Obituary of LeRoy Boden
LeRoy J. Boden, 94, of Clinton, Missouri died Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton. He was born May 1, 1924 in Montrose, MO, one of eleven children of Henry Boden and Louise Caroline (Firsick) Boden.
LeRoy attended school in Montrose, MO. In 1944 he enlisted into the United States Army during World War II. His duty was that of a front line infantryman. During his tenure as a soldier he was a part of many epic battles. He fought in Colmar, France, from which his unit then fought their way up into Germany where they crossed the Siegfried Line and then moved across the Rhine River. LeRoy also fought against Hitler's 17th SS Panzer Division. When his unit captured the town of Lundeberg, Germany in 1945, they were able to liberate some of the concentration camps in that area. LeRoy would tell stories of the times he fought along the front lines, that they slept on the ground in dug out fox holes, with little to eat. The war was over for him on April 30, 1945 and on the very next day, May 1st, he celebrated his twenty-first birthday.
He returned to Montrose, MO where he helped out on the farm. He worked on numerous harvesting crews. In 1954 he began working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO. He managed the store room and worked as a clerk in the warehouse. He always spoke of Mr. Hall and how good he was to LeRoy. LeRoy retired from Hallmark in 1979 following twenty-five years of service. Following his retirement he bought a house in Clinton, MO. In 1982 he started building birdhouses. A friend asked him to build some for St. Jude's patients. After that, LeRoy was determined to put a birdhouse into the hands of as many St. Jude's patients as he could. He made over 5,000 bird houses that he made the habit of giving away all over town as well. LeRoy has always done everything he could to help support the Children of St. Jude's.
LeRoy was a gardener. He enjoyed spending time in his garden. He gave all his produce away. He also was an avid fisherman, helping to organize numerous fishing tournaments. LeRoy was a simple man who loved gardening, going fishing and eating at his favorite restaurants each week. He will truly be missed by many, but his love for life will never be forgotten. For every time you see a little red birdhouse, a part of LeRoy will always be remembered. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
He is survived by one brother, Harold Boden, Montrose, MO; three sisters, Eleanor Seaton, Clinton, MO, Rose Story, Kansas City, MO and Esther Douglas, Kansas City, MO; and twenty nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Boden and Raymond Boden; and four sisters, Kathryn Wagner, Mary Putthoff, Clara Mae Greufe and Florence Talley.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Montrose, MO. The rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. Monday evening, with visitation to follow until 8:00 p.m. at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. The family suggests memorial contributions to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at www.bradleyhadley.com.