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David Stanley Boe

October 25, 1964 — October 23, 2023

Duluth

David Stanley Boe, 58, passed away into God’s care on October 23rd, 2023, surrounded by loved one’s in the ICU at St. Luke’s Hospital. David was born to Herbert R. “Russell” Boe and Norma Janke Boe in Miles City, Montana on October 25th, 1964. David’s early years were spent in Broadus, Montana until the family moved to Duluth, Minnesota. David attended Glen Avon Presbyterian Church while growing up, went to Kenwood Elementary, Woodland Jr. High, and graduated from Duluth East High School in 1983.

After high school, David decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining the United States Army on July 26, 1983. David’s military experience included Active-Duty Army, Army Reserves, and the Air National Guard between 1983 to when he retired as a Staff Sergeant on March 31, 2006.  His duty stations included Kansas, Germany, Balkans, Southwest Asia, Panama, Costa Rica, and the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While in the military, he was an Air Defense Artillery Crewman, a Company, Battalion, Division-level administrative assistant, a Fuel Supply Specialist, and a Public Affairs Specialist with the Army and the Air National Guard. David was a veteran of the Gulf War and Operation Joint Guard/Endeavor SFOR in Bosnia/Herzegovina. 

After the Gulf War, David left Active-Duty and Germany to come home to Minnesota. He gained his Associate of Arts Degree from Lake Superior College, Duluth, Minnesota and graduated Magna cum Laude in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin Superior. He also attended Defense Information School (DINFOS) in Military Public Affairs at Fort Meade, Maryland. 

From 1998 -2011, David was a Staff Assistant for United States Congressman James L. Oberstar. He was the primary Congressional liaison with regional military units, veterans affairs offices, clinics, homes and organizations, and education affiliates. From 2011-2013, he was the Personal and Public Relations Assistant. David enjoyed working with municipal, county, state, and federal agencies and the media. 

David gave back to the community that he loved by being on the Renegade Theater Board (2013-2014), the Duluth Airport Authority Board (2004-2008), the Lake Superior College Foundation Board (2004-2010), was the Entertainment and Public Relations Director for the Duluth Air Show (2001-2011), the City of Duluth Citizens Comprehensive Plan Committee (2000-2002), the City of Duluth Public Arts Committee (1999-2003) and was a Cub Scout Den Leader (2009-2011). 

David was an exceptionally gifted and talented writer, reporter, and editor. He wrote, edited, and photographed for a wide variety of military and civilian publications, and for individual clients. He also won many awards for his outstanding writing. David also loved speech and debate and joined Toastmasters in 2019. 

David was well-known for his witty, dry sense of humor and for being very kind and caring. He loved everything about history and was a Civil War aficionado. His favorite hobby was collecting and playing his wargames. He loved the strategy involved in these hypothetical simulations of military operations. David loved to walk, the theater, rooting for the Vikings, was a fan of Star Trek, had a fondness for cats, and above all, he extremely loved his family. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him dearly. 

Preceded in death were his parents, Russell and Norma Boe; and brother, Gary Allen Boe. David is survived by his children Michael (Nadine) Boe of Germany, Lars (Sylvia) Boe of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Anders Boe and Adara Boe of Duluth; siblings, Ronald (Susan) Boe of Phoenix, Arizona and Julene Boe (Dale Lucas) of Duluth; first wife, Conny Hemmer of Germany and his second wife, Kristina Solon-Boe of Duluth.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Bayshore Residence for the almost 6 years that David lived there and to all the doctors, nurses, and specialists on 7 West and the ICU at St. Luke’s Hospital for their kindness and care.

 

Visitation: 5-7pm Thursday, November 2nd and 10-11 am Friday, November 3rd at Dougherty Funeral Home. 

Funeral: Friday, November 3rd at Dougherty Funeral Home. Followed by burial at Park Hill Cemetery with military honors.

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. Second St., (218) 727-3555.

The service will be live-streamed on the Dougherty Funeral Home Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dfhduluth/

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred.

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

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Friday, November 3, 2023

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