Edgar W. Boggan – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

9 March 2007:

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Edgar W. Boggan had many claims to fame that he never talked much about.

“He had Elvis Presley in his 4-H class when he and his first wife lived in Tupelo, Mississippi,” said his wife, Helen Francis Boggan. “He was extremely patriotic as well as a great father and writer.”

Edgar Boggan, 88, died of cardiac complications in his home Wednesday.

His other claim to fame includes planning the funerals of President John F. Kennedy and General Douglas MacArthur.

“He wrote the protocol that is used for presidential funerals,” Boggan said. “He worked at the Pentagon for many years.”

Edgar and Francis Boggan married eight years ago when they were both 80.

“We met at a camp years ago when we were young,” Francis Boggan said. “In 1997, we were reunited at a reunion in San Antonio, Texas. We married in 1999.”

This was the second marriage for both Boggans.

“We were all tickled to death when they announced their plans,” said the Rev. Charlie Boggan, nephew of Edgar Boggan. “They had seven great years together before his health started to decline.”

Edgar Boggan is the father of Barbara (Edward) Stephen of Mt. Airy, Md., and William (Frances) Boggan of Atlanta. He is the stepfather of Phil (Juanita) Francis, Bill (Rita) Francis, John (Jane) Francis, Steve (Judy) Francis and Anita (Dave) Nichols.

Services for Boggan are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church in Wilmington and at 11 a.m. Saturday. He will be buried at 3 p.m. April 11 at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

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