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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Donald R. Boehmke

Issue Date: December 27, 2017

Donald R. Boehmke, 93, Beloved Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather went home for his Savior's birthday party December 25, 2017 with family and friends by his side.

He was born August 17, 1924, son of the late Frederick (John) and Ida (Martin) of Crivitz. He spent his childhood growing up in the Crivitz area. He actually passed away a little more than 200 yards from where he was born.

He enlisted in the United States Army in March 1941 and served as a tank commander while stationed in the Philippines. He saw combat in the Battle of Leyte. A battle most historians consider the turning point the WWII Pacific Theater. He was actually less than half a mile down the beach from where General Douglas McArthur made his famous speech and declaration "I have returned".

A fiercely patriotic veteran, Don never stopped supporting fellow comrades whenever possible and had a special place in his heart for veteran causes. Returning home after 3 years of service, he was introduced to and later married the love of his life, the former Ardith (Ardy) Ellis of Marinette on August 30, 1947.

He worked in Milwaukee for over 31 years at Inland Steel (Inryco, Inc.), retiring at age 53.  He and his wife moved back to Crivitz. He spent 33 years traveling to South Texas where they enjoyed the winter months primarily in Pharr, Texas, until Ardy's health became an issue and they could no longer travel. She preceded him in death the following June (upon their last winter in Texas) after almost 67 years of marriage.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years and traveling not only to Texas, but all over the continental United States.

He is survived by his 3 children, Bryon (Jolayne), Cindy (Jerry) Herrell and Tom (Judy); 7 grandchildren, Jason (Erin), Adam (Taylor), Andy (Amanda) Herrell, Nick (Naomi) Boehmke, Melissa (Devon) Noltner, Heather (Jason) Wold and Rachel Boehmke. He also had 7 great-grandchildren, Isaiah (Autumn) Kostreva, Alexus Wold, Daphne Herrell, Sophia Noltner, Colton Wold, Ethan Noltner and Addison Herrell.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, all 3 of his brothers, Frederick, Kenneth and Elmer and his only sister, Norma Kradecki.

The family will greet relatives and friends at Faith Presbyterian Church in Crivitz on Saturday December 30th, 2017 from 9-11 am. The service will be at 11 am with Pastor David Pleuss officiating. Military honors will be given following the service. Donald will be laid to rest at the Forest Home Cemetery in Crivitz.

Any monetary contributions will be given to the Crivitz VFW Post 2063 and Crivitz American Legion Netzel-Zenz Post 413 where he was a member of both for over 50 years. Please visit www.rhodescharapata.com to leave online condolences.




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