Frederick Max Boehme 1932-2013
Fred Boehme died September 7, 2013 at home in Juneau, Alaska after a short illness. Fred was born in San Francisco on June 4, 1932 to Arlyne (Colin) and Fred Boehme; he was raised by his mother and step-father, Howard Lewis in Los Gatos and Santa Cruz, CA.
Fred is survived by his wife, Jo Boehme of Juneau, his sister, Susan Strulo, (Bodrum, Turkey), his daughters Jeanne Hutchinson (Indio, CA), Lee Rankin (Carmel Valley, CA) and four grandsons. Fred was pre-deceased by his parents and step-father.
Following schooling at Santa Cruz High School, Fred joined the Navy where he learned navigation and his love of the sea. Fred began his career in the construction materials business as a dispatcher with Graniterock in Watsonville, CA. During his 25+ years with the company, he attended business management at Stanford University, advanced to vice president, and developed environmental protection innovations that were new to the commercial concrete industry.
In his first of several retirements, Fred single-handed his sailboat in the South Pacific. He met his wife Joanne Lawlor (Jo) in Honolulu in 1982; they married in 1985. Their adventures together included several years sailing in French Polynesia and Hawaii, land-based in Wahiawa, Hawaii for 8 years and relocation to Juneau, Alaska in 1994.
Fred had a knack for business; he owned a series of small businesses couldn't stay retired too long. He authored, "A Cruising Guide to French Polynesia" based on his travels in the 1980s. He was an avid amateur radio operator; he helped run the Pacific Maritime Net (call sign KH6UY) for many years assisting sailors travel safely through storms, emergencies and just plain boredom on long ocean passages. He volunteered with the Alaska Boating Safety Advisory Council for the past several years.
Fred was a pilot, skier, sailor, entrepreneur, husband, dad, brother, friend. Fred was cremated; a private service was held. Fred asked that memorial contributions be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau in thanks for the compassionate, skilled end of life care he received. Their address is 419 Sixth St., Juneau, AK 99801.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Sept. 13, 2013