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Thomas Rockwell Boggs

March 17, 1923 ~ July 16, 2019 (age 96)


 Thomas Rockwell Boggs, age 96, passed away July 16th surrounded by his fam­ily. He was born in Toledo on March 17, 1923 to Thomas Milton and Opal Boggs. He lost his father at a young age and he helped his mother operate a grocery store at Reynolds Corners for many years.

It was in this area of town that he met his childhood sweetheart, Betty Giha. These two and others were bussed to Woodward High School, where he gradu­ated in 1942. A draft no­tice quickly followed and a young track and football player volunteered for para­chute training incentivized by the Army offering $50 per month extra pay.

He endured rigorous physi­cal training at Camp Toc­coa, Camp Mackall and finally at Ft. Benning, Geor­gia for parachute training. Active duty took him to New Guinea and the Philippine islands for brutal combat on Leyte and Luzon, and a combat jump and subse­quent house-to-house fight­ing in the battle for Manila. After devastating losses, Dad, other members of the Greatest Generation and MacArthur retook the Phil­ippines and WWII was won. A brief stop in Okinawa and the 11th Airborne Division moved onto Japan and were the first Americans to ar­rive to help with the signing of peace agreement to end WWII.

Thomas came home to To­ledo and married Betty Giha on February 9, 1946. Three pretty good kids followed. He retired from the W.W. Grainger, Inc. in 1988. Over the years, they went to many WWII historical events and 11th Airborne reunions, and our Dad was very proud his military service. He enjoyed his lake house, his house in Wapakoneta, his children and grandchildren and play­ing tennis.

We lost Betty (Mom) in June 2016, and Dad is survived by son, Randall T. Boggs, DDS; daughters, Heather (Bob) Obert and Becky (Tom) Gundy. Much loved grand­children, Lindsay Boggs, Erin (Jeff) Justen, Laura (Kurt) Badyna, Emily (Nate) Haupricht, Alex Gundy and Ryan Gundy. Great grand­children, Oliver Rockwell, Ford and Millie Justen, Elise and Benning Thomas Haupricht and baby girl Ba­dyna, expected Nov 2019. 

The impact of his remark­able life was never more evi­dent than on the face of his grandchildren when they realized they were going to lose him.

Our thanks to the caregiv­ers at The Lakes of Sylvania.



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