Richard “Dick” Boie – West Central Tribune

Richard “Dick” Leroy Boie, 93, of Belgrade and Sun City West, Arizona, died Sunday, December 19, 2021 at the Belgrade Retirement Home. A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday July 23, 2022 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Belgrade.

Richard was born in Belgrade in 1928, the fourth child and eldest son of John and Eleanor (Quisberg) Boie. He attended schools in the Belgrade area and was a member of the Belgrade High School class of 1946. After high school, he traveled with friends to California. While in California, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1948 and was stationed in Korea, occupied Japan, and various locations in the United States. After his honorable discharge in 1954, he attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He married Florence Gerwing in Milwaukee in 1955. They made Milwaukee their home and then moved to Sussex, Wisconsin where they lived for over 30 years. Richard worked for the United States Postal Service in Milwaukee for 36 years.

After his retirement, he and Florence moved to Sun City West, Arizona. During the winters, they hosted friends and relatives in their home in Arizona and faithfully attended high school basketball games – whether at home, away or even out of state. – trained by their son, John. During the summer, they spent time with family and friends in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Maryland. His family was the light of his life, especially his two grandchildren, whom he loved very much.

After Florence’s death in 2011, Richard bought a house in Belgrade and continued to divide his time between Minnesota and Arizona. Richard loved to travel and enjoyed long distances across the country all his adult life, whether accompanied by family members, friends or alone. He completed his last solo cross-country trip between Belgrade and Arizona in February 2021. The two-day trip included several inches of blowing snow in Wyoming; he later described it as having been “pretty fun”.

He was a wonderfully patient teacher, whether he was explaining the mysteries of the binary system of math and how computers work to a 10-year-old child or teaching his family members how to drive. Richard could also repair almost anything, using whatever was at hand.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Rita (Paul) Arthur; son, Jean (Jean); granddaughter, Kylie (Steven Czarnecki) Boie; grandson, Robert Arthur; siblings, Ramona Mohs, Dorothy Tangen Bahe, Janet Romness, James (Kathy); and his sister-in-law, Darlene Boie. His parents predeceased him; his wife; and six siblings, Elaine Rose, Muriel Dixon, Harriet Drake, David, Roger and Lyle.

The family would like to express a heartfelt “thank you” to Belgrade Nursing Home for their professional care and kindness to Richard and our family after Richard’s stroke.

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