Lionel "Boz" Rene Verraneault, age 84, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at McCook Community Hospital
He was born to Hormidas and Emma (LaRose) Verraneault on Aug, 11, 1924, in Norwich, Conn. He graduated from Plainfield High School in Central Village, Conn., in 1941.
Lionel was united in marriage to Margaret Ely on Sept. 16, 1944, in Oberlin, Kan. Two children were born to this union. They made their home in McCook where Boz sold shoes for 50 years. He first worked for Gierhart's Shoe Store and then continued as a salesman for Redman's Shoe Store. He purchased the store in 1984, and owned and operated that business until his retirement in August of 1989.
Boz was always ready to talk sports and for many years officiated football and basketball games for schools in the area. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and was their biggest fan.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Doris Duval and Gertrude LaPorte; and one brother, Pete Verraneault.
Survivors are his wife of nearly 64 years, Margaret; children, Carol Ommert and husband, Larry of Cambridge and Steve Verraneault and wife, Karen of Kearney; brother, Jack Verraneault and wife, Joanne of Little Rock, Ark., and sister, Maedora Brouillard of Brooklyn, Conn.; one granddaughter, Andrea and husband, Matt Mack of Grand Island; five grandsons, Jeff Ommert of Cambridge; Tim Ommert and wife, Chrystal of Auburn; Ryan Ommert of Kansas City, Mo.; Greg Verraneault and wife, Nicole of Omaha; Matt Verraneault of Kearney; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, 11 a.m., at Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - noon and Sunday 4 -- 8 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook
Friends may sign his book at the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.