There is something about a Firefighter Funeral that just always seems to put goose bumps on you. Could it be the family scene, the uniforms, the trucks and lights or the bag pipes?
Well today we held a wonderful Service for a Dear Retired Brother firefighter.
My Husband has been working with the family since last Wednesday night just after his passing to help them with the planning of the service.
There are so many questions to be answered. Do they want funeral with the fire department involved? Do they want a church funeral? If so which church?
Who is their choice of priest, minister, rabbi, or other religious representative?
Where is the funeral Home? Who is the funeral director? Who is coordinating the food?
From the funeral home and into the Hurst goes the American flag covered casket holding our dear friend and retired Firefighter Walt, The procession doesn’t have to go far yet it is led by My husbands command vehicle, 2 Fire trunks then the Hurst.
Surrounded by family and friends, Walt’s casket blanketed with an American flag is removed from the Hurst and the casket honors carry it through a short line of retired Vets from the VFW. The graveside service continues, the Firefighters all lined up and standing at attention, The Military standing with their riffles at attention behind the firefighters and the military bugle just off in the distance.
Wow what a view and how proud this family will be once this storm settles, but right now a Husband, Father, brother, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and Friend is getting one of the biggest send off’s ever. He is a Hero’.
Walter Boschee, born May 3rd, 1930 in Mercer, North Dakota, died April 8th 2009 in Kennewick, Washington.
Preceded in death by his parents Mike and Elizabeth Boschee, brothers George & Bill Boschee.
Survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Boschee; children Also survived by brothers, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren.
Walter moved with his family to Milton Freewater, Oregon at a young age and graduated from High School there in 1950. Not too long after he met Shirley Hull and they married in September 1955.
Walter retired from Western Paper Company in 1993. In addition, he served as a Benton County volunteer Firefighter from 1964 thru 1995 and Second Harvest Food Bank in Kennewick for several years. Walter's greatest passions outside of his family were fishing at Badger Lake, hunting, gardening, yard sales and working with wood.
The Military now have the floor and give the family the honors of being a Vet, They talk about the Riffle in the ground and for with it means, with hat, dog tags, cross and boots. Then we hear the orders and ready aim Fire, Fire, Fire…. Then we listen to the most beautiful sound coming from the distant bugle “taps”.
Good By our Friend Thank you for what you have tought us.