Boehler, William E. (July 13, 1881 - May 3, 1970)

Services for Wm. Boehler held

May 5 in Denver

Douglas Budget - June 4, 1970

Funeral services for William E. Boehler were held at Denver, Colo. May 5, 1970. Boehler died May 3, 1970 after suffering from a flue attack earlier.

He was buried at Mt. Ohvest Cemetery beside his wife Kathryn (sic), who passed away at Denver on Jan. 4, 1966.

William E. Boehler was born July 13, 1881 in Illinois to Nicholas and Sara Boehler. He was one of eleven children.

In early years he was a potato farmer in Ohio, a brother in the Franciscan Order, and a teacher on the Hamos and Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico and at the Crow Agency in Montana.

In 1916 he came to Wyoming 50 miles north of Douglas. He filed on a homestead and worked for Lee and Spaeth Sheep Company as a cook and handyman.

In 1917 Mr. Boehler enlisted in the Army during World War I. He walked from his homestead to Gillette to volunteer for the army but the board there could not make a decision because his overage limit so he walked on to Sheridan to the district office and was accepted. He was a medic and a cook while serving in the army.

Mr. Boehler met a Kansas girl when he was training at the army base near Emporia, Kansas in 1917. They were later married at Humboldt, Kansas in 1921 and he brought her back to Wyoming to make their home.

Mr. Boehler, a hardy pioneer, helped establish the Verse Post Office in 1922 and was Postmaster for a number of
years. In 1924 he established the Verse Store and in 1931 he built the Community Hall at Verse where school was held. During the week, dances on Saturday nights, and church on Sundays.

After a fire destroyed their new home on January 6, 1938 the family moved to Sheridan the following June, later to California and then to Denver in 1949 where he was living at the time of his death.

Mr. Boehler was a devoted church member of the Catholic faith. A kind and generous neighbor and friend. Always ready to give a helping hand to those less fortunate and a leader in building and improving the Verse community.

Survivors include his only son, Leo, daughter-in-law, one granddaughter and two grandsons, all of Casper; relatives in Illinois, and a host of friends.


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