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8-101. WILLIAM READER BOATWRIGHT (WILLIAM ARTHUR8, THOMAS WILLIAM7, THOMAS WILLIAM6, JAMES JOSEPH5, JAMES JOSEPH4, JOHN3, WILLIAM2, Not Yet Determined1) was born 24 Mar 1919 in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan, and died 15 Mar 2008 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan. He married RUBY IRENE LIEN 18 Dec 1945 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. She was born 25 Jun 1925 in Wisconsin, and died 27 Jul 1999 in Michigan.
Notes for WILLIAM READER BOATWRIGHT:
Obit: Boatwright, William Reader Ann Arbor, Michigan
Age 88,died at home March 15, 2008 after a period of failing health. He was born on March 24, 1919 to William Arthur & Eva Blanche (Chapman) Boatwright at the Old Beyer Memorial Hospital. He was married to Ruby Irene Lien on December 18, 1945 in Chicago, IL. She predeceased him in death on July 27, 1999 after 53 years of marriage.
Bill was an enlisted Veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from August 1939 to July 1947. He later enlisted in the Naval Reserves in July 1947 to July 1952. He joined the American Legion in 1941, becoming a life member of Legion Post #282 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 1956, he became a member of the Phoenix Lodge No. 13 F & AM, later becoming a lifelong member. Bill was a barber in partnership with Kenneth Schmaus for 25 years in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He later worked for the city of Ann Arbor as a housing inspector and rehabilitation specialist, retiring in February 1985. He served as President of Washtenaw County Barbers Union for two terms and one term as the Augusta Township Supervisor. He was always active in the community.
Survivors include a son, William Boatwright and his wife Deborah of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; a daughter, Deborah Hensley and her husband Michael of Tulsa, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Sarah Hensley Smith and husband Adam, William (Alex) Boatwright, Erik Vaughn Hensley; brother, Richard L. Boatwright, his children and grandchildren; and long time family friend, Todd Barber. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Joseph D. and Eva B. Yunkman and three younger brothers, Frank and Joseph Yunkman and John Arthur Boatwright. Memorial Service will be Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m. at Janowiak Funeral Home, 320 N. Washington, Ypsilanti with Pastor Marty Carter of Ypsilanti Assembly of God Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that his name be used on memorial contributions to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 5601 Northwest 72nd, Ste 124, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132.
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Published in the Ann Arbor News on MLive.com on 3/23/2008.
1920 Census: Name: William Boatwright Date: January 6, 1920 Home in 1920: Ypsilanti Ward 5, Washtenaw, Michigan Age: 9 months Estimated birth year: abt 1919 Birthplace: Michigan Relation to Head of House: Son Father's name: William M Father's Birth Place: Michigan Mother's name: Eva B Mother's Birth Place: Michigan Marital Status: Single Race: White Sex: Male Census Place: Ypsilanti Ward 5, Washtenaw, Michigan; Roll: T625_800; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 170; Image: 495. 1930 Census: Name: William R Boatwright Date: April 16, 1930 Home in 1930: Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan Age: 11 Estimated birth year: abt 1919 Birthplace: Michigan Relation to Head of House: Stepson Mother's name: Eva B Race: White Census Place: Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan; Roll: 1030; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 364.0. living with mother and step-father
Children of WILLIAM BOATWRIGHT and RUBY LIEN are:
i. WILLIAM BOATWRIGHT. ii. DEBORAH BOATWRIGHT.
8-102. RICHARD LEE BOATWRIGHT (WILLIAM ARTHUR8, THOMAS WILLIAM7, THOMAS WILLIAM6, JAMES JOSEPH5, JAMES JOSEPH4, JOHN3, WILLIAM2, Not Yet Determined1) was born
20 Feb 1928 in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan, and died 06 Dec 2008 in
Manchester, Washtenaw County, Michigan. He married MARGARET J. BOUTELL in
1950. She was born 06 Jun 1927 in Michigan, and died 23 Apr 1995 in Manchester,
Washtenaw County, Michigan.
Notes for RICHARD LEE BOATWRIGHT:
Ex-Ypsilanti mayor Boatwright dies
In office from 1970-72, 80-year-old was killed in a car crash Sunday, December 14, 2008
BY JOHN MULCAHYThe Ann Arbor News
Richard Lee Boatwright was a two-term mayor of Ypsilanti, an elementary school principal in Dearborn Heights and the person who ran an Army radio station on Attu island in the Aleutian chain during World War II.
But what his daughter, Jane Cook, remembers most about Boatwright was her father playing their baby grand piano and singing to his family.
"He had a beautiful tenor voice,'' said Cook, of Manchester.
Boatwright, 80, also of Manchester, died Dec. 6 as the result of an automobile crash on M-52 north of the village. The Dodge Caravan he was driving went off the road in snowy conditions and struck a tree, State Police said.
Boatwright was elected to the Ypsilanti City Council in 1969 and served as mayor from 1970-72 at a time when the council elected the mayor. On the council, he often was outspoken and a conservative on budget matters, Cook said.
"He was very direct and to the point,'' she said.
He also helped establish the former JYRO Park on Ford Lake, Cook said.
Born in Ypsilanti in 1928, Boatwright became a foster child at age 8 when his parents separated, Cook said. He was raised by Catherine Sieber, her three daughters and one son, who were neighbors, Cook said. Sieber paid for an operation to cure her father's mastoid infection and probably saved his life, Cook said.
Boatwright earned a bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree in education from Normal State College, now Eastern Michigan University, and was a classroom teacher before becoming an administrator. He retired in 1991, Cook said.
He married Margaret Boutell in 1950 and the couple had four children. His wife and one daughter preceded him in death.
He moved to Manchester soon after he left the Ypsilanti City Council in 1972, Cook said.
1930 Census: Name: Richard L Boatwright Date: April 16, 1930 Home in 1930: Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan Age: 2 years, 1 month Estimated birth year: abt 1928 Birthplace: Michigan Relation to Head of House: Stepson Mother's name: Eva B Race: White Census Place: Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan; Roll: 1030; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 364.0. living with mother and step-father U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Name: Richard L Boatwright Birth Year: 1928 Race: White, citizen (White) Nativity State or Country: Michigan State: Michigan County or City: Washtenaw Enlistment Date: 23 Jul 1946 Enlistment State: Michigan Enlistment City: Detroit Branch: No branch assignment Branch Code: No branch assignment Grade: Private Grade Code: Private Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the Panama Canal Department Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) Source: Enlisted Man, Regular Army, after 3 months of Discharge Education: 4 years of high school Civil Occupation: Student, High School, Academic or Copper Or Tinsmith* (Coppersmith. ) or Sheet Metal Worker* An asterisk (*) appearing after a job title indicates that a trade test for the particular occupation will be found in the United States Employment Service Manual Marital Status: Single, without dependents Height: 00 Weight: 002
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