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Eugene C. Boughner
He was born on May 14, 1929, in Franklin to Emery Q. and Edna M. (Couch) Boughner.
Upon graduation from high school, Eugene was enlisted in the United States Navy serving during the Korean War Era and he participated in the Battle of Inchon. He achieved Radioman Petty Officer 2nd Class status before being Honorably Discharged in September of 1952. While enlisted he earned the United States National Defense Service Medal, the United States Korean Service Medal (3 Stars), the United States Navy Occupations Medal, the United Nations Korean War Service Medal, the South Korean War Service Medal, and the South Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal.
Eugene was married to the love of his life, Dolores J. Coxson, on December 18, 1953. She preceded him in death on August 15, 2009; however, they enjoyed more than fifty-five wonderful years together.
He spent most of his professional career as a printer, working in the Commercial Printing Industry and for three newspapers. He used those acquired skills to complete the print layout of the Cooperstown Bicentennial History Book in 1976.
Eugene was a member of the Cooperstown Evangelistic Tabernacle for more than fifty years and his priority in life was to serve his Lord and Savior. During his many years of attendance, he volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, and class leader. He never asked more from others than he was willing to offer of himself and that was just one of the many principles by which he lived his life. His favorite bible verse was Psalms 34:8, which reads, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
When he wasn’t working, Eugene had a passion for life and his hobbies. He was a Ham Radio operator; an avid reader, mostly of religious, historical and political texts; enjoyed buck hunting; owned and rode Harley Davidson and BMW motorcycles; and enjoyed maintaining his family history via computer. He loved taking family vacations and arranged them around touring historically significant sites.
Eugene was an ultimate family man, even going so far as to design the plans for his own home. His goal was to be the best husband and father and he succeeded. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was also blessed with a quick wit, but most of all Eugene was a kind, compassionate person who will be dearly missed by all those who loved him.
Eugene is survived by his daughter, Tamara Boughner and his sister Beverly Potter both of Franklin; and his brothers Gerald Boughner and his wife, RuthAnne, Wesley Boughner and his wife, Janet, Richard Boughner and his wife, Betty, and Byron Boughner and his wife, Cynthia, all of Cooperstown; in addition to many beloved nieces, nephews, friends and his Cooperstown Evangelistic Church family.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Eugene was preceded in death by his infant brother, Edwin W. Boughner; his brother, Reverend Robert E. Boughner; and his niece, Judy Boughner.
Eugene and his daughter offer heartfelt thanks to the many hours of care and support provided to him by his “angels.” His VNA Hospice nurse, Phyllis, was kind and compassionate and made life ever so much easier for both.
Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc., 1315 Chestnut Street, Franklin, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Cooperstown Evangelistic Tabernacle, 216 North Main Street, Cooperstown, PA 16317, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Mark Fultz, Pastor of the Church; Rev. Randy Ritchey, Pastor of Oak Grove Church and Rev. Jonathan Bell, Pastor of Franklin Wesleyan Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be held at Cooperstown Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.
Memorials can be made in Eugene’s name to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To send online condolences, or for further information, family and friends are invited to visit www.gardinierfuneralhome.com.
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