BOGGS David L. "Eldorado Duke" Boggs, age 72, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Centerburg Pointe following a year long illness. He was born on September 28, 1939 in Columbus to the late Proctor Boggs and Beatrice (Steele) Boggs of Pataskala. A graduate of Watkins High School in 1957, he served briefly in the US Army. A lifelong police officer, his career in law enforcement spanned 47 years. He proudly served with the departments of The Ohio State University, Dublin, Columbus, DSCC, and the Knox County Sherriff Auxiliary. Forever the aspiring cowboy, he fulfilled his dream by becoming a founding director of the North Ohio Outlaws Chapter of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association. His idol was the " The Duke", which he grew to emulate. He was also a member of the Single Action Shooting Society, American Quarter Horse Assoc., FOP, Centerburg Conservation Club, AM Vets, and Knox County Horse Park. A certified firearms instructor, he was also a member of the NRA. As a participant in the Ohio Police Olympics, he won gold medals in numerous divisions of competition. Being a lifelong gun buff he enjoyed skeet, clay, and cowboy shooting, as well as anything with horses and the old west. He also played the guitar as a member of several bands, and was an outstanding teacher. Fun loving, he was dedicated to every task, especially his family. Considered a flirt, he was protective in nature and personally private. He treasured his family, but was happiest running and gunning on his horse in the country. In addition to his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his former spouse, J. Ann Cordle; children, Cheyenne (Jamie) Boggs of Lancaster, Ammie Boggs of Centerburg; grandchildren, Alexis and Elizabeth; his aunt who he considered his sister, Ina Kerston; his beloved horse, Annie and dog, Duke; as well as countless friends and fellow cowboys too many to mention. Friends may call Wednesday 3-7 p.m. at the DeVORE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, SR's 3 at 61 in Sunbury. A cowboy funeral celebrating the life "Eldorado Duke" will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Centerburg Church of Christ. His horse drawn funeral caisson and posse will circle up following the service for his final ride to Eastview Cemetery in Centerburg. Everyone is then invited to a cowboy chuck wagon at a location to be determined immediately following the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Northern Ohio Outlaws. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com Happy Trails.."Eldorado Duke"
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 28, 2012