Written by The Herald-News
John Thomas “Bud” Boe, 75, of Hamilton, died Oct. 7, 2013, at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Hamilton.
He was born June 14, 1938 in Osakis, Minn., to Rev. Thomas and Eva Boe. After high school in Lake Mills, Iowa, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served four years, part of which was in Italy. Upon returning to the states in 1962, he met and married Karen Nelson of Wolf Point. That fall, they went to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where he received a bachelor of arts degree in history. They had one daughter, Katherine.
He loved to fly and was a charter pilot and flight instructor for many years. In 1976, he switched careers and began selling specialized welding alloys for Rockmount Research & Alloys Inc. His territory was North and South Dakota and a bit of Minnesota. He and his family resided in Bismarck, N.D., for over 20 years. Due to illness, they retired and moved to Hamilton in 2000.
Music was a very important part of his life. He enjoyed playing the piano and singing in choirs and special groups. He was an Eagle Scout and forever cherished time spent in the mountains. He enjoyed two summers as a blister rust crew boss in Glacier Park, where he lead pack trains filled with tools and supplies into the backcountry to facilitate rust eradication efforts. In the more recent years, he enjoyed camping with family, visiting on the patio, enjoying his yard and beautiful views of the Bitterroot Valley. He treasured his time with family.
The most important thing in life to him was his relationship with the Lord. He deeply desired that all his family and friends would know the Lord and realize that a relationship with God is the most important thing in life.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Boe of Hamilton; daughter, Katherine Nelson of Kamiah, Idaho; two granddaughters; and three sisters.
A funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 11, at the Hamilton Assembly of God Church in Hamilton with Rev. John Weaver officiating. Graveside services were held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point, with Rev. Greg Holler-Dinsmore officiating.