Elmer Boschee, age 82, of Miles City passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Holy Rosary Health Care in Miles City.
Elmer was born on November 18, 1931 in Miles City, Montana, the son of August and Matilda (Treichel) Boschee, along with his twin sister Eileen. Elmer was one of nine children. Elmer attended Kircher School thru 8th grade. Then he quit school and went to work for Glen Monte on his ranch 29 miles south of town all summer and fall. He then went to work at Lockie’s for 4 ½ years then joined the Navy at the age of 19, serving four years during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on December 14, 1954. Upon his return, he went back to work for Lockie’s again. Elmer married Mable Ann (Larson) MacKenzie on June, 25 1958. In September of 1958 they moved to Hathaway, MT where they leased the ranch until they purchased it 6 years later using a loan from Ann’s father Arthur. They raised Ann’s two sons Kenny & Keith from Ann’s previous marriage to John MacKenzie. Elmer adopted Kenny & Keith May 13th, 1971 after their father passed away on November 16, 1970. Ann and Elmer faithfully supported Kenny and Keith’s academic and athletic activities while attending school in Rosebud. They especially loved and rarely missed watching their football and basketball games. After Elmer became gravely ill in 1993, a decision was made to sell the ranch and move to Miles City in March of 1994 and they bought a house on North Winchester. Ann continued to work full time at Holy Rosary Hospital as a registered nurse. Elmer’s health improved enough to where he could work again and enjoyed helping out several ranching friends, doing what he loved most. He loved riding horses, working cattle, haying, calving, branding and most of all running wild horses. He also enjoyed attending the High School basketball games especially at tournament time.
Elmer is survived by his two sons: Keith Boschee of Casper, WY and Kenny (Ava) Boschee of Miles City, MT; a sister, Lorene of Klamath Falls, Oregon; a brother Ervin of Miles City; a grandson Kevin Boschee of Miles City, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mable Ann Boschee; his parents August & Matilda; two brothers: Art and Ed; and four sisters: Emma, Viola, Delores and Eileen.
Military graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery in Miles City with full military honors provided by VFW Post 1579. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Miles City Soup Kitchen or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.