Rupert Boeselt   age 92  born March 7 1921 -  died June 13 2013

       Rupert Boeselt won the Texas State Champion four times, in 1965, 1987, 2004, and 2005.  It made the Forth Worth newspapers in 1965 which was quite an upset since Professor H. L. Cravens, Jr. of Brownwood, Texas had dominated the Texas State Championship for years. I have a little more about this in the 2012 Texas notes.  Rupert played in the Nationals when held in Texas, like 1956 and 1980 which know about.

Rupert Boeselt Obituary from Cook-Gerngross-Green-Patterson Funeral Home   Link

Rupert Boeselt
(March 7, 1921 - June 13, 2013)

Rupert Boeselt, 92, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2013 in a Temple Nursing Center where he had resided for the past few weeks. Rupert was born near Westphalia, Texas on March 27, 1921 to Reinhold Boeselt and Bertha Buxkemper Boeselt. He was predeceased by his parents and nine siblings: Berthold who died in infancy, Lawrence who died in early childhood, brothers Reinhold (Warrene), Bill and Joe (Marguerite) and sisters Theresa, Margaret (Ervin) Bernsen, Mary, and Regina (Alanso) Fiedler. He graduated from Rosebud High School in 1939 and served in the Army during World War II from 1942 to 1946. He was Liaison Agent in the 327th Medical Battalion and was stationed in Europe from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the American Theater Campaign Medal, the EAME Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Rupert maintained a Life-long contact with many of the men from his battalion and was a member of the VFW. Following the war, Rupert returned to Westphalia to farm and later installed siding in the Temple area. After the family farm was sold, Rupert took a correspondence course in accounting and provided bookkeeping services to area farmers and businesses. He developed and income-tax service that served clients in the Falls and Bell county area for many years. Rupert was a man of many talents. Prior to and after the war, he delighted his nephews and nieces with his stories of the Catalona Cats which detailed the adventures of Butch, Agamena and Percival and their friends. Each adventure ended as a cliff-hanger leaving us awaiting the outcome in the next story. At our urging, Rupert put all these stories in writing and copyrighted them in 2002. Rupert was twice the Texas State Checker Champion and was accomplished and competitive in all card and board games and almost always won. In his 80’s, he created his own board game, Rubo. Although his health failed in the last few years, his mind was a sharp as ever.

His compassion for his family was boundless. For many years he visited one or more of his sisters in the nursing home to make their lives as pleasant as possible. Though his life was simple and filled with family responsibilities, Rupert often told us he considered himself the luckiest of men. He loved his life in Westphalia and was a devoted member of the Church of the Visitation. He served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years and received the Lumen Gentium award from the bishop for his life-Long service to his parish Rupert was respected by all who knew him for his selfless nature and humility. Rupert was also predeceased by one niece, Barbara Talley and is survived by nine nieces and nephews; Joan Scott, Kenneth Bernsen, Elizabeth Wezensky, Gregory Boeselt, David Fiedler, Margaret Surratt, Bernard Boeselt, Patricia Perkins, and Karen Troendle. They and their families will always be grateful for all Rupert brought to our lives. He is also survived by Nemo, his faithful dog and constant companion of the last few years. The family appreciates the care he received at Temple Living Center during his final days. We are grateful to Greneta Ordner who brought him food and Dennis Hoelscher who helped him maintain his yard and home and for their companionship and to other friends in Westphalia who helped him. We will forever be indebted to Doris Wright whose constant care the last several years made it possible for Rupert to remain in his home with Nemo. Words are inadequate to express the depth of gratitude to her. Visitation was held from 6:30 to 7:30 and rosary was recited at the Cook-Gerngross-Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Rosebud on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and the funeral was held at the Church of the Visitation in Westphalia on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Walter Dhanwar officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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