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Francis X. Boggess

October 24, 2012
Estherville Daily News

ESTHERVILLE - Mass of Christian Burial for Francis X. Boggess, 92, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville with Monsignor Michael Sernett as Celebrant. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Interment will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Estherville with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.

He died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.

Francis Xavier Boggess, the son of Les and Mary (Nolan) Boggess, was born Feb. 22, 1920, in Estherville.

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Francis X. Boggess

He attended Estherville High School, graduating in 1937. He then attended Estherville Junior College 1938-1939. Francis served in U.S. Air Corp 1942-1946 as a radio operator and was discharged as corporal.

Returning home from service, he worked at the Estherville Ready Mix and was part of the surveyors crew for the State Highway Commission.

He enrolled at Drake University in 1949 majoring in education where he received three degrees: bachelor's in 1950, master's in 1954 and EDS in 1966. He also attended summer school sessions at Colorado State, University of Cincinnati and University of Minnesota.

Francis began teaching English and business subjects in Kensett High School in 1951 where he coached both boys and girls varsity basketball. He became principal of Kensett High School in 1954. He served as junior high principal for 15 years at Northwood-Kensett before becoming high-school principal in 1981 until his retirement in 1992. Francis started the girls basketball program at Northwood-Kensett High School and coached the girls there for 12 years. The Iowa High School Athletic Association awarded Francis for his contribution to high-school athletics

He was a member of National Association of Secondary School Principals; National Education Association; St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville; Knights of Columbus; American Legion and Elks Lodge.

Francis's interests included all sporting events but he especially enjoyed watching Notre Dame football and Drake basketball. He was an avid reader and loved working crossword puzzles. Francis enjoyed traveling both in the U.S. and Europe visiting Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Austria and Germany. He traveled with his best friend Robert Perkins, a fellow educator whom he met while they were both students at Drake.

Left to cherish Francis's memory are 21 nieces and nephews and many more grand-nieces and nephews.

Preceding Francis in death were his parents, Les and Mary; his two brothers, Nolan and Maurice and his sister, Virginia (Boggess) Johnson.

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