Gerald William "Gerry" Boggs

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Birth Date: May 27, 1941
Death Date: October 22, 1993
Age at Death: 52
Veteran Of: Vietnam


Steamboat Pilot page 4C - October 28, 1993
Gerald “Gerry” Boggs
Gerald W. Boggs, 52, was found dead of gunshot wounds in his Steamboat Springs home on October 22, 1993.
Local authorities are investigating his death as a homicide.
Gerry, as he was known to family and friends, was a well-liked lifetime resident of Steamboat. The family has maintained a business in Steamboat Springs since 1939, and Gerry was part owner and full-time employee of the business.
Gerald went through school in Steamboat Springs, graduating in 1959. He attended the University of Colorado, graduating in 1964. His major was political science with a minor in Russian language.
In the fall of 1963 he enlisted in the United States Army and made application to get into the military intelligence. After basic training, Gerry went to military intelligence school. In the fall of 1965 Gerald was sent to Vietnam with the 1st Calvary division, and they set up a base camp at An Ke. The 1st Calvary was a helicopter division. In the fall of 1966 Gerry was sent home on a 30-day furlough. He volunteered for another year of duty in Vietnam. He was discharged in the fall of 1967.
The army awarded Gerry the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam.
After Gerry came home, he worked in the family store, Boggs Hardware, and also took pilot training under the government program. Before he finished his training, Gerry was qualified to pilot multi-engine aircraft.
Gerry had unique intellect advanced by his Russian language training, and military intelligence which continually reflected itself through his mastering and enjoyment of mind games. Gerry was a member and guest tour guide for the Museum of Natural History. He enjoyed anthropology and archaeology and continues to take classes at the University of Colorado.
Gerry also enjoyed scuba diving and undersea and outdoor photography, developing his own photographs. Gerry was a caring person and those who know him well felt as if they were his best friend. His love of friends and family was unconditional and he was everyone’s “Uncle Gerry.”
Gerald William Boggs, born May 27, 1941 is survived by his parents, Harold and Sylvia Boggs; his brother and sister-in-law Douglas W. Boggs and Jan Boggs; his nephew, Greg Boggs; niece, Carlynn Tanner and her husband, Craig and their newborn daughter, Bryce, born on the day of his death.
Gerry was the godfather of Mark McCullough. He is survived by many friends and employees who consider him a part of the family. Gerry was preceded in death by a nephew, Van Douglas Boggs
Memorials may be made to the Yampa Valley Foundation Hospice Fund, P.O. Box 775816, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 26, 1993, at 2 p.m. in Steamboat Springs at the United Methodist Church.
Mark Shearon of Shearon Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements for the family.


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