Robert Claire Boardman, 83, Frazee, died Friday, September 4, 2009, at the Frazee Care Center, under the care of Hospice. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2009, at 11 a.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, MN with Reverend William Aufdenkamp officiating. Burial will follow the service at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Frazee. Visitation is scheduled at Furey Funeral Home, Frazee, MN, on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, from 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., and also one hour prior to the service at the church.
Robert Claire Boardman was born April 11, 1926, at Grenora, ND, to Chase and Mabel (Wheeler) Boardman. He moved with his family to the Overly, Omemee ND area, where he rode horse to school. They then moved to Dunseith, ND, where he graduated from High School in 1944. He was inducted into the Army in 1945, and served in the military police, guarding the air base in Jamaica. He attended North Dakota Agricultural College (NDSU), graduating in Agriculture, with honors, in 1951. He taught the Veteran's Agriculture Program for two years, before moving to Frazee in 1953 to start a technician unit for Minnesota Valley Breeders Association, which later became 21st Century Genetics. In 1954, he married Betty Gienger in Gardena, ND. They made their home in Frazee, where they raised three children. In 1957, Bob became district manager and traveled for the next 40 years throughout North Dakota and western Minnesota. In addition to supervising distributors, he trained farmers to do their own breeding. He received many awards in the cattle breeding field.
Bob took pleasure in music. He played in an old-time band, entertaining many nursing home residents. He loved to dance, traveling great distances to dance to polka bands. He was actively involved with the Frazee Oktoberfest. He was active at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, serving as head usher for many years, on the church council, and playing guitar in the Praise Band. He enjoyed yard work, mowing the grass and taking care of the elk.
He is survived by his wife Betty; sons, David (Charleen) of Wahpeton, ND and Gary (Dawn) of Tulsa, OK; daughter Donna (Terry) Atherton of Moorhead, MN; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother Don (Irene) of Bottineau, ND; sisters, Luella (Ralph) Bjornseth of Bottineau, ND and Joyce (Jim) Smith of Chicago, IL; and sister-in-law Edna Boardman of Bismarck, ND.
Preceding Bob in death were his parents, brother Harold and sister Agnes Peltier.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Arc West Central, Hospice of the Red River Valley or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are with Furey Funeral Home, Frazee, MN 218-334-2461