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