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Information for Alfred Arthur Boehlke
19 November, 1916
18 June, 1997
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
21 June, 1997
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Alfred Boehlke

     Alfred Arthur Boehlke, 80, of Nampa, passed away June 18, 1007, due to complications of a stroke.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 23, 1997, at the Zion Lutheran Church, Nampa.  Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.  A public viewing will be held Sunday, June 22, 1997, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
     Alfred was born on Nov. 19, 1916, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a son of William and Clara Kluender Boehlke.  The family moved to Buhl, Idaho, when he was three.  In 1945, the family moved to a farm six miles south of Nampa.
     In World War II, he served in the fifth Armored Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  After the war he returned to Nampa and was engaged in farming.  Alfred married Lorraine Schmidt on Sept. 8, 1946, in Parma.
     In 1952 he purchased the family farm and raised registered Angus cattle.  Alfred was active in the Idaho Angus Association and the Boise Valley Angus Club.  He received numerous honors including Mr. Angus Idaho and Idaho Angus Family of the Year.  Feeling strongly about encouraging youth, he was active in the Jr. Angus Association and was the 4-H livestock superintendent at the Canyon County fair for many years.  He was a member of Nampa Countryman's Club and was a past director of the local area Federal Land Bank.
     Alfred was baptized into the Lutheran faith as an infant and his faith in Christ as his savior and his involvement in the church were a key part of his life.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was actively engaged in various organizations there.
     Those who knew Alfred enjoyed his friendliness and genuine interest in people.  He never knew a stranger.
     Survivors include his wife, Lorraine;  one daughter, Linda Griswold (husband Tom), of The Dalles, OR;  four sons, Jim (wife Gwen) and Dennis, both of Nampa;  Robert of Seattle;  and Ken (wife Kirsten), of Beaverton, OR;  two sisters, Loraine Link and Mildred Vogel;  two brothers, Edward and Norval;  five grandchildren, Susan Whitmire (husband Wayne) and Keith Griswold (wife Julie), of The Dalles, Jim Griswold (wife Evie), Catrina and Tanya Boehlke, of Nampa;  and five great-grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by three brothers, Wilbur, Irvin and Harold.
     Memorials can be given to Zion Lutheran Church or School;  or the Lutheran Hour Ministries.