William Boggs

William “Billy” Boggs was born March 5, 1943, to Merle Boggs and Desyl (Dean) Boggs in Pringle, S.D.
While growing up, Billy worked at his family’s sawmill in Pringle. On Nov. 20, 1962, he married the love of his life, Sandra Simants. To this union five children were born. They moved their family to Nebraska where he worked for Nebraska Public Power. In the early 1970s they moved back to South Dakota where he worked in various gravel quarries and did the drilling and blasting on the Hot Springs Viaduct, then he became self-employed as a feldspar miner.
In 1988 when returning to logging, Billy was in a logging accident which resulted in a broken neck. He was put in a halo, and anybody who knew Billy knew he could not sit around and do nothing, so his family remembers when he went to change the oil (against better advice) and got hung up underneath the car. This is one of those memories that will always make us smile.
Billy loved to go hunting and fishing with his kids, grandkids and sons in law.
Billy passed away peacefully with his family by his side Aug. 15, 2021. He was 78.
He fought a strong and courageous fight right to the end.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Billy is survived by his wife Sandra of Belle Fourche, S.D.; two sons, James Boggs of Texas and Edward (Laura) Boggs of Florida; three daughters, Shelley (Shawn) Stiles of Deadwood, S.D., Lori (Travis Lipp) Boggs of Belle Fourche and Annette (Rob) Miller of Custer, S.D.; eleven grandchildren, Kylar Boggs, Candace Boggs and Brianna (Dillon) Larson, all of Texas; William (Kat) Boggs and Adam (Jo) Stiles, both of Sturgis, S.D.; Andrew (Priscila) Stiles of Texas; Erica (Curt) Gerkin and Emitt Lipp, both of Belle Fourche; Kristina (Heath) Reindl of Custer; Cody Miller of Rapid City; and Brandon Miller of Washington D.C.; seven great-grandchildren, Eisley Larson, Tregan VanDorn, Dalton Boggs, Jamison Boggs, Eliza Gerkin, Kiera Miller and Quinn Reindl; his eighth grandbaby to come, Jocelynn Stiles; sisters, Shirley (Dan) Williams of Custer and Jeannie (Kevin) Bourne of Rapid City; and many nieces and nephews.
Billy was loved dearly by his family and will be missed. He will forever be in our hearts!
A private family Celebration of Life will be held.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.

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