Deihl Norman Boots, 102, of Park Rapids, went to meet his Savior Saturday, May 4, 2013.
He was born Oct. 4, 1910, in Cresbard, S.D. to Howard and Bertha Boots. He was one of eight children. As a young boy, he moved with his family to North Dakota where they farmed; he later moved again as a young man with his family in a covered wagon to northern Minnesota.
In 1942, Deihl joined the National Guard and later the United States Army where he proudly served his country during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines and New Guinea.
After his honorable discharge, Deihl made his home in California where he met and married Eve Harris. This union was blessed with one daughter, Candace Lynn Boots.
After moving to California, he worked for a time in the tire business and then in the chicken business. From there, he became employed at Sunkist Corporation, where he worked for over 20 years before retiring in the early 70s.
He then moved to Michigan where he met and married Irene. They eventually made their home in Park Rapids. He later was united in marriage to Clara Wills and they made their home in Park Rapids where much of his family resided.
Deihl was very active and had many hobbies. He loved cooking, gardening and caring for his numerous indoor plants. He also enjoyed traveling and did a lot of that in his retirement. It was also during this time that he became an adept real estate investor. He lived independently in his own apartment until age 101 when he moved into assisted living.
In October of 2012, he became a resident of Heritage Living Center. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church and the Senior Citizen Center, both of Park Rapids.
Deihl will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Candace Boots, of Vancouver, Wash.; granddaughter, Allison Atkinson, of Washington; three great-grandchildren, sister, Leta Boots of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother, Darrell Boots of Park Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Deihl was preceded in death by his parents; four wives; three brothers, Algae, Percy and Murill; and two sisters, (Vergie and Tressa).
Funeral service: 1 p.m. Friday May 10, at the First Baptist Church, Park Rapids. Pastor Joshua Hawn will officiate.
Visitation: one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Interment: Greenwood Cemetery.
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