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Nicholas John "Nick"

Nicholas John "Nick" Boerger, 58, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully at his home early Tuesday morning, February 13, 2007, with his loving family at his side. Nick was born in Crookston on January 17, 1949, and was the son of Nicholas G. an...

Nicholas John "Nick" Boerger, 58, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully at his home early Tuesday morning, February 13, 2007, with his loving family at his side.
Nick was born in Crookston on January 17, 1949, and was the son of Nicholas G. and Victoria (Hedin) Boerger. He grew up in Crookston and was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. During his teen years Nick worked for local farmers. He graduated from Crookston Central High School as a member of the Class of 1967, and in August of that same year enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. On January 6, 1968 Nick was united in marriage to Barbara Louise Stadum at the Fairchild Air Force Base Chapel, near Spokane, Washington. He was a Viet Nam veteran and served with the 7th Air Force, 355th Security Squadron and the 8th Air Force, 92nd Bomb Wing. In recognition of his selfless devotion to his country Nick was awarded the Viet Nam Service Medal, the Viet Nam Campaign Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, and the Outstanding Unit and Expert Marksman Medals. Following his honorable discharge in 1971 Nick was reunited with Barb in Crookston where they made their home. He was first employed by the Crookston Bottling Company and then in 1974 began working for Anderson Beverages, Inc. In 1980 he went to work for Triple A Ready Mix of Crookston and in 1982 for Northern Paving. From 1992 through 1996 Nick was employed by the Polk County ODC and then for the Polk County DAC until recently. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and was very involved in the Crookston community throughout his lifetime. He was a life member of Crookston VFW Post #1902, serving four times as Post Commander; and was a Past-Commander of the VFW's 9th District. Nick was currently serving as the Post's Quartermaster. He was also a thirty-year member of Crookston American Legion Post #20, a life member of the Military Order of the Cooties, and a life member of the International War Veterans Alliance. Nick looked forward to fishing and hunting; whether it was fishing with Barb on Lake of the Woods, or deer hunting for twenty years with the "crew from Ada', Barb's hometown. Always first in Nick's life however was his love for his family-his beloved wife, Barb, and son, Chris. The stars in his universe were of course his grandson, Todd Nicholas, and granddaughter, Emma Carolyn. They could always bring a smile to "PaPa's' face and a lift to his heart, no matter how tired he was feeling. During the holiday season in recent years Nick had played Santa Claus for many different functions in the community. Todd and Emma never caught on that it was PaPa. He was a natural! Throughout his life Nick always tried to do the right thing, and be a friend to anyone in their time of need. He will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who were a part of his life. May God bless his memory. Loving family members include Nick's wife and best friend, Barb; his son, Christopher Jon Boerger of Crookston; grandchildren, Todd Nicholas and Emma Carolyn Boerger; sister, Carolyn Albertson of Moorhead, MN; step-brother, Vern Strom of Elk River, MN; and step-sister-in-law, Diane (Ode) Strom of Billings, MT. Also left to mourn Nick's passing are his mother-in-law, Marie Anderson of Naytahwaush, MN; three brothers-in-law and their wives, Tony and Kathy Stadum of Eden Prairie, MN, Kevin and Tammy Anderson, and Kurt and Joyce Anderson, all of Ada, MN; a sister-in-law and her husband, Kathy and Jim Ruebke of Ada; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Nick was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Victoria; his stepmother, Adeline Strom Boerger; step-brother, Lee Strom; brother-in-law, Ed Albertson; grandparents; brother-in-law, Keith Anderson; and several aunts and uncles. The funeral service for Nicholas John "Nick' Boerger will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2007, with the Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and at the Church for one hour prior to the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veteran's Council and interment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.

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