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Alfred Julian Boren services Saturday

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Alfred Julian Boren, age 67, of Westville, Ind., passed away after an extended illness on July 16, 2014, at home with his family present.

Al was born in Valparaiso, Ind., on October 28, 1943, to Alfred L and Bonnie (Waggoner) Boren.

A much-loved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, he is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janis Boren; daughter, Sheila (Lance) Boren-Dieken of LaPorte, Ind., son; Shawn (Michelle) Boren, of Valparaiso, Ind.; five grandsons, Joshua, Jacob, Jaxon, Justin, and Dylan; and granddaughter Carmen Dieken; his mother, Bonnie Boren; brother Owen Boren; and sister Nancy Sommers.

He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Ilene Gum of North Judson, Ind.; sister-in-law, Karen (Troy) Bex, of Batavia, Ill., brothers-in-law Marvin (Mary) Gum, of Council Bluffs, Ia.; Dennis Gum of Anchorage, Alas.; Keith Gum of North Judson, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews. Megan and Matthew Dawes, CJ Gum, Derek Bex, Crystal Weltzen, and David Marvin are special people, since they made a difference in Alís life. He loved all of you.

Al was preceded in death by his grandmother, Susie Mellon; his father, Alfred L. Boren; brother, Mike Boren; and father-in-law, Marvin Gum.

He graduated from Liberty High School in 1964 and entered the United States Army in 1967. Al was a Vietnam veteran, serving from 1968 to 1969, and received an Honorable Discharge. In June of 2014 he was able to visit the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., with his wife and children. This was made possible with the assistance of Forever Young Senior Veteran Wish, an organization from Collierville, Tenn., that grants last wishes for U.S. veterans.

Al started as an Ironworker out of Local 395, Hammond, Ind., and became a Boilermaker in Local 374 until his retirement in June 2002. He was a member of the VFW in Valparaiso, and Masonic Lodge #137 in Valparaiso. Al enjoyed camping, playing with his grandsons, cookouts, and being with his family.

Al had bravely confronted and fought cancer. He fought a good fight and he kept his faith. He will be dearly missed and always loved.

The family would like to thank Dr. Eugene Lin, Dr. Michael Weiss and the VNA Hospice of Porter County. Everyone worked tirelessly to assure that Al was comfortable and well cared for to the end.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the VNA Hospice of Porter County, 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, IN, 46383; Forever Young Senior Veteran Wish: c/o Diane Hight, PO Box 1381, Collierville, TN, 38027; of Ticket for Troops: c/o Tony Benedetti, 11419 Heritage Oak Court, Reston, VA, 20194.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery with military service and escort by the Indiana Patriot Guard.

The family will receive friends at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, on Friday, July 18, from 4-8 p.m.



Posted 7/17/2014