the last German U-boat 853, off Block Island, RI on May 6, 1945. After the war, he attended the Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science and joined funeral homes in Wooster and Columbus. In 1955, he joined Nationwide Insurance Co. and after 30 years retired in 1985 as a district claims manager. He is survived by his wife, Marie; and their two daughters, Penny Jo Stephens of Lancaster and Sally Ann (Ned) Rissberger of Florida; nieces and nephews, Melanie (Tim) King, Jennifer Crist, Greg Crist and Kenny (Sherri) Crist. Bill was a member of Baltimore Lodge #0475, F. &A.M., Life Member of the American Legion, member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #955, member of The Elks, Life Member of AmVets and Life Member of VFW Post #1380. Throughout the years, he enjoyed spending time at the family lake homes at Burr Oak and Buckeye Lake where he renovated each one, creating fond memories and making them a special place for family gatherings. He so enjoyed his pontoon boats while exploring the lakes with family and friends as well as traveling to Florida to spend time with his daughters. He liked to garden, work at his tool bench and fix anything broken. His sense of humor was legendary whether he was aggravating others or playing a practical joke- Bill loved a good laugh. He will be sadly missed. Memorial donations may be made to FairHope Hospice, c/o of the Pickering House, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, OH 43130. ".Oh Devine Master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life." --St. Francis of Assisi Dignity Cremation service under the direction of HALTEMAN-FETT & DYER FUNERAL HOME, Lancaster, Ohio. On-line condolences may be made at www.haltemanfettdyer.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Sept. 28, 2011
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