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Herman Anthony Boll

WHEELERSBURG — Herman Anthony Boll, 88, was born to eternal life Oct. 5, 2011, at home after an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Wheelersburg to George ‘Andy’ Boll and Emilia Louise Orthmeyer Boll.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Magdalen Thieken Boll whom he married Feb. 8, 1950, at St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church in Wheelersburg. They were the parents of eleven children, Edward (Rosemary) Boll, Mary Theresa Boll, Dr. Rose Boll, Fr. John Boll, OP, Paul (Barbara) Boll, Rita (Tim) Brockmeyer, Ralph (Roseann) Boll, Carol Boll, Fred (Ellen) Boll, Dr. Ruth Boll and Anna (Robert) Walton. They were the proud grandparents of 24 and great-grandparents of seven.

The sixth of twelve children, Herman is survived by four sisters, Agnes Kline, Margaret Schwab, Sr. Paulette Boll and Bernadette (Mike) Kinney and a sister-in-law, Ruby Boll. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by seven siblings, Clara Medinger, Mary Genevieve Boll, Joseph Boll, Martha Boll, Sr. Monica Boll, Anthony Boll, George Boll.

A 1940 graduate of Pedro High School, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater, working mostly as a military policeman.

After discharge from the army, he attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago. He worked for several years as a farmer with the Bihl’s farm in Wheelersburg before starting his own business in 1959. For 45 years he was the proprietor of Boll’s Electric and Refrigeration Service in Wheelersburg.

For 10 years he was a member of the Porter Township Volunteer Fire Department. He served for many years as either president or treasurer for the local chapter of the Refrigeration Service and Engineer Society (RSES).

He kept extensive diaries during his life that he used as a source for his memoir writing in recent years as part of the “Memory Makers” and other area writing groups.

A member of St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church since 1951, he was also a member of the church’s Men’s Club.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter in Chains. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home on Gallia Street in Wheelersburg. A family rosary will be 3:30 p.m. and a vigil wake service will be 7 p.m. All are welcome.