Carl Richard Boehlert (Dick), 92, of Bluffton, South Carolina, passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Hilton Head Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born on July 7, 1925, in Oneida, New York, the son of Carl A. and Grace L. Boehlert. He was a graduate of Oneida High School, Class of 1943. Dick served in the Navy in World War II. He was one of the youngest commissioned officers in the Navy at the age of 19. He served in the Pacific front, as a Lieutenant JG aboard an LCI. After serving in World War II, he graduated from Cornell University and later received his law degree from Fordham University. He began practicing law in New York City. In New York, he met the love of his life, Marjorie A. Fogarty and they married September 29, 1951. They remained happily married until Marge’s death on October 22, 2004. Marge and Dick initially lived in Yonkers, New York where three of their 5 children were born. In 1959, they moved to Falls Church, Virginia where Dick worked as an attorney for the Federal Government. He worked for the General Services Administration and the Department of the Interior before retiring from the Environmental Protection Agency as the Associate General Counsel for EPA’s grants and contracts programs. After retiring from the Federal Government, Dick founded his own consulting group, Contract, Grant and Environmental Consulting, Inc.
He was very active in the affairs of St. James’s Catholic Church, in Falls Church, serving in various capacities. Dick also was very involved in all of his children’s events. He coached CYO basketball, announced at swim team events and was always in the stands to cheer on his children.
Dick also helped design and patent a disposable pet dish. Dick and Marge also subdivided their property and built a housing development called McLean Glenn and the main street was named after Marge Boehlert, Marbo Ct.
He loved spending time with his children and their many pets, including cats, dogs, rabbits, and horses. As his children began their adult lives, he and Marge began dividing time among their homes in Falls Church, Virginia, Ocean City, Maryland, and in Sun City, Bluffton, South Carolina. Dick moved to Sun City Hilton Head permanently in 2005.
Dick loved golf, and played as often as possible in the Hilton Head area. He enjoyed showing his grandchildren the alligators and the low country and telling them stories of his past in upstate New York, the Navy, and in Washington, DC. He was a devoted Catholic.
CRB, Dick, Dad, Grandpa, Mr. Boehlert. He was called by many names, and was truly one of a kind. He will be sorely missed by so many.
He is survived by five children and their spouses, nine grand-children, and one great-grandchild, recently born in September of this year. His children: Stephen (Kathy) Boehlert of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Garry (Trixie Moser) Boehlert of Washington, DC, Gail (Mark) Boswell of Houston, Texas, Thomas (Wendy) Boehlert of Ellicott City, Maryland, and Gretchen (Charles) Rudesyle of Bluffton, South Carolina. His grandchildren: Elizabeth (Eric) Lea and his great-granddaughter, Bonnelle Lea of Gypsum, Colorado; Marjorie Boehlert of Richmond Virginia, Cameron Boswell of Houston, Texas, Chadwick Boswell of Brooklyn, New York, Chase Boswell of Houston, Texas, Daniel Boehlert, Bryan Boehlert, Patrick Boehlert of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Kellie Boehlert, of Ellicott City, Maryland. His siblings, two sisters, Sister M. Carleen Boehlert, IHM, of Scranton, PA, and Barbara Potter, of Oneida Castle; two brothers, James (Rose Marie) Boehlert, of Vestal and Sylvan Beach, and William (Carolyn) Boehlert, of Rio Medina, TX; a sister-in-law, Mary Boehlert, of Murrieta, CA; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Dick was predeceased by two sisters, Frances B. Ironside, on May 30, 2001 and Mary Alice Lyons on August 12, 2017; two brothers, John B. Boehlert, on June 3, 2006 and Edward J. “Ted” Boehlert on April 9, 2009; two brothers-in-law, James D. Ironside on December 14, 1982 and Robert W. Potter, on June 15, 2011.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 27th, with a Funeral Mass beginning at 10:30am at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 31 St. Gregory Drive, Bluffton, SC 29909. Interment will take place on Monday October 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM in Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Road, Triangle, VA 22172. Family and friends are invited and may call on Thursday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910, 843-815-5535.
Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton
Thursday October 26th, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm
90 Simmonsville Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church
Friday October 27th, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
31 St. Gregory Drive
Bluffton, SC 29909
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He hired me as an EPA contract attorney in 1972, and I spent a long and satisfying career at the agency. Dick Boehlert was a thoroughly decent gentleman, and I am saddened by his passing.
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Diane lit a candle on Oct 26 2017 01:21:35 PM
He was always kind and very sweet .Enjoyed speaking with him cause he always put a smile on my fac God bless.
Submitted by Diane Tanner on Oct 26 2017 01:20:47 PM
Oh Dear Dick. What a sweetheart you were and always smiling. I remember the day I met you and marge at your lovely home in McLean. It was always such a treat to see you at Saint Gregory's. May the Angels surround you in heaven and The Blessed Mother be by your side. Blessings....Always, Grace McAdams
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God Bless You Dick for all eternity.
You are now the Luck One to spnd all eternity with YOUR Almighty GOD.
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