Elroy Herbert Boysen
April 7, 1920 – February 3, 2011
Elroy Herbert Boysen April 7, 1920 - February 3, 2011 Elroy Herbert Boysen received the gift of life on April 7, 1920 in Shiner, TX. His parents were Max Otto Boysen and Frieda nee Klaus Boysen. Elroy was baptized into the Christian faith on November 7, 1920. He grew up as a child in the community known as Cheapside, TX. Elroy publically affirmed his faith in Christ Jesus as his personal Savior on the day of his confirmation, September 5, 1937. His confirmation verse is John 9:4 “As long as it is day, we must do the work for Him who sent me, night is coming when no one can work”. On November 25, 1940, Elroy age 20 left his home in Gonzales, TX and activated at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, TX with the Texas National Guard 36th Infantry Division. The Fighting 36th, who’s record is outstanding in the annals of America’s military history, were the first to invade Hitler’s Europe at Salerno, Italy on September 9, 1943. Elroy fought the following; Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Anzio, Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe Campaigns and made amphibious assault landings at Salerno and Southern France. The 36th suffered over 27,000 casualties, the third highest of any World War II division. Elroy received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, American Defense Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Elroy served his country as First Sergeant and returned home from the front line for a 30 day furlough. While on leave Elroy married Anna Marie nee Tieken in the Lutheran Church in Gonzales, TX on December 8, 1944. After leave he returned to his unit in France. In 1945 Elroy was discharged after the end of World War II and he and Ann made their home in Houston, TX. Elroy is a Life Member of the Houston Chapter and National Chapter of the 36th Division. Elroy is also recognized in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, New Windsor, NY, www.thepurpleheart.com. On October 3, 1948 his daughter Linda Marie was born. Ann and Elroy purchased their first home at 931 Nashua St, Houston, TX in 1950. This was their residence until May 2008 when they moved to assisted living at The Heights of Gonzales. Elroy was employed by Brinks Armored Car for 23 years. He joined Anheuser-Busch in Houston for 12 years, and his final employer was Jake’s where he worked for 7 years and retired in 1988. Elroy’s favorite sports were fishing and deer hunting. He spent many years of enjoyment in Daisy, AR where he went camping and fishing. He also enjoyed many years of hunting in Weimer and Gonzales, TX. Elroy and Ann were blessed with 67 years of marriage. They were members of Zion Lutheran Church in Houston, TX and are presently members of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gonzales, TX. Elroy was extremely proud that each of his two Grandsons served their country. Brant in the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm and Barry in the U.S. Army in Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo and Operation Red Dawn in Iraq. Elroy lived and believed the following throughout his life and made a plaque which honors his Dad, Brothers, and Grandsons. It states: “May Patriotism, Honor, and Respect Prevail Forever”
Elroy is preceded in death by his two brothers Verlon and Vernon Boysen. He is survived by his wife Ann, his daughter and her husband Linda and George Hearne. Two Grandsons; Brant Hearne and his wife Michelle and Barry Hearne and his wife Jacqueline Hearne. Two Great Grandsons Pierce and Caul Hearne.
Visitation will be held Sunday, February 6, 2011, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Gonzales, Texas. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 7, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Gonzales, Texas. Burial will follow at Gonzales City Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, 424 St Peter Street Gonzales, TX. 830-672-3322
- Visitation Sunday, February 6, 2011
- Funeral Service Monday, February 7, 2011