Wayne Lee Boots

April 25, 2016

Wayne Lee Boots, 92, of Monticello and formerly of Frankfort passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016 at IU Health in Lafayette.

He was born on August 10, 1923 in Frankfort to Walter and Frieda (Straun) Boots.  He married Vera L. Jennings on April 30, 1949 in Clinton County and she preceded him in death of March 17, 2007.  He is a 1942 graduate of Frankfort Senior High School.  He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 as a Tech Sergeant in the 87th Recon Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  Mr. Boots was the Plant Manager at Jules Simon in Frankfort for 31 years and a Quality Inspector at Unarco Rohn in Frankfort for 14 years, retiring in July of 1992.  He was a member of the Monticello VFW and enjoyed fishing and watching sports.


Visitation and Services

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 at Archer-Weston Funeral & Cremation Center. Friends may visit from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park.

Survived by:

Survivors include his Son: Greg (Penny) Boots of Frankfort; Grandchildren: Heather (Allen) Hayes of Frankfort and Ryan (Angie) Boots of Independence, KY.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his Wife, Parents, Step-Father: Harley Beard, and Sister: Beverly Star.


Leave your Condolences

18 Condolences for “Wayne Lee Boots”

  1. joyce phillips April 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    so sorry to hear of wayne’s passing.I had not heard anything of him for 43 yrs.It was nice to know he lived many a year.Wayne was my very first boss at my first job at jules l.simon.He was a great boss,and i thought very highly of him.joyce oldham phillips

    • Greg Boots May 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Joyce,

      Thank you for your kind words about my dad. Yes, after he retired in 1992 he fished every day that he wanted and when he wanted for 23 years before his passing.

      Thanks again

      Greg Boots(son)

  2. Linda Fryer April 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Greg’s Dad. What a great life he had. I never met him but after I read his obituary, I think he was a member of The Greatest Generation after serving his country and participating in the Battle of the Bulge.

    • Greg Boots May 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you for taking the time and your kind thoughts. For his last 23 years he loved to fish and thankfully he lived for 23 years after retirement so he could live to fish. His generation was a Great Generation. They lived through a lot and paved the way for us today to enjoy many of the freedoms too many of us take for granted.

      Thank You Linda

      Greg Boots

  3. Daniel Herod April 27, 2016 at 4:53 am

    “Boots” and I have been close for more years than I can remember!!!! I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM AGAIN IN HEAVEN WE WILL FISH THE bIG rIVER THAT FLOWS FROM THE THROWN OF GOD!!!! My prayers are with all family members and friend for the comfort and peace of God to be with each of you during this time in your lives!!!! “Tight Lines and God Bless”

    • Greg Boots May 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Dan,

      My dad spoke of you many times with me and my family, He always appreciated your relationship that you both had. The many things that you have done for my dad over the years is greatly appreciated, more than you will ever know. Thank you for you kind words here and on your Facebook page.

      Thanks Dan,
      Greg Boots (son)

  4. Garry Fisher April 27, 2016 at 9:01 am

    So sorry to hear about your Dad, he was a great man, I work at him at Rohn, and we done some shows together
    I missed him when he retired and he every once in a while would come past the office and see us. My thought and
    prays are with you and your family, I would love to come up and see you, but I now live in Noblesville and cannot drive
    that far any more. My thought will be with you.

    • Greg Boots May 1, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Hello Gary,

      Very nice that you remember my dad and took the time to comment. I appreciate the kind words about him. He enjoyed his time while at Rohn and he mentioned that he would from time to time stop back by to visit and drop of some fish.

      Take care of yourself and thanks again,

      Greg Boots(son)

  5. JennyHarris April 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Heather and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loved ones passing. I did not know your loved one, but certainly know many of the family dealing with this sad loss. I know how hard it is losing a Dad/grandparent. Remember Wayne with fond memories. Share, weep a bit, smile and laugh, but most of all remember how blessed you were to have been part of his life.

    • Greg Boots May 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Jenny,

      Thank you so much for for your kind thoughts and words for Heather and us all. Very appropriate thoughts at this time and it is appreciated.

      Greg Boots

  6. Daniel Herod April 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm


    Pictures of Boots on my FB page

    • Greg Boots May 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Dan,

      Thanks for sharing the pictures here and both of your Facebook accounts with your friends and those that knew my dad. It was special to here so many people comment and their memories of my dad.

      Greg Boots

  7. Pat Warren April 28, 2016 at 1:17 pm


    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Although it’s been many years, I still have fond memories of him supporting all of our Little League games while we were growing up. He helped me learn of the love between a father and a son. For that I am grateful.

    Pat Warren

    • Greg Boots May 1, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Pat,

      Wow, over 45 years ago you are talking about! I do remember those days fondly. In fact, just was looking at some of those pictures this week and seeing us in our Moose uniforms. Glad that it was a positive experience for you and one that seems to have meant so much to you. I am grateful that you shared it with me. Thank you very much for your kind words and reaching out after all these years.

      I hope all is well with you!
      Greg Boots

  8. Chaplain David Hess April 29, 2016 at 7:15 am

    “Another American soldier has gone home”. Rest in peace Wayne.

    Thank you for helping ensure the freedoms we enjoy.

    May all of your family share in the comfort that on God can give and may you rest in peace.

    • Greg Boots May 1, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Chaplain Hess,

      Thank you again for your help the last few days with the funeral services and being a comfort for my family and I. You do a great service for our veterans and their family’s.

      Greg Boots

  9. Gary Mike Beard April 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I am sorry to learn of Wayne’s passing. He was my half brother ,, we lived near each other in Frankfort and I knew him growing up.
    Frieda was my mom too.

    Mike Beard 208-265-8005

  10. Donnie-Debbie Baker May 3, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Dear Greg, Penny, Heather,, Ryan,& Family, we send our deepest sympathies to each of you. You were all so fortunate and blessed to have this wonderful man in your life. Prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time. Love , Donnie -Debbie

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