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Boehmer, Joseph "Joe" Joe moved on to a better place and departed on the Eternal Voyage to join his parents, Joseph and Gertrude, his infant brother James Francis and loving sister Barbara Ann on Sunday, January 20, 2013, after a brief and determined battle against lung cancer. He fought the good fight, but it was not to be. Joe was born on July 30, 1946, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin and grew up on nearby Sauk City, graduating from Sauk Prairie High School in 1964. Joe was drafted into the Army and was stationed in both Fort Leonardwood, Missouri and Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he graduated from Officer Candidate School as a Second Lieutenant with a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) as an armored reconnaissance unit commander. In 1968, Joe was transferred to the Republic of Vietnam where he served from March 1968 until December 1969. Joe was assigned to the 1st Squadron 10th Calvary near Pleiku City in the Central Highlands where he served as a platoon leader and eventually Troop Commander of A Troop, 1st of the Tenth Calvary. Joe was awarded three Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantry Badger and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for his service. He finished his Army career as a Captain in Grafenwoehr, Germany. After his discharge in 1970, Joe enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, majored in accounting and graduated with a Business Degree in 1974, during which time he supported himself as a meter reader for the City of Madison. After graduation, Joe was hired by the international accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co. He became partner in the firm and served many closely held clients in the Enterprise Division over his 27 year career as a Certified Public Accountant, trusted confidant and friend. As a testament to Joe's professional competence, objective advice and true concern for his clients, upon Joe's retirement in 2001, many of these clients asked him to serve on their boards of directors. But it was as a mentor for which Joe will be most remembered. He was always there for staff and his peers alike and willingly provided both counsel and encouragement to anyone who needed it. He worked with many young professionals imparting valuable business and life lessons that had a positive impact on their careers. Joe was always the friend at the firm you could count on. Shortly after his retirement, Joe joined J.W. Speaker Corporation, where he proudly served as Chief Financial Officer until his illness required that he step down. Joe is survived by his beautiful and loving wife Piera, their two sons James and Joseph, father-in-law Francesco (Prospera) Bordignon and brother-in-law David Bordignon, his loyal dog companions Fergusson, Brodee and Gabriel, as well as Jasper the cockatoo who knows only "Dad". He is also survived by a legion of friends, both here and in Australia. Visitation at the Harder Funeral Home on Saturday, January 26 from 4-6 PM. Funeral Service at 6 PM, followed by full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials for Joseph's adaptive vehicle fund are appreciated. Joe was one of the good guys! There will never be anyone like him again! "WINE AND FRESH HORSES FOR MY MEN"
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Jan. 23, 2013
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