Lawrence C. Boe, 85, of Williston, passed away at the Saint Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck on Saturday morning, June 10, 2017.
Lawrence Carl Boe was born May 22, 1932 to Henry and Dorothy (Diess) Boe at home near the old Power Plant site in Williston.
He attended Williston and rural Williston schools. He received his GED in 1965. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He is a member of Our Redeemers Lutheran church having served on the church council and other committees.
He married Gladys Mae Langseth on June 10, 1955. To this union three children were born: LeAnn Kay, Linda Rae and Greg Allan. Lawrence & Gladys continued to make Williston their home. They built and lived in 4 new homes B living 40+ years in the last home they completed in 1977.
Lawrence’s working career started at age 12 selling strawberries door to door, then as a bus boy at the Northern Hotel. He continued his career at Rustad’s Meat Market, drove truck for various sand and gravel operations. He worked as a parts man for Thomas Auto, an insurance representative for Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance, an auctioneer for Auction Barn, and worked for the Great Northern Railroad. In 1953 started work at MDU (Electrical Dept) which continued until 1969. 1970-1973 he sold and erected Strand Steel and Wedge Core steel buildings along with other construction work.
In the spring of 1973 he purchased the Mockel Sand and Gravel business which he operated as Boe Sand and Gravel for 15+ years along with grain farming. In 1996, along with his family, he added commercial gardening to his list of activities. He was his own handyman which included fixing up older equipment to make usable. He gained a lot of knowledge by reading and researched the solutions for fixing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, woodworking, and other projects he worked on.
Being self-employed, he was able to take his son Greg, at the age of 6, with him during the summers giving Greg first-hand knowledge of many vocations.
Over the years, he was a member of the 164th Infantry National Guard, Moose Lodge, Odd Fellows, Speak-Up Jaycees, Toastmasters, Electrical Workers Union (secretary), local & county Farmers Union boards (secretary), Upper Missouri Valley Fair board, ASCS board, Williston Woodworkers, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce where he received the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce ACertificate of Merit@ award. As part of the Junior Chamber of Commerce he was always proud of the fact that as chairman of the first Williston Oil Celebration BBQ, he met and served the poorest man, a derelict, and the richest man, Mr. Hunt, the oil tycoon from Texas, both on the same day. He also completed the Dale Carnegie Course, the General Electric meter training course, the Dealer Sales School National Training Center of Creative Selling and graduated from the Reisch American School of Auctioneering in Mason City, IA.
He was also instrumental in bringing rural water to Williams County and served as chairman of the first Rural Water board.
Lawrence enjoyed visiting and never wanted to miss meeting his McDonald's friends for coffee. He also enjoyed taking homebound friends out for a ride in the country and having a cup of coffee at a café before returning home. He had many a story to tell. Over the past year or so his failing health prevented him from continuing to do his own driving and entertaining.
He is survived by wife Gladys, children: LeAnn (Larry) Ochsner, Linda (Steve) Ough, Greg Boe; grandchildren: Heidi (Amir) Javanbakht, Erik Ochsner, Michelle Ough, Paul Ough, Brad (Sandra) Ough, Aaron & Andrew Boe; brother & sister-in-law Henry (Janet) Boe, sister-in-law Betty Hayden, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lyle (Bette) Langseth, and several nieces & nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents, sisters and brothers-in-law: Lorene (Bill) Johnson, Doris (Tom) Roane, Karen (Louis) Worcester, sister Betty Hayden, infant sister, in-laws Henry & Cora Langseth, brothers-in-law, Arvid & Eugene Langseth.