William Earl Boston, 81 years of age, of Alma

Funeral Services for William E. "Bill" Boston will be conducted from the United Methodist Church in Alma, Nebraska on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jim Bendorf officiating. Interment will take place at Alma Cemetery, Alma with Military Honors provided by the Fay Cady American Legion Post #118 of Alma in conjunction with the U.S. Army National Guard Military Honors Team.

William Earl Boston, 81 years of age, of Alma passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. Bill was born September 21, 1931 the sixth of nine children to Thomas R. and Ethel V. (Hicks) Boston in Alma. He received his primary education and graduated from Alma Public School with class of 1948 at 16 years of age.

Following graduation, Bill worked for Cudahay Packing Company in Alma from 1948 to 1950. In May 1950, Bill moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and worked for Iowa Manufacturing in assembly for rock crushers until he was inducted into the United States Army.

On April 14, 1952, Bill was inducted into the United States Army. He was stationed in Alaska and served his country during the Korean War. Bill was Honorably Discharged on April 14, 1954.

Bill was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Johnson in Orleans, Nebraska in 1954 and to this union three boys were born: Lief, John and Michael. The family made their home in Alma where Bill worked for Swanson Produce in Oxford and Alma Block and Lumber in Alma, making cement blocks.

Bill worked as a lineman, repairman and installer for the General Telephone Company for over 34 years.

Bill served as the Mayor of Alma for 8 ½ years, also serving on the Alma City Council for over 30 years combined. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Alma, the Fay Cady American Legion Post # 118 for over 48 years, serving as the Commander for the last couple years and was a Board Member of the Alma Senior Center.

He enjoyed hunting deer, turkey and pheasant. He enjoyed gardening, even wanting to plant a garden this year.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Robert Boston, Cecil Boston and his wife Mary, and Thomas Boston; two sisters: Vera Woodward and her husband, Russell and Isabelle Petersen and her husband Lyle; sisters-in-law: Charlene (Bach) Boston, Gale Boston and Vicki Boston.

Bill leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Beverly of Alma; sons: Lief Boston and his wife, Lisa of Morganton, North Carolina, John Boston and his wife, Clarice of Odessa, Nebraska and Mike Boston and his wife, Lynne of Hastings, Nebraska; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three brothers: Dell Boston and his wife, Marion of Maridian, Idaho, Reid Boston and his wife, Marie of Alma and Ronald Boston and his wife, Janice of Alma; two sisters-in-law: Irene Boston of Holdrege, Nebraska and Joyce Boston of Loveland, Colorado; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma.

A memorial has been established in Bill's name and can be designated to the United Methodist Church – Parsonage fund.

Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma is in charge of the arrangements

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