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Olaf S. Boes Olaf S. Boes, 30, of Burlington, Mich., died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, as the result of an automobile accident. A funeral was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Union City Wesleyan Church, with  Pastor Marty Burdick officiating. A gathering of friends and family was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation, in Union City, Mich. Olaf Samuel Boes, aka “Opie,” was born October 20, 1985 in Battle Creek, Mich., to Roger Allen Boes and the former Sandra Kay Johnson. He attended Union City Community Schools and graduated in 2004. A happy person who was full of energy, Olaf was a very well-liked, outdoorsy-kind-of-guy who never missed an opportunity to hunt deer or go fishing. Some of his favorite fishing spots were on Union Lake, off the Arbogast Bridge and on Lee Lake. Growing up, he wrestled at 128 pounds and played baseball. He also played softball for the Union City Wesleyan Church. Olaf’s family referred to him as a “sports-talker” who liked to converse about anything athletic. MSU teams and the Chicago Cubs were his favorites. Olaf worked at Interstate Sealant and Concrete, a traveling job for a company that was based out of Wisconsin. He worked for the carpentry union and was also a laborer for Lansing Poured Walls. Most recently, he was a shift leader at MKD Granite in Marshall. While he liked sports and working with his hands, family was the most important thing in Olaf’s life. He called his mother in Kentucky every day. Olaf’s 10-year-old daughter Isabel or “Bel,” was his world and the love of his life. He served as her personal softball coach, took her to the ocean and dining on a pier in Florida, hiking and to the Cumberland Falls in Kentucky. Nicknamed “Wendy” on account of his red hair and freckles that looked like the girl on the Wendy’s restaurant sign, Olaf liked eating at McDonald’s and Little Caesar’s. Despite his love of fast food, he could grill a mean steak. Known for his sense of humor, Olaf liked to gross people out visually by dislocating his little finger. On a more serious note, he loved music and was frequently founding kicking back and listening to his favorite band, Three Days Grace. Opie is survived by his mother, Sandra Kay Anderson of London, Ky.; his daughter, Isabel Griffith of Hudson; his brothers, Ryan Boes, Bryan Tackett, and Scott Tackett of Kentucky, Jason Boes of Detroit and Nathan Boes of Detroit; his sister, HiDe Dunithan of Kentucky; his grandparents, George (Fay) Johnson of Burlington. Mich.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Roger Boes; and a brother, Elwyn Collyer. Another brother, Carl Tackett, died in the same automobile accident that claimed Olaf’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family in care of Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation, P.O. Box 161, Union City, Mich.,49094. Please visit www.lighthousefuneral.com to share memories, pictures and videos with the family.
Published on  January 27, 2016
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