Julien Otis “Boes” Boesinger, 97, died at his residence on Saturday April 11, 2015. He was born in Forest Hills, NY on September 16, 1917.
Boes graduated from the New York School of Forestry at Syracuse with a degree in chemical engineering. Before beginning his career in the pulp and paper industry, he served 5 ½ years in the U.S. Army during WWII, achieving the rank of Captain. After WWII, Boes served in the Army reserves and resumed his career in the pulp and paper industry with the Mead Corporation.
In 1947 he married Mary Sue Pierce in Gate City, VA and accepted his first position as plant manager for the Mead Corporation in Harriman, TN, where his first daughter Margaret Lewis was born in 1949. With advancements in his career, Boes accepted positions as plant manager and personnel director in Nashville, TN and Sylva, NC. His second daughter Emily Grace was born in 1953. In 1959 he and his family moved to Cincinnati, OH where he held the position of customer service manager for the Cincinnati Mead division. Boes traveled extensively for the Mead Corporation, attending clients throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
Boes was a life long devoted member of the Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, OH. As a young man he developed a passion for the outdoors, hiking with his father, joining the Boy Scouts, and working on a farm in upstate NY. As a Boy Scout camp counselor, Boes was given the honor to fire the 21 gun salute to welcome Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the camp. He was also thrilled by the opportunity to pull a tug boat whistle in New York Harbor upon Charles Lindbergh’s return from his transatlantic flight. Boes was an avid reader, aficionado of world geography and a lover of golf and gardening. He enjoyed museums, the symphony and the theatre.
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In 2009 Boes and his wife Mary Sue moved to Windsor Point in Fuquay-Varina, NC to be closer to family. He found new friends and family there and loved being a part of the Troubadours singing ensemble.
Family and friends would agree that Boes was a noble and kindhearted gentleman. He was generous with his blessings as much as with his love and kindness. He never met a stranger and never forgot a face or a name.
Boes is survived by his wife, Mary Sue of 67 years; daughters, Margaret Sjoberg (Eric) and Emily Holloway (John); loving grandchildren, Abigail, Sarah, Michael and Pierce; and sister, Aldine Russ of Atlanta GA.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on May 16, 2015 for family and friends at First United Methodist Church, 402 N Main Street, Fuquay-Varina.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to North Carolina Symphony, 3700 Glenwood Ave. Suite 130, Raleigh, NC 27512 or North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped FNCLBPH, 1841 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27535. Boes’s family would like to thank Transitions LifeCare Hospice and his caregivers, Diana and Kim for their skilled care and kind attentions.
Condolences may be made at www.thomasfuneral.com