January 18, 2017


Brian Douglas Boje, 65, passed away on Dec. 17, 2016, at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colorado, surrounded by his children.

A memorial service was officiated by the Rev. David Smith, S.J., on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa.  Brian’s wishes were to return to the mountains of Colorado that he loved so dearly.

Brian was born on May 22, 1952, in Carroll, Iowa, a son of Harold and Marian “Mary” Dinan Boje. He graduated from Kuemper High School in Carroll with the Class of 1970 and continued on to complete some college at the Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado.

Brian shared two children, two grandchildren, and many memories with his first wife, Karen Oatman.  He found love a second time when he married Jill Sailors on Aug. 23, 2014.

Brian worked in woodworking and construction for more than 40 years.  He enjoyed watching football and the news, talking about the weather, playing golf, listening to country music, and hosting barbecues for friends and family. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and had an immense collection of Packer memorabilia.

Brian is survived by his two children, Amber and her husband, Jonathan Groves, and their children Charlie Kay and Remy Jo, all of Thornton, and Tyler Boje, also of Thornton; brother Scott Boje of Victoria, Texas; his first wife, Karen Oatman of Appleton, Wisconsin; many nieces and nephews, other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters Beverly Mayerhofer, Linda Arkfeld and Barbara Landon; and his wife Jill Boje.