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Art Boehne

Arthur Duane Boehne, 76, of Park Rapids, passed away peacefully on Aug. 8, 2009, at his home in the company of his wife, Margaret "Punky" and other family members.

He was born March 3, 1933, to Arthur E. Boehne and Delia Danielson on a farm about 5 miles southeast of Deer Creek. He was the second to the youngest of eight children. His siblings include: Elaine, Maurice, Edgar, Norma, Carol, Gordon, and Genevieve. Art attended grade school (grades one though eight) at District 94 in Compton Township, Otter Tail County and high school at Wadena High School. He graduated in 1951 and then moved to Minneapolis where he attended the Institute of Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He left there after being drafted into the Army in 1952. He was assigned duty in Italy where he served as a personnel classification and assignment specialist. He was honorably discharged in 1953 as an E-4 and returned to the Minneapolis area to attend school. Immediately after his discharge, he was accepted at Macalester College in St. Paul and earned a four-year bachelor's degree in June 1958 with a major in journalism and minor in political science. While attending college he worked full time at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Following graduation from Macalester, he worked as a copy writer in the advertising department at Sears Roebuck and Co. He also continued his part-time employment at the Star Tribune. He married Margaret Walker on Feb. 14, 1959, at The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, Minn. They had three children, Jacqueline, John and Craig. In April 1967, he was hired as a Minnesota corrections agent and worked out of St. Paul until October 1968 when he was hired as the court services director for Otter Tail County. He remained in this position until February 1993 when he retired to his and Margaret's rural 40-acre hobby farm near Wadena where they had resided since 1978. In 1997, they moved to a home on Boulder Lake in Nevis. In 2004, he was diagnosed with Lewy Body Disease and was hospitalized for several weeks in Park Rapids and Rochester, Minn. He subsequently spent eight months at the Henning Nursing Home. After leaving the nursing home in July 2005, he and Margaret lived one year in Henning before moving back to Summerfield Place in Park Rapids. He continued his treatment for Lewy Body Disease and participated in research and study groups at Mayo Clinic in Rochester until his diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia on July 2, 2009. He and Margaret enjoyed traveling to out-of-state destinations and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by taking a trip to Biloxi, Miss. His interests included reading, playing cards, camping, traveling, lawn and garden work, boating, and puttering around in the garage and workshop.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Itasca State Park with the Rev. Russ Paulson officiating. Military honors provided by the Star of the North Marine Corps League. Jones-Pearson Funeral Home ( is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughter, Jacqueline (Steven) Christenson of Fergus Falls; two sons, John Boehne of Park Rapids, Craig (Ronda) Boehne of Eagan, Minn.; two sisters, Elaine Matteson of Edina, Minn., Carol Hopper of Perris, Calif.; one brother, Gordon (JoAnn) of Cross Lake, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Sophia; two sisters, Norma Boehne, Genevieve Quesenberry; and two brothers, Maurice Boehne and Edgar Boehne.