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Dr. Kenneth M. Boese
1925 - 2010
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MANHATTAN — Dr. Kenneth M. Boese, 84, Manhattan, passed away Sept. 8 at the Leonardville Nursing Home, Leonardville. He was born Sept. 30, 1925, at Hoisington, the son of Jacob Boese and Mabel Whipple Boese. He grew up in Hoisington, where he attended the local schools. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and the Kansas University School of Medicine.

Ken was a veteran of World War II, serving in a medical unit in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre with the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He was united in marriage to Marcia Hail on Aug. 29, 1953, in Lawrence. She survives, of the home. Dr. Boese served his residency in Wichita and moved to Manhattan in 1957 to establish his practice in General and Family Medicine. He retired in 1988.

Dr. Boese was a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter-day Saints, the Manhattan Sertoma Club, AMA (American Medical Association) and the AAFP (American Academy of Family Practitioners).

In addition to his wife, Dr. Boese is survived by three daughters, Mary Rank and her husband, Michael, Mountain View, Calif., Cheryl Caldwell and her husband, Gordon, Lawrence, and Brenda Cannon and her husband, Declan, Ridgefield Park, N.J.; and five grandchildren, Michelle Rank, Joshua Beham, Sam Beham, Courtney Caldwell and Alix Caldwell. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Elton Boese.

Cremation is planned. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, in the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, Manhattan. Inurnment, with full military honors, will follow in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery, Manhattan. The family of Dr. Boese will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Riley County Humane Society and left in care of the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent to

Funeral arrangements provided by

Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home*

1317 Poyntz Ave.

Manhattan, KS 66502


Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 10, 2010