OBITUARY

Mr. Clarence Raymond Boden

November 17, 1931March 21, 2019
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Clarence "Ray" Raymond Boden was born on November 17, 1931 in Wharton, Ohio and passed away at his home in Winter Springs, Florida on March 21, 2019 at the age of 87 after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in passing by his wife Mary Esther Elliott Boden, as well as by their son Joel Paul Boden. He is survived by his son John E. Boden (Sherri) and daughter Paula Ann Boden Thompson (Harry), three siblings, seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Special mention is made of the family's lifelong friend Dottie Scogin.

Ray enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and retired after serving for 20 years. He was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers and skills learned there, such as heavy equipment operation, mechanics and construction, were used the remainder of his life. He saw war time service once in Korea and twice in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star.

He met and married Mary Esther in 1951 and together they raised their family while coping with the separations and many moves which are part of military life. In their retirement they enjoyed travelling in their RVs, especially visiting family around the country. They also made many trips to the Cayman Islands to spend time with Paula and her family.

Special thanks is given to his son John and daughter-in-law Sherri for the wonderful care they provided, which allowed him to stay at home until his demise.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 11 a.m. to noon at Baldwin Fairchild East Altamonte Chapel, 994 E. Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, Florida. A remembrance service will be held at noon, followed by interment at Highland Memory Gardens, Apopka, Florida.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, March 29, 2019
REMEMBERING

Mr. Clarence Raymond Boden

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Mary & David Stephan

March 27, 2019

We will always remember when Ray, Mary Esther and Stumpy moved in across the street..... That first Christmas we gave you a homemade cheeseball and crackers, and you ate the whole thing in record time, and then got sick - it had a lot of garlic.... Sorry....we later learned the way to your heart was with cookies... :-) ..no allergies.... We thank you and Mary Esther for being some of the best neighbors we could ask for, and for helping us to make other neighbors feel welcome or special on their birthdays.... God speed, Ray, see you on the other side.... Love David and Mary

SHERRY GARCIA

March 25, 2019

My children and I will miss you, our Dear friend "RayRay". When you came into our lives, you were going through a very hard time in your life with the loss of Mary Esther. I was also going through a life crisis of my own and I have no doubt that we were meant to cross paths. Who knew that such a beautiful friendship would develop. We will forever miss our meals together at Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel and Sonny's. The kids will miss running to the freezer in your shop for a Klondike bar and a Root Beer you always had stocked up. We will miss that big smile wearing that Cowboy hat and those Cowboy boots! I will miss those late nights "junkin" followed up with a cup of coffee at the Waffle House. Lola and Bella will miss your belly scratches. I will forever cherish those memories with you. Until we meet again, Rest in Peace my friend.

We Love you,
Sherry, Christian, Olivia, Lola and Bella.

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