Frank Lester Boardman

(February 13, 1904 - February, 1948)


The Lusk Herald
February 12, 1948


Frank L. Boardman, X-L Chef, Dies of a Heart Attack

Sitting in a chair at his home, attired in his mackinaw and cap, the lifeless body of Frank L. Boardman was discovered Friday morning by Mrs. Ann Eversull.

Mr. Boardman was chef at the XL Cafe, and feeling ill, left the cafe about 1:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon, and neighbors report seeing him about 5:00 p.m. to to the Claude Parmely home, but no one was at home at Parmely's and he did not stay, but returned to his home, and from all evidence must have sat down in a chair upon returning to his house without removing his wraps and passed away shortly.

When Mr. Boardman did not report to work Friday morning at six o'clock, Mrs. Ann Eversull, owner of the cafe, went to his home about 7:20 to see how her was feeling and receiving no response to her knock, opened the door, and at first thought he was asleep in the chair, but upon trying to awaken him, discovered he was dead, and drove back uptown and got Police Chief Minis Smith, who accompanied her to the Boardman house in the west part of town. After investigating, Chief Smith called Dr. Reckling, county health officer, and Mayor George Earl Peet, county coroner.

Their conclusion was that Mr. Boardman had died almost instantly from a heart attack, as there was no evidence of any struggle.

Frank Lester Boardman was born in Bancroft, Iowa, Feb. 13, 1904, the son of A.A. and Leona Boardman, both preceding him in death in 1941.

His early childhood was spent in Iowa and South Dakota and in 1921 he came to the Claude Parmely home at Keeline where he has lived much of the time since, and worked at various ranches in that community.

In 1942 he entered the military service and served ten months at Drew Field, Florida, receiving an honorable discharge in July 1943. He returned to Wyoming and purchased a home in Lusk and for the past four and a half years has been chef at the XL Cafe. If he had lived until Friday he would have reached his 44th birthday.

Mr. Boardman was never married, but is survived by six bothers-Ora of Greenville, Iowa, Ernest of Britton, So. Dak., Lesley, a twin brother of Chester of Greenville, Iowa, Kenneth of
Brown Valley, Minn., and Liscomb of Amherst , So. Dak.; and a sister, Mrs. Ole Bien of Hill Head, So. Dak.

Four of the brothers and the sister were here for the funeral service, the brothers being unable to attend were Chester and Lesley.

Services were conducted from the Peet Chapel on Monday afternoon with interment being in the Lusk Cemetery, where military services were conducted. Rev. Clyde E. Hampton officiated at both services. Music at the chapel was furnished by a quartet composed of Neoma Taylor, Mrs. C.E. Marvin, George Gibson, and Rex Yocum, with Mrs. J.P. Watson as accompanist. They sang "We're Going Down the Valley" and "In the Garden."

The remains were conducted to their final resting place by Phil Buck, Lee Williams, Mike Kilmer, Chuck Vaughn, Jimmie Vaughn and Melvin Pavlacky.




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