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John W. Boggess, 69, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Norwood Nursing Home, Huntington.
Born on Aug. 3, 1943, in Huntington County, he was the son of John H. and Bertha I. (Kilgus) Boggess.
He was born in Huntington County, reared in the Blue Lake area of Churubusco and then moved to Columbia City.
He attended Huntington High School. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1961 to 1965. He worked for Norfolk and Southern Railroad for several years.
On Jan. 5, 2010, he married Shelley S. (Maloney) Zawacki-Boggess in Columbia City.
He was a member of Leatherneck Club, and worked with Toys for Tots program and was also a member of Columbia City V.F.W.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Shelley S. Zawacki-Boggess of Columbia City; three sons, John R. Boggess of South Whitley, Matthew A. (Tammy) Boggess of Albion and Jason A. (Angie) Boggess of Columbia City; daughter, Beth E. (Chad) Lehman of Churubusco; two sisters, Diane M. Geiger and Sharon A. Diffendarfer both of Churubusco and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
To honor Mr. Boggess wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Boggessâ€™s memory to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.
Arrangements were entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City.