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Fred M. Boiko

Fred M. Boiko, age 81, resident of Brainerd, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at his home. Fred was born May 29, 1930, in Detroit, Mich., to Eufim and Edna (Byster) Boiko.

He graduated from Pershing High School in Detroit, Mich., in 1949. He served in the Korean War in 1951. Fred was a baseball player, joining the Baltimore Orioles, then into the minor leagues and semi-pro league. He also played in the Sooner League, Cotton State, Western League, Tri-State, Anderson, Pine Bluff and for the Wichita Indians. 

He met and married Muriel Ellen Keller. She passed away in 1986. He then married Elaine Modricker of Tucson, Ariz.., in 1988.

Fred started Fred Boiko Landscape Products on Highway 371 in Brainerd.  He also taught many children to swim in Pierz. He also operated the bowling alley in Pierz and in Bear Lake. He was a member of the American Legion and Safari International, Tucson, Ariz.

Fred was an avid hunter, hunting in Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He and Elaine traveled all over the world and hunted in many countries.

He is survived by his wife Elaine Boiko; stepdaughter, Charlene (Ron) Goldstein of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; stepson, Bruce Gross of Boca Raton, Fla.; stepgrandchildren, Dr. K.C. Rosburg of Tucson, Ariz., and Nathan Goldstein of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; sister Elaine (Glen) McBryde of Sterlings Heights, Mich; sister-in-law Arlene Boiko of Southfield, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Eufim and Edna; his first wife Muriel; brother Raymond Boiko; and sister Ann Pakulak.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Visitation times will be Tuesday from 4-9 p.m. at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Brainerd with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post #255 Color Guard.

Arrangements are by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home and Crematory.

Nelson Doran Funeral Home & Crematory