Edward P. Boehlke, 84, of Nampa, died Thursday, June 26, 1997, at a Nampa care center. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 30, 1997, at Zion Lutheran Church, Nampa, with Rev. Michael Schumaker officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
Edward was born Oct. 3, 1912, at Milwaukee, WI, to Clara and William Boehlke; the first of 8 children. His family moved from Milwaukee when Ed was young to Buhl, Idaho, where he spent his first 7 elementary school years at Trinity Lutheran School in the Clover area. He then attended Concordia school at River Forest, IL, for 8th and 9th grades and then continued at Concordia Teachers College in Seward, NB, from 10th grade through college. While at Concordia he met Theresa Vogel and they were later married on January 1, 1935.
He began his career in Eden, Idaho, in 1933, where he served as teacher and principal until he was forced to resign due to rheumatic fever in 1938. From 1939 to 1940 he again attended Corcordia College in Seward and served as a teacher at Boone, Iowa, from 1940 to 1941. The family then returned to farm at Buhl in 1942 and then farmed in Eden from 1944 to 1945 and then moved to Nampa where he farmed from 1945 to 1955. While farming in Nampa, he served as principal and teacher at Scism Public School. From 1955 to 1958 he sold Farm Bureau insurance full time. He then returned to teaching at Lake Lowell and Maple Grove schools in Caldwell from 1958to 1961. In 1961 he helped start and develop the Zion Lutheran School in Nampa and served there as principal and teacher until 1977. During his time at Zion School, he continued to take college courses at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. After leaving Zion School he spent several years doing carpentry work for the Nampa school district.
In everything Ed did he gave it his all. He was a joy to be around whether it was listening to him whistle while he worked or seeing him smile as he greeted others, even when he was living in the nursing home. He had a quiet grace about him. He had a great love of music and played the organ and directed the choir at Zion Lutheran Church in previous years. He also enjoyed traveling, photography, bowling, wood working and yard work.
He is survived by his wife Theresa of Nampa, three daughters; Nancy Stanley and her husband Welton of Nampa, Carol Clark and her husband Trueman of Nampa and Jean Manship and her husband Bob of Kennewick, WA, grandchildren: Matt Stanley, Mark Stanley and his wife Catherine, Diane Nicolosi and her husband Jeff of Nampa, Grant Turner of McCall and Josh and Robert Manship, and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters; Loraine Link of Boise and Mildred Vogel of Portland, OR, and one brother Norval Boehlke of Nampa. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers Harold, Irvin, Alfred and Wilbur and his only son Joel.
Friends may call Sunday June 29, 1997, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Zion Lutheran Church or School, or Lutheran Hour Ministries.