Wayne Allen Boschee, 71, of Aberdeen, SD, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2023, at Angelhaus in Aberdeen, SD.
Wayne’s wishes were to be cremated and no formal services will be held.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Wayne was born on August 23, 1951, in Eureka, SD, to Thomas and Idella (Oschner) Boschee, the second of five children. He grew up on the family farm in Zeeland ND, helping with crops, raising beef cattle, and milking. But it was his love of cars and motorcycles or anything with an engine that was his passion. It started when his dad bought him a Harley Hummer when he was in grade school. Wayne was very mechanical-minded and loved to take things apart to see what made them run. Tinkering with his cars and motorcycles kept him busy growing up while studying at Zeeland Public School where he graduated in 1969.
After high school he attended North Dakota State College of Science NDSDS in Wahpeton, ND, and graduated with a 2-year degree in Auto Body, hoping to continue with his passion for rebuilding cars and motorcycles. However, this was not to be, the Selective Service Lottery that was held on August 5, 1971, determined the order in which men were called to report for induction into the military. Wayne’s lottery number was 10. On August 31, 1971, Wayne enlisted in the U. S. Air Force. Basic training was completed at the Air Training Command’s Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. His first U.S. Air Force duty assignment was with the unit of the Strategic Air Command at Lockbourne AFB in Ohio for training and duty in the civil engineering structural pavements field. Wayne’s next stop was Germany where he served 1 ½ years at Hahn AFB, Lautzenhausen, Germany. Wayne was released from Active Duty with an Honorable discharge on August 28, 1975, with the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt). During his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal (AFGCM).
After the military, Wayne went on to become a surveyor, completing his degree at Devils Lake, ND. His first job was with Swenson, Hagen & Company, an engineering firm in Bismarck, ND. as a surveyor. In March of 1981, Wayne started at the Falkirk Mine in Underwood, ND. He worked as the Crew Chief in the surveying department until moving into the IT Department in June of 2002, where he eventually became Head of the Department. Everyone was impressed with Wayne’s vast computer skills and knowledge; he was able to diagnose and fix any problem even if it meant taking the computer completely apart. Wayne had a fantastic gift for teaching, he had the incredible gift of patience and care while working and explaining things. Helping people to understand gave Wayne great pleasure. He retired from the Falkirk Mine in March of 2010 after working there for 29 years.
Throughout his life, Wayne kept his passion for restoring/building automobiles and motorcycles. He was constantly working on custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles and was always willing to share tips or ideas to make things look or run better. Again, his incredible gift of patience with people and love of working and tinkering showed up here as well. He won many trophies at bike shows and drive-in car shows. For many years he participated in car racing with Bismarck Autocross.
Wayne is survived by his three siblings: Bruce (Kathy) Boschee, of Aberdeen, SD, and their son Aden, Pamela (Greg) Olund of Chanhassen, MN, and their children Hannah and Benjamin, and Curt Boschee (Karen Hillerman) of Brooklyn Park, MN.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Idella Boschee; brother Larry Boschee; nephew Myles Brawner; and both sets of grandparents.
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