Egil Odd (Gil) Boe
Egil Odd “Gil” Boe, 97, of Janesville, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Cedar Crest. He was born in Kristiansund, Norway, on December 21, 1916, the son of Hans and Johanne Boe. He and his brother Jonas came to the United States in 1926 aboard the liner “Stavangerfiord”, a trip he enjoyed telling stories about. They joined their father and stepmother in Chicago, IL, where Gil lived until 1994. Gil worked over 40 years for Ametek Corporation in Skokie, IL, a job which gave him the opportunity of working in several countries, most often Mexico. Gil shared his life with several dogs and cats, especially Ginger, Koko, April, Tigger, Salty and Hannah.He moved to Janesville in 1994 and was lucky to have many good neighbors.
Gil was generous, made friends easily and enjoyed a good time. He found a second home at Tremors and had many good friends there, especially Rich Hallett who was always there for him. Gil had the good fortune to have had two special women in his life, Marie Larson who he married September 19, 1942 and Anne Gibbons, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his father, Hans; mother Johanne; stepmother Signe; brother Jonas and special friends Donald and Bette Smyth. He is survived by his son Gary and beloved daughter in law Susan; sister Beatrice Belcastro, several nieces and nephews, especially Nicholette (Oliver) Gandsey.
He is also survived by Bob and Sharon Gibbons; Keith Gibbons and family; Leslie Smyth-Ayen; Susan Smyth; step grandsons Evan Bovorasmy, Ryan (Alissa) Bovorasmy; step great-grandson Emrys Bovorasmy and many relatives in Norway, especially Turid and Per-Arne Aasprong and family. Also Erling and Sigrunn Berntsen and particularly Eskild Berntsen whose visit last year from the town Gil left in 1926 made Gil very happy.
The family thanks the staff at Cedar Crest for caring (in all meanings of that word) for Gil this last year and thanks to Agrace Hospice for their help and support.
A celebration of Gil’s life will be held in the Spring. Donations may be made to the Rock County Humane Society.
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