Gary Boughten

June 13, 1961June 15, 2018

Gary Lee Boughten

June 13, 1961 - June 15, 2018

Anyone who knew Gary Boughten knew he loved his family and animals, that he was a talented carpenter and was always ready for a rowdy, loud, fast and fun time whether riding Sea Doos or four-wheelers, fishing or being with family. The youngest of six children, Gary Lee Boughten was born June 13, 1961 to Richard and Lenora [Andersen] Boughten in Austin, Minnesota, and passed Friday, June 15, 2018. He grew up in Rose Creek, Minnesota and graduated in 1979 from Southland High School in Adams, Minn. He moved to Oklahoma for work and met his devoted wife of 32 years, Kimberly [Young]. The couple married May 3, 1986 and had two children, Brittany and Jake. Gary took wood shop classes in high school and discovered a talent for woodworking. He turned his talent into a trade as a carpenter. Gary designed and built cabinets, mantles, tables and other wood installments across Oklahoma in homes and various banks, businesses and churches, including his family church. He was especially proud of the work he did at B.C. Clark’s Jeweler’s downtown location. Father Constantine Nasr at St. Elijah’s Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, told Gary his hands were “blessed by God.” His trade was so much a part of him that he almost always had a carpenter’s pencil nearby, tucked behind his ear or in a pocket. And, he painted his tools pink to make sure borrowed tools returned quickly. He was a loyal employee, working for Contemporary Cabinets for 24 years. As a journeyman carpenter, he trained many apprentices. He was a very hard worker and a perfectionist on the job. While he showed respect to his crew, Gary also wanted his ‘hand’ and crew to share his work ethics and expectations. And, though he worked hard, he played with an almost ‘child-like’ approach. His favorite playmate was his 4 year-old granddaughter, Braylee, with whom he shared many swimming, fishing, bike riding, and park playing adventures. The annual Boughten family camping trip at Cass Lake, Minn. gave Gary time to fish with his favorite #5 crawdad lure, while wearing his floppy hat. His nieces and nephews and more recently, great nieces and nephews recognized his “kid at heart” ability to get the whole family into a water balloon fight or playing games. Gary was an active member of Putnam City United Methodist Church and enjoyed working on the kitchen crew for church dinners and manning the grill for cookouts. Gary leaves his wife, Kim, of the home; daughter, Brittany and Justin and Ellie, Tyler and Ethan Templeman; son, Jake and Lainey, Braylee and Kinlee Sue Boughten; his mother, Lenora Boughten; brothers, Larry and Marie Boughten; Bob and Lori Boughten; sisters, Beverly and Ed Rice and Nancy Clancy; 21 nieces and nephews and 34 great nieces and nephews, plus a host of in laws and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father, his sister, Deb and nephew Pat. Services will be Tuesday, June 19 at 10 am at Putnam City United Methodist Church, 5819 N.W. 41st Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73122. Guardian West Funeral Home, Warr Acres, will handle arrangements and host the viewing Monday, June 18 from 3-8 pm, with the family present from 4-7 pm. Memorials in Gary’s name can be made to his church, or to The Children’s Center in Bethany, Okla.


  • Jarrod Smith
  • Justin Templeman


  • Visitation Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Tamara Kelley

June 18, 2018

Gary was a great friend in high school. We all ran around together in Rose Creek at the park, Dave Kiefer's trailer & he would do anything for anyone, he was so kind & always a gentleman. He asked me out on a date, but I declined, he was much more a friend even more like the brother I never had. He became friends with my then husband, Brian Kelley too & decided to all go out in a van, including Randy Lavoie to find work there in Lawton area. Brian had interview at oil rig & got the job. Randy & Gary got jobs at construction company there. So, we moved there & all lived together in a nice apartment next to Sgt. Lines & his wife. Bryan Price was also near there at Fort Sill, we were all friends. I didn't like living so far away from home, Minnesota, so shortly after our son Brian was born, we moved back. Unfortunately, all these years, i never saw Gary agsin. But, let me tell you that he was loved by all even then, he was the life of the party, always joking & full of fun & love! He will be sadly missed by me & everyone here! Praying for you all for strength to get through this & it looks like he has a wonderful wife & children & grandbabies! God bless you all! I will miss him dearly!