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Lanny Boswell

March 11, 1935 — January 19, 2021

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Lee Boswell, loving husband and father of three, passed away at age 85. Lee was a U.S. Air Force veteran and long-time resident who proudly called Schertz, TX home since 1972 when he settled there with his wife Evelyn and children.

Lee was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 11, 1935. As a child, he moved throughout the south with his parents and two brothers. He was a naturally energetic young man, known for his fun-loving nature and adventurous spirit. These traits never changed and led him to a full and interesting life. Lee was a hard worker and began driving moonshine delivery trucks at age 11 and graduated to timber trucks by age 13. At 15, he left home and moved to Detroit, Michigan to work in the auto plants. Lee wanted to see more of the world, so at 17 he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force where he became a radioman and morse code operator. Lee was resourceful but knew he lacked formal education, so he sought out every training and education opportunity. Lee was naturally gifted at math and was soon selected for Security Service, working with coded transmissions and later, linguistics. He served 23 years in the military, stationed across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Ultimately, his military training enabled him to achieve his high school and college equivalencies.

In 1958, Lee married his beloved, Evelyn Kirst. Together, the family traveled the world while serving in the military, rarely staying longer than two or three years in any one country. Lee loved to travel, loved all the countries they visited, but especially the people and cultures that they met. While only speaking English, he was known for talking in any language, to any stranger for hours, using only his hand gestures and good nature.
After retirement from the Air Force in 1976, Lee became a Real Estate Agent and Broker. He and Evelyn bought the historic Dietz farm property on FM 3009, where they owned and operated their successful real estate business, Boswell-Niemietz Properties until they retired in 2005. During that time Lee also worked as the Sales Director for Vaughan Homes. He was a proud and contributing citizen of Schertz. Over the years, he served on many city boards and committees. He was also a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church since 1972, as well as a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus Council #6358.

Lee loved life. He loved to laugh, play practical jokes and make people smile. He was known for his joyous spirit. His optimism was infectious and could lift anyone’s spirits who came in contact with him. Throughout his life, Lee was passionate about many things. He loved music and was part of audio clubs in all the countries he lived in, eventually collecting an extensive music library. He loved the adventure of searching for and finding old antique clocks. He loved fishing and especially fishing trips with his family to Flying K Ranch. He loved to play golf and watch the Dallas Cowboys. He loved old western movies and television shows and could frequently be found watching “Grit TV” or “Walker-Texas Ranger”. He loved old cars, and at one point bought and sold 23 cars in a two-year period. For 27 years, Lee loved to take his boys to the annual St. Luke’s Men’s Club “Wild Game” Dinner fundraising event. He and Evelyn also enjoyed taking trips to Las Vegas and Casino bus trips to Coushatta.

Lee was preceded in death by his dear wife Evelyn, after 61 years of marriage. He is survived by their daughter Rebecca (Harvey) Scheffler, sons Lanny (Gloria) Boswell and Stephen (Deborah) Boswell and their 6 grandchildren: Brian, Benjamin, Robin, Jason, Derek, and Emma.
Lee was a loving and devoted father to his children, and proud grandfather to his grandchildren. He will always be remembered by the unselfish love that he showed to his family, his strong work ethic, and the funny stories and jokes he would tell. He lived each day with levity, looking for the next laugh or smile. We love you deeply and will miss you tremendously. May you Rest in Peace Dad!

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Good Shepherd Catholic Church Building Fund.


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