Richard Eugene Boxberger, 85, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at the Main Street Manor in Russell Regional Hospital.
Richard was born November 22, 1934, in Russell, the son of Herman and Pauline (Funk) Boxberger. He grew up and attended school in Russell. After graduation, he attended Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, Kansas before entering the military, serving in the U.S. Navy. He married the love of his life, Carmen Wiley, in 1957. They made their home in Glenview, Illinois, while serving in the military. Upon their return to Russell, he worked for Bud Motzkus, then for Fritz and Joan Waymaster at the Playdium Bowl until they sold the business.
Richard was a farmer at heart, it was not a job, but a passion. He had been working in or with farming his whole life, including custom farming for the Witt family with his sons. In addition to farming his other loves were bowling, golf and snooker. He retired in 2006 and became part of the afternoon “gang” at the Russell Senior Center, until his health began to fail in 2013. Richard will be remembered for his quick wit and his fierce love and loyalty for his family and friends.
Surviving family include his wife of 62 years, Carmen of the home; three sons, Michael Boxberger (Jennifer) of Raymore, Missouri, Martin Boxberger (Katharine) of Olathe, Kansas and Mont Boxberger (Linda) of Olathe, Kansas; brother, Gerald Boxberger (Shirley) of Russell, Kansas; sister, Veramae Henry of Great Bend, Kansas; six grandchildren, Bailey and Peyton Boxberger of Olathe, Kansas, Brody and Brock Boxberger of Olathe, Kansas, Gabriel and Carmen Boxberger of Raymore, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Wilmer Boxberger, brother-in-law Bob Henre, sister-in-law Estella Boxberger and granddaughter, precious baby Faith. Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary. A private family burial of Ashes will follow at a later date. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday, August 17, 2020 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary. Memorials have been established with Calvary Chapel – Assembly of God Church or Russell Senior Center. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.