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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