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Merle F. Boeken

Birth date: February 19, 1924
Death date: March 11, 2012

Merle F. Boeken, of Ellsworth, Kansas, retired farmer, died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the age of 88.
Merle was born February 19, 1924 in rural Ellsworth county to Fred and Laura (Kihn) Boeken. He was a lifelong Ellsworth county resident and spent many years in the community of Lorraine.
Following his father's death, being the eldest, Merle took the responsibility of helping raise his younger siblings.
On March 15, 1952, Merle and Florence Gilham were united in marriage. To this union were born three children, Larry, Carrol and Terry.
Merle was gifted with many talents, working as the Green Garden Township road supervisor, water well driller, custom cutter and farmer. He also enjoyed doing many construction projects with his dozer, backhoe and trencher.
He served as a leader in his church and community of Lorraine as the mayor and fire chief.
He was preceded in death by son, Larry, wife, Florence and three brothers, Dallas, Teddy and Donnie.
Survivors include daughter, Carrol Nather of Hoisington, son Terry (Melinda) of rural Lorraine, sisters Evelyn Shoemaker and Parthena Schulz, Ellsworth, Rose Albright, Hutchinson and brother Dudley Boeken, Ardmore, Oklahoma, three grandchildren, Dexter Branan, Jennifer Nather, and Audrey Boeken along with numerous family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Lorraine Baptist Church.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to the Lorraine Fire Department or the Ellsworth Senior Center.
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Arrangements are by Cornerstone of Wichita.