MARQUETTE, MI. - Richard C. Boroughf, age 78, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday evening, February 18, 2014, at his home.
Richard was born February 3, 1936 in Lansing, a son of Lloyd and Olga Lydia (Anderson) Boroughf.
He was raised in Lansing and during his high school years, took courses in auto transmission, hoping to someday become a specialist. Following graduation, he joined the US Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam Era. During his late 30's and 40's, Dick was a drummer in a country band and was also active in figure skating for a number of years, to the point of being invited to skate in a number of ice shows, some at the former Palestra. His specialty on ice was a "hobo" sketch which he perfected. Dick did become an auto transmission specialist, teaching the skills to a number of students at a vocational skills school located on Lake Shore Boulevard during the late 1960's. He was employed with Berger's Transmission Service, later purchasing the business and operating it for several years as Berger's Transmission and Spring Service. He later sold the business and went to work at Marquette Automotive, where he ran his spring service for a time, before retiring.
Richard enjoyed spending time with his friends and rarely asked anyone for help, but if a friend had a project to do, he always showed up with tools in hand, ready to work. He enjoyed making smoked fish for his friends, spending time at camp, and going to Pat's Bar for coffee or a few beers and having fun giving the staff and patrons a hard time in a humorous way. He had a keen sense of humor that could lift your spirits on your worst day. His hobbies included collecting guns, especially antique models or unusual ones.
He was a an incredible woodworker, crafting clocks for people based on something significant in their lives. He enjoyed restoring his Model T, working on his motorcycle, and tinkering with just about anything. He loved animals, especially dogs, and made it a point each year to make a donation to UPAWS.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Paula Burmeister of Colorado Springs, CO; his grandchildren, Jessica, Emily, and Hannah Burmeister; former wife, Alberta Boroughf of Gladstone; step-daughters, Marcia Mills, Jeanne McCoy, and Charlene Lehmann; a brother, Lou (Jill) Boroughf of Marquette; an uncle, Bob Boroughf; several nieces, nephews, and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Mary Boroughf.
An informal gathering and time for sharing memories will take place at Pat's Bar, 922 W. Washington Street, Marquette, on Saturday, February 22, from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassben derfuneralhome.com