Michael James Boviall, 72, died Thursday, January 6, 2022, from pneumonia.
Born April 23, 1949, in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, he was the only child of the late Ariele Minette (Clarenson) and Wesley James Boviall.
Michael grew up in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin; Coffeyville, Kansas; Bentonville, Arkansas; and Gravette, Arkansas. His first job was at the age of 9 as a newspaper boy, delivering papers at 3:00 a.m. including a stop at the cemetery in Coffeyville where the outlaws from the Dalton Gang are buried. He graduated from Bentonville High School, in Bentonville, Arkansas in 1967. He was awarded a full scholarship to Arkansas State Teachers College, but instead decided to enlist in the United States Navy.
He served as GMG on the USS Benajmin Stoddert during the Vietnam War. Upon returning stateside, he worked as a member of the Research & Development department for Daisy Air Rifles, a machinist with Wendt-Sonis, TRW, and Sibley Engineering, and retired as a Postal Clerk from the United States Postal Service after 41 years.
Michael was a man of many interests, especially spending time in nature with loved ones. He was a completely devoted husband and loving, involved father and grandpa and great-papa. While living in Gravette, Arkansas, Michael served as Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 117, Razorback District. After moving to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1986, Michael became an avid mountain biker, cross-country skiier, fisherman, hunter, member of Orchard Mesa Gun Club and was a talented marksman. He enjoyed passing on his skills as a bush craftsman and ingenious ways to "MacGyver" almost anything.
Generous in his everyday life, Michael was always willing to lend a hand to those in need and enjoyed cooking delicious meals for his family. In addition to his love and devotion to family and friends, he made sure that his miniature pterodactyls had fresh food and water everyday - especially hot water in their bird bath in the winter.
Michael is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Ann, son Michael W. W. Boviall, daughter Tracie (Brian) Palmateer, grandsons Alex Boviall and Shawn Boviall, granddaughters Krista Gracie and Marissa Gracie, and great grandchildren Faith June Boviall and Justin James Boviall.
Memorial Services will be on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at 904 North 7th Street, Grand Junction, CO, 81501.
There will be a military send-off to come in April 2022.
Services have been entrusted to Browns Cremation and Funeral Services.
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