Dr. William A. Boies
SPIRIT LAKE – Memorial Mass for Dr. William A. Boies, 93, of Spirit Lake and formerly Estherville will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spirit Lake with Father James Smith as Celebrant. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with the family present from 5-8 p.m. Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Lakeview Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake with military graveside rites by Timpe American Legion No. 23 of Spirit Lake.
He died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake.
Dr. William A. Boies was born in Pisgah on Oct. 19, 1916, to Fred and Leila Griffith Boies
He graduated from Logan High School in 1933 and continued his education at the University of Iowa and Creighton Dental School. On Dec. 26, 1940, Bill married his High School sweetheart, Claudia Cecil, and they began their life together in Omaha, Neb. After graduation from Creighton in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving as a dentist with the 233rd Searchlight Battalion in Guam, the Fiji Islands and the Philippines. At the conclusion of WWII, Bill returned to the United States to begin his dental practice in Estherville. He practiced until 1987 and then retired to live in Okoboji, spending winter months in Destin, Fla. He lost his partner in life, Claudia, on April 26, 2008.
Bill was a member of the VFW, Knights of Columbus and Rotary. He was active in many civic organizations during his lifetime and was known as a caring and giving man. Skiing, golfing, and boating provided him with pleasure and stories to share with his family in later years. He was curious, witty and a life-long learner. He was an inspiration to his children and grandchildren as he continued to be interested in learning new things until his death. He challenged others to strive for knowledge and to enjoy life and the natural wonders in the world. His sense of humor and his charm will be remembered by all that knew him.
Dr. Boies is survived by five children: Mickey Ludden and her husband Mike, Omaha, Neb.; Patsy Donovan, Spirit Lake; Bill Boies and his wife, Avis, California, Mo.; John Boies and his wife Carole, Lincoln, Neb. and Jim Boies and his wife, Elizabeth, Portland, Ore. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; niece, Kay Biggerstaff; sister-in-law, Maxine Cecil and many nieces and nephews. On-line condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com.