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Wilbur Carl William Boethin

Born - Wednesday, November 20,1918

 Phillips County, Kansas

Married - Wednesday, April 11, 1945

 Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

 Died - Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Hays Medical Center

Hays, Ellis County, Kansas

Buried - Thursday, November 13, 2003

Pleasant View Cemetery, Logan, Kansas


Buried - Pleasant View Cemetery



Wilbur & Ella (Merklein) Boethin




Wilbur C. Boethin

LOGAN Wilbur C. Boethin, 84, died Tuesday, November 11, 2003, at Hays Medical Center, at the age of 84 years, 11 months and 22 days.

He was born November 20, 1918, in Phillips County to William L. and Marie (Fink) Boethin. He married Ella Merklein on April 11, 1945 in Stuttgart. He was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; two daughters, Virginia D. Charbonneau, Topeka, and Vivian Luft, Norton; two brothers, Calvin Boethin, Stockton, and Max Schick, Phillipsburg; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stuttgart; burial in Pleasant View Cemetery, Logan.

Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Logan Funeral Home and until service time Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Wilbur Boethin Memorial Fund.

The Hays Daily News

 November 12, 2003



Wife -Ella B. (Merklein) Boethin

Born - February 9, 1926

Phillips County, Kansas

Died - May 29, 2004

Her Home, Norton, Kansas

Buried - Wednesday, June 1, 2004

Pleasant View Cemetery, Logan, Kansas

Father - Edward Henry Merklein

Mother - Maria C. (Wagner) Merklein


Wilbur & Ella (Merklein) Boethin




Ella B. Boethin

Ella Barbara Margaret (Merklein) Boethin, 78, died May 29, 2004.

She lived on their farm and then in their home in the town of Logan, her entire married life.

Mrs. Boethin was born on a farm south of Stuttgart on

February 9, 1926, the daughter of Edward and Maria (Wagner)

Merklein. She was baptized on March 7, 1926 and later confirmed

in the Lutheran faith on June 18, 1939, at the Emmanuel

Evangelical Lutheran Church at Stuttgart.

On April 11, 1945, she married Wilber C. Boethin of Logan. They

made their home in Clearfield, Utah, for almost a year before moving

back to Kansas. They lived on a farm 7 miles north of Logan.

Mrs. Boethin loved farm life and raised chickens, ducks and geese.

She was an accomplished homemaker, canning fruits, vegetables

and meats for many years. She delivered eggs to customers on a

weekly basis and also worked in several homes.

Survivors include her two daughters, Virginia and Robert Charbonneau,

Topeka; and Vivian and Mike Luft, Norton; a sister. Betty Marie

Zillinger of rural Phillipsburg; and three grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held Wednesday at the church in Stuttgart

with Pastor Eric Bodenstab officiating. Phyllis Merklein accompanied

the congregation while they sang "Softly and Tenderly",

"How Great Thou Art", and "O, Take My Hand Dear Father".

Casket bearers were Steve Schick, William Schick, Kerry Zillinger,

Dale Merklein, Merlyn Schick and Dough Zillinger. Honorary

bearers were Max Schick, Rick Schurz, Jack Rundle, Jerry Kessler,

Leland Rundle, Calvin Boethin, Keith Grammon, Bob Withington,

Johnnie Parsons and Dwight Merklein.

Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Logan.

Logan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




Our heartfelt Thanks for the kindnesses shown our family

since the loss of our loved one. Your prayers, cards, phone calls,

floral tributes and memorials have all been appreciated.

A special "Thank You" to the ladies of Emmanuel Evangelical

Lutheran Church for providing lunch before the service.

The Family of Ella B. Boethin

The Norton Telegram

June 8, 2004




Daughter - Virginia Dianne (Boethin) Charbonneau

Married - Wednesday, April 20, 1966

Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas

Husband - Robert Charbonneau


Boethin ~ Charbonneau

Wedding vows and rings were exchanged at 5 o'clock in the afternoon on April 20, 1966. at Emporia, Kansas, by Virginia D. Boethin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur C. Boethin, Logan, and Robert L. Charbonneau, son of Mr. and Mrs. Narcisse J. Charbonneau, Concordia.


The bride wore a streets length, long sleeved dress of white welted cotton. The pleated skirt was accented with a bow on the left side. She wore a simple white veil. Her only jewelry was an Ivory carved white rose. She observed the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, with a penny in her shoe, and carried a cascade of white roses tied with blue bows on a white Bible.


Lynda Croucher attended the bride as maid of honor and Betty Calcagni was the bridesmaid.


The best man, Henry Crist, attended the groom. Both the groom and the best man wore white rosebud boutonnieres.


A small reception was held after the ceremony at the home of Betty Calcagni, Emporia, with a wedding dinner following the reception.


After a brief honeymoon, the bride is now at home at 1024 1/2 Commercial, Emporia, where she is continuing her education at the Kansas State Teachers College, and the groom is serving aboard the Naval Destroyer, the USS Southerland, stationed in San Diego, California, and will spend six months in Viet Nam.


Logan Republican

May, 1976




Daughter - Vivian  Gail (Boethin) Luft

Married - Saturday, September 11, 1976

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Husband - Michael Lynn Luft



Boethin ~ Luft Wedding

Marriage vows were exchanged by Vivian Gail Boethin and Michael Lynn Luft in a candlelight double ring ceremony at seven p.m. Saturday, September 11, 1976. Held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Stuttgart, the Reverend Duane Levin was the officiating clergyman.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur C. Boethin of Logan and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Luft of Almena.

