Harry “Jim” Boggs, 87, of Warsaw, Indiana passed away, peacefully and surrounded by loved ones, at 8:50 pm on September 15 In Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw.
Jim was born on February 8, 1929 in Chicago, to Helen Claire Dale Boggs and Harry Weber, and welcomed by his older sisters Betty and Nancy. The family later made its home on a farm south of Warsaw, Indiana, where Jim developed a strong work ethic.
He attended Claypool High School and was a member of the basketball team. He went on to attend Manchester College for three years, leaving to serve in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea as a member of the Military Police. He was honorably discharged a corporal.
On July 8, 1951, Jim and Joyce Taylor were married. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Jim and Joyce raised three children, daughter Pamela and twin sons Kevin and Kim.
The family frequently enjoyed camping vacations in State and National parks, where Jim and Joyce instilled in their children a love of the outdoors and a sense of adventure.
Jim spent much of his working life as the Plant Manager of Flexaust in Warsaw, Indiana, retiring in the late 1980s. Jim was not content unless he was busy, so after retiring he worked in various positions in the construction business. He took great pleasure in woodworking, creating unique mailboxes, holiday decorations, and other beautiful items for friends and family. Jim also was a Shriner and a member of the Winona Lake Lion’s Club.
Jim’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He rarely missed a sporting event or dance recital and was very much a hands-on grandfather.
Jim loved people and was always ready with a story or joke for whomever was nearby. He never knew a stranger, and enjoyed shooting the breeze at local lunch counters, especially Zale’s.
Jim is beloved for all these reasons and more, and will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Tim Shoemaker and his brother-in-law, Henry “Hank” Nyenhuis. He is survived by his wife Joyce of Warsaw; sister Betty Nyenhuis of Winona Lake; children Kevin Boggs (and spouse Faith) of Warsaw; Kim Boggs (and partner Anna Stiles) of Mentone, and Pamela Kolter (and spouse Bill) of Claypool; grandchildren Jessica Davies (and spouse Michael) of Chicago; Loren Boggs (and partner Zachary Harper) of New York City; Phillip Boggs (and partner Holly Perkins) of Chicago, Brandon Hepler (and spouse Kelli) of Warsaw; Nate Hepler (and spouse Karie) of Warsaw; Autumn Jacobs (and partner Johnathon Dunmyre) of Tacoma, WA; Brooke Huffman (and spouse Nick) of Silver Lake; Caylee Kline (and spouse Shane) of Galveston, IN; and great-grandchildren Kendall Hepler, Kale Hepler, Eli Hepler, Isabella Davies, Finn Davies, and Sebastian Boggs. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, September 24, 2016 in First United Methodist Church Connection Campus, 1692 West Lake Street, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 with Pastor Cindy Gackenheimer officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw with full military honors by American Legion Post #49, VFW Post #1126 and Army Funeral Honor Guard.
Visitation hours will be from 10:00 – 11:00 am at the Connection Campus, Warsaw.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 1608 E. Day Road, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545.