Longtime Alaska and Nikiski resident Richard "Dick" D. Boling died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at his home. He was 66.
Graveside services will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at a private family burial in the Rappe Family Cemetery in Nikiski.
Mr. Boling was born Aug. 8, 1942, in Lamar, Colo. He graduated as class president of Springfield High School, where he excelled in spelling. He placed second in the state that year.
Mr. Boling served two years in the military as company clerk in Korea. He married Marilyn Young and had a daughter. They divorced and in 1976, he moved to Anchorage, where he met and later married Ellen Rappe. They later moved to Daniels Lake. Mr. Boling was a sheet rocker by trade. In his youth, he worked the horse racing circuit which he loved. He enjoyed fishing at Swanson River, the Denver Broncos, shooting pool and spending time with his family.
Mr. Boling was preceded in death by his parents; son, Darron; brother; and step-son, Larry Rappe, and his wife, Ellen Jane Rappe-Boling.
He is survived by his daughter, Julie Snyder of Bailey, Colo.; stepsons, Craig Rappe of Wasilla and Don and Brad Rappe, of Nikiski; stepdaughter, Kay Rappe of Nikiski; step-daughter-in-law, Dee Rappe of Nikiski; four grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren; 20 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-granddaughter.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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