Mrs. Duane Levin played a prelude of organ music and accompanied the soloist, Norman Merklein who sang "The Wedding Song" and "The Wedding Prayer", and

"The Lord's Prayer."

Brass vases of pink, blue, and white carnations centered with a single log stem red rose and lighted tapers decorated the altar. Two seven branch candelabra decorated with carnations held the tapers.

The color was repeated with bows marking the pews and greenery and bows adorning the chancel.

Tapers were lighted preceding the ceremony by Debra (Post) Atchison, Agra, cousin of the bride, and Karen Hillman, Norton. They wore pink dresses similar to the attendants.

Each wore a wrist corsage of the bride's colors in pixie carnations.

Give in marriage by her parents and escorted to the alter by her father, the bride wore a floor length gown of organza and jeweled Chantilace. Lace overlaid the V-neckline, Victorian sleeves and cuffs and accented the bodice. Venise and Chantilace followed the princess lines of the skirt and motifs accented the attached Watteau chapel length train. Venise lace finished the hemline and covered her bonnet. Accented with satin bows, pearls, aurora crystals and sequins. it held the elbow length four tier bouffant veil of nylon illusion. \

She carried a bouquet of twelve sweetheart red roses with pink, blue and white carnations and baby's breath. A silver cross necklace was entwined in the bouquet. Her only jewelry was a heart shaped diamond pendent, a gift of the groom. She observed the tradition of something old, new, borrowed, and blue and carried pennies in her shoes.

Virginia Charbonneau, Topeka, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Brenda Mongeau, Stockton, cousin of the bride, was brides matron, and Darlene (Luft) Horton, Lenore, sister of the groom, was bridesmaid.

They wore blue empire dresses with pink and white flowers. Each carried a long stem red rose. The attendants dresses and the brides mother's dress were all made by Mrs. Pam Edgett, Norton.

The groom was attired in a blue tuxedo with a blue ruffled shirt and a blue bowtie. His boutonniere complimented the bridal  bouquet. Steven Hawks, Almena, served as best man. Jerry Wiley, El Dorado Springs, Missouri, and Jerry Waggoner, Hays, served as groomsmen. They wore white tuxedos with black ruffled pink shirts and white bowties.

They each wore a red rose boutonniere.

Kristy Mongeau, Stockton, cousin of the bride, was the flower girl. Her dress was identical to the candle lighters. She carried a basket of flowers similar to the bride's accented with multicolored ribbons.

D. J. Baird, Almena, was the ring bearer. He carried the rings on a heart shaped satin pillow, designed and made by the bride's great aunt,

Alwina Boethin of Phillipsburg.

Guests were seated by Robert Charbonneau, Topeka, brother-in-law of the bride, Merlyn Schick, Fremont, Nebraska, cousin of the bride, Dick Dole, and Mike Hawks, Almena.

The mother of the bride chose a floor length pink knit dress with white accessories. The groom's mother wore a floor length ivory knit dress with a lace overlay. Each wore a corsage of pink, blue and white carnations with three sweetheart red roses.

Guests were registered by Marsha Davison, Norton.

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception was held in the church basement. Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kellerman, Stuttgart, served as hosts and hostesses.

The serving table was covered with an ivory tablecloth with pink underlay, centered with a four tier wedding cake decorated in the bride's colors. Mrs. Mike Preuss, Stuttgart, baked and decorated the cake topped with a miniature bride and groom with a pearl heart background.

Mrs. Alwina Boethin cut and served the cake. Mrs. Bud Hillman, Norton, dipped the punch and Mrs. Ray Welch, Norton, poured the coffee.

Receiving the gifts were Paula Post and Marla Romjue, Norton. Rice bags and match books were distributed during the reception.

Following the reception, a wedding dance was held at the city building in Logan. Music was provided by the "Stringbanders" of Phillipsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Nichol, Logan, led the grand march.

For going away, the bride wore a blue pant suit and a corsage matching her bouquet.

Mrs. Luft is a graduate of Logan High School, Colby Community Junior College, and Fort Hays Kansas State College. She is employed as the surgical supervisor at the Norton County Hospital.

Mr. Luft is a graduate of Northern Valley High School and Goodland Vo-Tech School. He is employed at the Norton County Co-op Elevator.

After a honeymoon trip to the Ozarks, they are at home at Wayside Trailer Court, Lot 15, Norton.


Mr. and Mrs. Lester Luft hosted a wedding rehearsal dinner at the Colonial Lounge in Phillipsburg, September 10.

Guests were the honored couple, Vivian Boethin and Mike Luft, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur C. Boethin, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Luft, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Charbonneau, Darlene Luft and Larry Horton, Mrs. Albert Mongeau and Kristy, Steven Hawks, Jerry Waggoner, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wiley, Mrs. Kathy Baird, D. J. and Shane, Mrs. Bud Hillman and Karen, Don Peterson, Debra Post and Jay Atchison, Rev. and Mrs. Duane Levin, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Merklein, Mike Hawks, Dick Dole and Merlyn Schick.

Logan Republican

December 30, 1976




Brother - Milton Nichalus Paul Boethin

Born - October 19,1921


Veteran Korean WarBrother - Calvin Edward Carl Boethin

Born - August 19,1929


Adopted Brother - Max Schick

Nephew of William L . Boethin



Father - William Leonard Boethin

Mother - Maria Apollonia Katharina(Fink) Boethin






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