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BILLINGS Richard Boese, 77, died Monday, Nov. 12, at his home in Billings after suffering a stroke in late April.

Cremation will take place. Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Billings Family Fellowship Church, 8885 Danford Ave. (off of Duck Creek Road), Billings. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Richard was born in Kennebec, S.D., on Nov. 8, 1935, to Richard Benjamin "Bennie" Boese and Thelma (Johnson) Boese. He graduated from Kennebec High School and attended college in Springfield, S.D.Richard married Marilyn Brown on Oct. 21, 1956, in Kennebec. They lived in South Dakota until moving to Colstrip in July 1965.

Richard worked a few years for Gallant Construction Company, building homes on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Later, he worked for 13 years for Long Construction Company as an electrician in the coal mine at Colstrip. He had his own construction company in Colstrip for several years and drove school buses for the Colstrip School System for 18 years. Richard served on the Colstrip Fire Department for 20 years, including several as fire chief.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Bennie and Thelma Boese; and his brother, David Boese.

Survivors include four daughters, Terri (Don) Ryan of Great Falls, Debbie (Marc) Swanson of Glasgow, Donna (Rick) Lewis of Hysham and Sandy Boese of Glasgow; and one son, Douglas Boese of Great Falls. Grandchildren include Bill (Tara) Ryan of Butte, Annie (John) Fitzgerald of Red Lodge, Sean Ryan of Great Falls, Carly Ryan of Washington, Dee Ryan of Great Falls, Sarah (Josh Partridge) Swanson of Glasgow, Kim (Matt Ward) Swanson of Denver, Whitney (Lane) Billing of Glasgow, Michael (Adriann) Lewis of Great Falls, Brandi Shankle of Laurel and Rachel Boese of Glasgow. Great-grandchildren include Kate and Nolan Fitzgerald, Cale Swanson, Brielle, Devin and Addie Lewis. Richard's siblings include Rosalie (Kenneth) Hehn of San Angelo, Texas, Mary Ann (Steve) Ellis of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Susan (Ron) Munson of Minneapolis. Richard is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and his faithful yellow lab, Sheba.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's name to the Colstrip Fire Department, the Alpine Vet Clinic or a local animal shelter.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 14, 2012
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