Obituaries Nov. 21

A memorial service is 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Carson City for retired Maj. Kenneth Eugene Boucher, 58, who died at his home in the Gardnerville Ranchos on Nov. 16, 2008.

Born July 25, 1950, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Navy Warrant Officer 2 Charles Frederick and Margie J. Winsby Boucher, he grew up in Texas and Southern California after his father retired from the Navy.

Maj. Boucher joined the U.S. Marines in 1968, where he served six years on active duty and four years in the reserves, earning earning the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm for acts of valor while serving with Alpha Company, 5th Tank Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, 1st Marine Division during the Vietnam War.

After completing his term of service, he transferred to the California Army National Guard, serving as a citizen soldier while earning his masters degree in history from California State University, Northridge.

Maj. Boucher transferred to the Nevada Army National Guard to an active duty position. He served as commander of Delta Company, 1-221 Cavalry in Yerington from 1990 to 1994. Upon completion of his command, he succeeded as a recruiter and education officer until his retirement in 1997. During his military career, he was awarded five meritorious service medals and countless other awards. Maj. Boucher was proud of his achievements as a Marine and an Army officer.

He moved to Nevada in 1986, he lived in Carson City, Hawthorne, Stead, and Yerington and he moved to the Gardnerville Ranchos in 2007 to be closer to family.

Maj. Boucher was an avid sports fan and continued to be a student of history, politics and current events throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Boucher in July 2005.

He is survived by his son, Dana Boucher, and daughter-in-law, Mary Claire Boucher; granddaughters Sierra and Sage Boucher of Minden; his sister-in-law Marianne Boucher; nephew Zach Boucher of Ventura, Calif. and his brother, Anthony Boucher, of Ventura, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program, account No.10500010 at mailing address, Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program, File No. 749102, Los Angeles, CA 90074-9102. Arrangements entrusted to Walton's Douglas County Mortuary in Minden.

A memorial service was Monday at St. Gall Catholic Church for Gardnerville resident Walter Kniaziowski, 78, who died Nov. 13, 2008.

Born July 13, 1930, to Joseph and Sophia Kniaziowski, he was a mechanical engineer.

He married Noreen Hickey in London, England. Mr. Kniaziowski was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a Boy Scout leader. He enjoyed backpacking and camping.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Mr. Kniaziowski is survived by his wife; son Richard (Aimee) Kniaziowski; daughter Angela Karmowski; sisters Stella Czaja and Mary (Stan) Kreft; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Galls Memorial Garden.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry's Funeral Home.

A graveside service is noon Saturday at the Genoa Cemetery for lifetime Nevadan and former Genoa Town Board member Donald Rightmire, 78, who died Nov. 12 at his home

Born May 4, 1930, in Venice, Calif., his family lived in many small California communities before coming to Nevada to operate a Washoe Valley dude ranch.

Mr. Rightmire and his brother loved hunting, farm animals and particularly horses, so enjoyed their growing-up years doing chores on the ranch and horseback riding in the mountains above Washoe Valley.

A member of Carson High School's class of 1948, Mr. Rightmire joined the U.S. Navy on Dec. 1, 1948 and served aboard the destroyer USS John W. Thomason with his lifelong friend Ed Tuckett.

As a Navy electrician during the Korean War, Mr. Rightmire received ribbons for his service with the United Nations, Korean Service, Navy Occupation and China Service. He was honorably discharged with the rank of electrician's mate second class in1953.

Mr. Rightmire returned home to Carson City and was employed by Gabler Electric and later Electric Service. He attended night school and soon earned his electrician apprenticeship certificate. Graduating to journeyman electrician, he became a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 401, in Reno. In January 1980, he was awarded a certificate of honor for his 25 years of service as a member of Local 401.

Mr. Rightmire married Billie Jean Byrne of Genoa in September 1954, after they met at a Genoa Candy Dance.

The family purchased a ranch in Fallon which they named the Broken Wheel Ranch, where the family raised cattle and hay.

For several years, Mr. Rightmire coached the Orioles, a little league baseball team. In 1970, Mr. Rightmire was named manager for the Fallon Babe Ruth 13-year-old All Stars and again in 1972 as manager for the 14 and 15-year-old All Stars.

Mr. Rightmire was part owner in a Case Farm Equipment dealership in Fallon and later was part owner in Stockmen's Equipment. He built a roping arena on their ranch and was very generous in donating the arena and steers for charity events: 4-H activities and Pony Bob Days held in Reno.

By 1985 their three children had grown into adulthood, sold the ranch in Fallon and moved to Genoa where Mrs. Rightmire is fourth-generation Genoan. They purchased the old family ancestor home dating back to the late 1800s.

Mr. Rightmire served as a Genoa Town Board member for several years. He was instrumental in refurnishing the town's kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The kitchen is where candy is made for the Genoa Candy Dance each year. He also helped on the Genoa Town Park with design and landscaping.

Mr. Rightmire enjoyed hunting, fishing, steer roping, traveling, golf, NASCAR, and trap and skeet shooting.

Mr. Rightmire was a member of the Carson City Chapter - Order of DeMolay, Farm Bureau, the American Angus Association, the National Rifle Association, the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department, Carson City Gun Club, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, and the Douglas County Historical Society.

Mr. Rightmire is survived by his wife Billie; sons Terry and Robin and daughter-in-law Paula; daughter Sheryl and son-in-law Lou Dembeck; grandson Devon Rightmire.

Refreshments will be served after the service at the family's home at 2263 Main St., Genoa. FitzHenry's Funeral Home is caring for the arrangement.


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