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MIDDLETOWN - Harry G. Boward, 85, of
Middletown, died peacefully at his home on Friday, Feb. 20, 2008, at
3:27 a.m., surrounded by his loving wife of 58 1/2 years and his
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Middletown
United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Ervin
Burial will be in Irish Grove Cemetery, where
military rites will be conducted by American Legion
Mr. Boward drove a semi for more than 40
years and retired in 1986 from FS.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, from
1941 to 1945.
He was born July 24, 1923, at Middletown to Carl
and Lucille Prince Boward. He married Esther Rankin
on Oct. 15, 1950, at Middletown.
He is survived by his wife, of Middletown; one
daughter, Cheryl (and Greenie) McGill of
Springfield; one son, Kevin (and Lee Ann) Boward of
Saunemin; one sister, Faye (and Delbert) Gresham of
Atlanta; five grandchildren, Deana Jones of Lincoln,
Amy (and Scott) Weidhuner of Carlinville, Jennifer
Long of Springfield, Zachary Laubenstein (and Sarah
Gronow) of Aurora and Hannah Boward of Mount
Pulaski; four great-grandchildren, Tabatha Weidhuner,
Kristy Weidhuner, Michael Jones and Isabella
McCarthy; and extended family members Beth Stewart
and Kathy Boward.
One son, Harry Dean Boward, and four brothers
preceded him in death.
He was a member of Middletown United Methodist
Church and American Legion Post 672. He served as
chief of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department
for many years and helped organize the first Fourth
of July fireworks in Middletown. He was also a
member of the Middletown school board.
He was the oldest living male resident of
Middletown. He was born in Middletown, died in
Middletown and lived his entire 85 years there.
His favorite hobby was to drive the country roads
looking for deer, and the fields of Coonsburg did
not disappoint him.
He touched so many lives with his sense of humor,
smile and stories. He will be deeply missed by his
loving family and all of the friends he made during
Memorials may be made to Middletown United
Methodist Church, the family of Harry G. Boward or a
charity of the donor's choice.
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