Bud BollerSep 2, 2012 Staff
Bud Boller, of Dubois, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at the Help for Health Hospice Home. He was 84 years old.
Private family services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Davis Funeral Home. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery.
Lewis Murray "Bud" Boller Jr. was born Aug. 20, 1928, in Fort Collins, Colo., to Lewis Murray Boller Sr. and Zanpher Kate (Harris) Boller.
He was an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone tribe. When he was 6 months old, the family moved to Los Angeles where he grew up. He graduated from Fremont County High School in Los Angeles in 1947.
He moved to Wyoming at age 28 with his wife, Pearl (Hamilton) Boller, and their children. They lived in Fort Washakie and Lander, and then moved to the Red Creek area of Dubois in the 1970s.
Mr. Boller was a renowned bronze sculptor of Western and religious art. He was completely self-taught, and his work has been collected nationally and internationally.
Before making a living as an artist, Mr. Boller worked for Union Oil in Los Angeles. When the family moved to Fort Washakie, he managed the Chief Washakie Plunge.
He was also deputized with the Wind River Police, holding badge No. 4. The family moved to Lander after he bought Lander Saddlery and Sporting Goods.
He married Verna Morris on May 30, 1999, in Mission, Texas. They made their home at Red Creek and were very active members of the Dubois community.
His family said he enjoyed fishing, boating, raising horses and spending time with his family. He also loved to draw and make saddles and tack.
He is survived by his loving wife, Verna; four daughters, Deborah Kate Boller and her husband James Sanders of Oakland, Calif., Beverly Marlene Paddleford and her husband Monte of Lander, Rebecca Lynne Ashcraft of Kansas City, Mo., and Jennifer Leigh Brown of Riverton; stepchildren Kelly A. Paine and her husband John of Springfield, Va., Robert Kelsey and his wife Kimberly of Dallas, and Steven Kelsey and his wife Susan of New York City; 15 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; sister Lenora Grace Bulen of Seattle; daughter-in-law Julia Samson and her husband Ray of Charleston, S.C.; numerous extended families of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Randall Lewis Boller.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton (www.thedavisfuneralhome.com).