Kenneth Ray Boggs, 73 of South Whitley, Indiana, passed away at 5:45 am on Thursday March 8, 2018 at his residence. Born August 3, 1944 in Kosciusko County, he was the son of Ralph and Helen (Norris) Boggs.
He graduated from Pierceton high school with the class of 1962. He was later drafted into the United States Army in 1965 and was stationed in Germany. Upon being honorably discharged in 1967, he returned home as Sergeant Kenneth R. Boggs. On April 26, 1975 he married Freda Minnix. He worked at Medtronic Orthopedics for many years, retiring in 2008 as a supervisor.
Ken was always someone who could light up a room merely by his presence. He was a lover of football and basketball, both college and professional and he was a diehard fan of IU basketball. He was a beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a mentor and confidant to those whom he drew through sheer positive aura and an almost palpable sense of respect. Ken's warm heart and easy demeanor caused a reaction of love and respect to ripple amongst those whose lives he touched. He was also a great mushroom hunter and a real history buff. Ken had a vast gun collection as well.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years and love of his life, Freda Boggs of South Whitley; children, Lori (Jan) Freel, of South Whitley, Bobbie (Larry) Muncy, of North Manchester, Donna (John Thomas Alford) Heiny, of Warsaw, Bill (Dawn) Boggs, of South Whitley and Kelly Boggs, of South Whitley; brother, Donald (Carolyn) Boggs of Larwill; godson Jeff Reed of Montana; 12 grandchildren, Jason (Beth) Egolf, Tasia (Steven) Sprovach, Kyle (Courtney) Boggs, Krissy (Billy) Streby, Brianna Bumbaugh, Kylie (Fred) Church, Kenneth W. Carnegie, Holly Fountain, Haley Fountain, Heather (Joe Morgan) Fountain, Ty (Randi) Freel and Jenniffer (Chad) Ebbinghouse; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Donald E. Boggs; sister, Mary Ellen Stillson and brother, John Boggs.
Friends may call from 1-6 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Monday March 12, 2018 at the funeral home with Pastor JP Freeman. Private family burial in South Whitley Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Ken may be made to MDA or Parkview Hospice. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences online.
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I worked with Ken at Medtronic. Not only was he an excellent supervisor, but he was a man of integrity who loved his wife and family very much. May the Lord Jesus comfort you with memories of the good times that you shared. You have my deepest sympathy.
Grandpa Boggs and Anna. Daughter of Holly Fountain
Grandpa Boggs and Anna Doing Snapchats.( Anna is daughter of Holly Fountain)
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you. Jim & Jodie (Hayes) Schrader.
Our thoughts are with our dear friends, especially Frieda. The Art & Mage Delacruz family is deeply saddened that their most humble and loving friend has passed but we are rejoicing that Kenny is no longer suffering from illness. We celebrate his good life, the best life he loved living! We love you all. Art & Mage, Rick & Family, Lisa, Milton & family.
My heart is with all of you my dear, wonderful friends. May you find peace and comfort in your memories. Your photos are beautiful reminders. I'm sorry I can't be there to hug you in person. I love you dearly.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Uncle Kenny will be greatly missed!
David and Shannun Boggs family
Prayers for all the family,you have lost such a loving father ,wonderful husband to Freda that will be missed by all,so sorry for your loss ,love you all,sorry I can't be there,Sally Kinney
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lisa Rose and Sherra Sexton
Dear Freda and Family,
Our deepest condolences. Ken was a gracious, kind, humble gentleman that always had a twinkle in his eyes. We were blessed to know him and are certain that you have many wonderful memories of his love to comfort you. We are lifting you up in prayer for God's peace and comfort.
Ann and Steve Sprovach
Freda, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Leta
Kenny was a person that you never want to pass on, he was a kind, considerate and wonderful person to know! He always had a smile n his face and was genuinely interested in how life was treating you. I also had the honor of working with Kenny and you couldn't have asked for a better supervisor and mentor! You learned many life lessons from Kenny, including the golden rule! His kids speak of the love he had for them and what better legacy to leave, to have people remark about the big heart that Kenny had! I am sorry for myself, because I will not be able to see Kenny when I'm out and about anymore and to have my day made better just because Kenny was in it! So long friend, see you on the other side someday!
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
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