William “Bill” Boehm was a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and neighbor. He passed away at the age of 84 on January 12, 2023, at CHI St. Alexius surrounded by his loved ones at his bedside.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Keith Streifel as celebrant. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Monday, January 16, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with a Parish Vigil at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Bill was born on a farm west of Mandan to Christopher “Christ” and Felicia (Klein) Boehm on December 29, 1938. He was the youngest of five children.
Bill enjoyed playing football and was the quarterback in high school. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1957. Shortly after graduation he married the love of his life, Virginia Eckroth on August 2, 1958. They remained in Mandan where they raised their four children: Kelly, Kyle, Kory and Kris.
Bill served in the North Dakota National Guards. He worked in the bridge division for the NDDOT for 44 years until his retirement in 2005.
Bill had numerous hobbies. He enjoyed motorcycling, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, biking and camping. His dream was to have an Airstream camper one day and he was able to fulfill this dream last year. You could often find him and Ginny enjoying the beautiful black hills of South Dakota, one of his favorite places to camp. Although an avid outdoorsman, you could also find him tinkering in the garage or exploring with telescopes and aviation. He had many interests and was always in the pursuit of new knowledge and technology.
He took up cooking as a newfound hobby in his later years of life and became quite the chef. He was also a man of faith who loved gospel music and bible studies. Out of all the things Bill had a knack for, his most loved hobby of them all was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved attending his grandchildren’s activities and never missed a school event, motocross race or dance performance. He truly was a family man.
Bill was loved by so many. His positive outlook, generous spirit, and kind heart left an impression wherever he went. He never met a stranger that didn't quickly become a friend; he always went out of his way to help anyone in need and had a smile that will forever be remembered. Bill was one of the most selfless, caring people you could ever meet, and we are all so grateful for our time we had with him on this earth. He is now resting in the arms of our loving father.
Bill leaves behind so many people that loved him: his wife, of 64 years, Virginia Boehm; his children, Kelly (Luke) Berger, Kyle Boehm, Kory Boehm, and Kris Boehm; three grandchildren, Amanda (Jason) Helm, Sheena (Perry) Strand, and Cole (Amy) Berger; nine great-grandchildren, Tristin, Carter, Emry, Madisyn, Jadah, Kambri, Jax, Gabe, and Lucas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Christ and Felica Boehm; brothers, Jim, Lloyd and Gene; and sister, Betty.