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Robert Boardman

April 11, 1926-Sept. 4, 2009

Robert C. "Bob" Boardman, 83, of Frazee, died Friday, September 4, 2009, at the Frazee Care Center, under the care of Hospice.

Robert Claire Boardman was born to Chase and Mabel (Wheeler) Boardman on April 11, 1926, at Grenora, N.D. He moved with his family to the Overly-Omemee area of North Dakota, where he rode horse to school. They then moved to Dunseith, N.D., where he graduated from high school in 1944.

Bob was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1945, and served in the military police, guarding the air base in Jamaica. He attended North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University), graduating with a degree 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 the Minnesota Valley Breeders Association, which later became 21st Century Genetics.

In 1954, Bob married Betty Gienger in Gardena, N.D. They made their home in Frazee, where they raised three children. In 1957, Bob became a 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.

Surviving Bob are his wife, Betty; sons, David (Charleen) Boardman of Wahpeton, N.D., and Gary (Dawn) Boardman of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter Donna (Terry) Atherton of Moorhead; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; a brother, Don (Irene) Boardman of Bottineau, N.D.; sisters, Luella (Ralph) Bjornseth of Bottineau and Joyce (Jim) Smith of Chicago, Ill.; and a sister-in-law, Edna Boardman of Bismarck, N.D.

Preceding Bob in death were his parents; brother Harold; and sister, Agnes Peltier.

Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2009, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., in the Furey Funeral Home, Frazee, and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church Thursday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, with the Rev. William Aufdenkamp officiating. Burial will follow the service at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Frazee. The Furey Funeral Home in Frazee is providing arrangements.