Earl C. Boitel Jr., 79, of Sandusky, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in his home.
He was born Dec. 1, 1934, to Earl C. and Amelia E. (Deering) Boitel Sr.
Earl graduated from Caro High School in 1952, with a full scholarship to Michigan State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He attended two Rose Bowls where he played trumpet with the marching band, graduating in 1956. He is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army, and also retired from NASA, where he was chief of construction. He also worked at General Motors and Ohio Edison. He was a member of St. Stephen UCC, where he loved to sing in the choir, and was a member of the Harlequins Community Theatre for many years.
Earl is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dolores A. (Wilke) Boitel; son, Michael E. Boitel of Sandusky; two daughters, Jan Kelly (Frank) Williams of Latta, S.C., and Amelia B. Boitel of Sandusky; grandson, Jarred M. Truman; and great-granddaughter, Jaelynn H. Truman of Latta, S.C.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley (Smith) Boitel.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, until funeral services at 11 a.m., at St. Stephen UCC, 905 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Earl’s name may be made to St. Stephen UCC, 905 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870, or to the Harlequins Community Theatre, 414 Wayne St., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.