Rueben "Dutch" Boger, 86, of Underwood, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at a Bismarck hospital.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m., at Augustana Lutheran Church in Underwood, with Pastor Joel Sherer officiating. Interment will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan. Visitation will be held Monday, July 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Augustana Lutheran Church in Underwood, with a 7 p.m. family service Monday.
Rueben "Dutch" Boger was born Sept. 2, 1925, on his family's farm one mile west of Totten Trail near Coleharbor. He was the son of Daniel and Wilhelmina (Horning) Boger and grew up with seven brothers and three sisters. He attended rural school through the eighth grade. He worked on the family farm until he enlisted in the Army on June 15, 1945. Dutch served in World War II as a corporal, and during his military service served as a German interpreter and private security officer at a German prison camp. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 12, 1946.
Dutch's first job in the states was working for Emma and Jake Buechler's Meat Market in Garrison. In the spring of 1947, he went to work for Charles Rue Contractors, where he helped erect R.E.A. lines throughout North Dakota. While working in Glen Ullin, he met Pearl Lorraine Allen, and they were married in Bismarck in 1952. Dutch and Lorraine had two daughters, Marilyn and Connie.
While employed with Rue Contractors, Dutch became a batch plant operator and worked at the Voltaire Power Plant east of Velva. His second year as an operator, he joined the operator's union, Engineer Local #49. Following the completion of the plant, Dutch was hired by Peter Kiewits and Kaiser, and Perini & Walsh Engineers, for the construction and completion of the Garrison Dam and power house. This was a memorable time for Dutch as he proudly shared his stories! Dutch and Lorraine later divorced in the fall of 1955.
Dutch was approached by a friend to become a financial silent partner in the purchase of a bar located in Twin Valley, Minn. While checking in on his investment, he met a very special lady named Dorothy Lorraine Syverson, who in time became known as his "blonde bomber." Dutch married his "new investment" in Twin Valley on Dec. 7, 1957. Combining the two families together, two girls and a boy, Dutch was able to adopt Kim, the son he always wanted. After moving his new family to Coleharbor, they were blessed with two more girls, Tamara and Jody.
After completion of the Garrison Dam power house, Dutch continued his work building air strips and missile sites for the Minot Air Force Base. During this time, Dutch moved his family to Underwood in 1968. His work history consisted of operating many batch plants in the surrounding area, including Basin Electric, United Power, Minnkota Power, and Coal Creek Station.
Later, his employment for Northern Improvement moved Dutch and Dorothy to Grand Forks. In December 1988, after 45 years with Northern Improvement, Dutch retired in Grand Forks.
Dutch enjoyed his retirement doing woodworking and assisting his sister-in-law and husband with Babler Auction Service in the Red River Valley and surrounding area. Dutch and Dorothy moved back to his "hometown" of Underwood in 2007. He enjoyed his friends along with spending more time with his dear brothers and sisters. Dutch's beloved wife, Dorothy, passed away July 1, 2011, after 52 years of marriage.
He would frequently enjoy his lunches at the Senior Center, travel time with his children, socializing with the Underwood locals, including R&S Oil, the Blotske boys, and his Friday bingo nights in Washburn. In recent years, Dutch was blessed to meet up with his past military buddy, Don Hickle, and another friend, Wally Kraft, a retired coworker.
Dutch was a lifetime member of the VFW, a longtime member of the Augustana Lutheran Church, and a member of Sharon Lutheran Church (while residing in Grand Forks). He was a very influential man to many, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, who will truly be missed and forever live in our hearts!
He is survived by: five children, Marilyn (Graydon) Ash, of Underwood, Connie (Tim) Scheer, of Minneapolis, Minn., Kim (Shawn) Boger, of Queen Creek, Ariz., Tamara Bankowski, of Stockton, Calif., and Jody (Steve) Paterson, of Bismarck; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marlene (Jerome) Bauer, of Coleharbor, and Ruby Boger, of Garrison; six brothers, Fred (Gert) Boger, of Turtle Lake, Edwin (Shirley) Boger, of Bismarck, Bill (Beverly) Boger, of Garrison, Leo (Cathryn) Boger, of Stanley, John (Jean) Boger, of Acampo, Calif., and Alvin (Doris) Boger, of Garrison.
Dutch was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy; parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Emma and Arnold Halquist; and one brother, Elmer.
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(Goetz Funeral Home Underwood)