Joseph Boshinski, 87, of Greeley, passed away on January 31, 2019 in Greeley, Colorado. He was born to Charles and Anna (Dudek) Boshinski on February 28, 1931 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is best remembered by his friends as Joe Bo.
Joe was raised on a dairy farm outside of Scranton, PA where he learned the value of a hard day’s work and respect for the land. He graduated from Honesdale High in 1949 and enlisted in the Air Force on July 11, 1950. While stationed at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY he made a trip to Greeley where he met the love of his life, Charlotte Henney, at Warnoco Skating Rink. Joseph proudly served during the Korean War and volunteered for active duty. The Air Force had other plans and sent him to Ernest Harmon Air Force Base in Newfoundland, Canada. Charlotte joined him there and they were married on February 2, 1952. Their first son, Joseph Allen was born in Newfoundland. They were then transferred to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA where their daughter, Linda Susan, was born. After Joe’s discharge in July 1954 they moved their family back to Greeley where son, Matthew Charles, was born. Greeley remained their forever home.
Joe was a man of many talents which included playing the guitar and the harmonica, repairing old clocks, carpentry, creative writing, and fishing and hunting just to name a few. In his younger years he was an amateur boxer and fought in two semi-pro fights. In 1971 he purchased a plot of land in Big Elk Meadows. Along with family and friends, he began to fulfill his dream of building a mountain cabin, The Polish Ponderosa.
Joe was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church. He became interested in the Boy Scout Program in 1960 and dedicated 16 years as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 3. He was a highly respected and tough leader who touched the lives of many young men. He was especially proud that both his sons are Eagle Scouts. He was recognized for his service with the following awards: Scouter’s Key, Certificate of Meritorious Service, Episcopal Churchman’s Award and the Silver Beaver Award, a council-level distinguished service award. After retiring as Scoutmaster, he remained active in the Boy Scout program for another 14 years.
In addition to his involvement with the church and Boy Scouts, Joe is a Lifetime member of the Greeley Elks Lodge 809. He wrote the Americanism Report for the Elks bulletin for more years than can be counted with his last report submitted in January. He earned the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award, Greeley Elk of the Month Award, Citizen of the Year Award, and Elk of the Year Award.
Joe retired from US West Communications, previously Mountain Bell, as a special services supervisor. During that time, he served for three years as the Mountain Bell Loaned Executive for United Way. After retirement he was a member and past president of the Telephone Pioneers and was a board member for Weld Santa Cops.
JoeBo was a man who loved his family and his Country. He lived his life with integrity, patriotism, compassion for others, and the gift of service. He was a class act best remembered for his western dress, bolo ties, and his beloved pipe!
Joe is survived by his children, Joe (Judi) Boshinski, Linda (John) Springer, Matt (Linda) Boshinski and former daughter-in-law Jill Boshinski; grandchildren, Joseph “Nick” (Amanda) Boshinski, Bradley (Amber) Springer, Eryn (Dan) Wittler, Mark (Nicole) Springer, Eric (Heather) Boshinski, and Bryan Boshinski (Molly Tillman); 9 great grandchildren; siblings, Dorothy Mecca and Charles (Carol) Boshinski. He is also survived by his dear friend and companion, Glory Ann Boone.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte; parents, and siblings, Veronica Ketz and Connie Matson.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Greeley Elks Club in care of Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634. Friends may leave condolences at AdamsonCares.com.
Life Celebration Memorial will be held at 10 am, Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3800 20th Street in Greeley. A reception will be held immediately after at the Greeley Elks Lodge 3061 W. 29th Street Greeley, CO 80634. All scouts and scouters, regardless of rank or Troop are invited to wear any of their medals or kerchiefs.