Obituary Details

Harvey Lee Boner

(01/20/1897 - 06/05/2001)
Courtesy of The Guernsey Gazette, 05/31/2001

Harvey Lee Boner

Services for Harvey Lee Boner, 104, were held Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Guernsey, with Rev. Bob Frye officiating. Interment followed with military graveside rites at 11:45 a.m. in the Lusk Cemetery at Lusk, Wyo.

Mr. Boner, a resident of Guernsey, and one of the last remaining Wyoming veterans of World War I, died Tuesday, June 5, at the Extended Care Unit of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cheyenne.

Harvey was born Jan. 20, 1897, in Chadron, Neb., the son of Frances "Boes" and Susan (Cogdill) Boner. His family homesteaded north of Lusk in 1902. During World War I, he served in France and was shipped home after the Armistice was signed. He was discharged from the United States Army at Fort D.A. Russell, Wyo., on Aug. 11, 1919. He was presented the Chevolier of the Legion of Honor medal from France.

Harvey married Georgia Fahy on July 22, 1930, in Douglas, Wyo. They made their first home in Newcastle, Wyo., where they ran the local Pool Hall and Lunch Room. In 1936, they moved to Douglas where they also ran the Pool Hall and Lunch Room. In 1940, they moved to Guernsey where they bought the Lyons Hotel and bar. During this time they put together a ranch west of town. After selling the Lyons HOtel, they purchased the Star Theatre and Pool Hall in Guernsey, operating this business about 30 years. Harvey was very civic minded and helped organize the Guernsey Fire Department, the Old Timer's Rodeo, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club, served on the Board of Directors for 20 years. He was a member of the Elks, Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars-Lake Guernsey Post 4471, American Legion, Old Time Cowboys and the Masonic Lodge. Harvey loved playing pool, poker, hunting and fishing. He was able to participate in these sports until he was 99 years old.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Georgia of Guernsey, a daughter, Margaret "Mickey" Rexius and husband, Harold of Guernsey; nephew, Willie Fahy of Guernsey; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and seven brothers.

Serving as pallbearers were Ed Boner, Frank Boner, Walter Boner, John DeGering, Herman Boner and Kenny DeGering. Honorary pallbearers were Lawrence Larson, Hugo Lenz, Walter Elmore Jr., Jim Boner, Bob Johnson, Glen Gorman and Milton DeGering.

Memorials to the Guernsey VFW Club Handicap Accessibility Project for the Guernsey Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 307, Guernsey, WY 82214 would be appreciated by the family.

Platte Funeral Chapel in Wheatland was in charge of the arrangements.

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