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Victor Hugo Boesen

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Sept. 7, 1908-Dec. 18, 2006

Victor Hugo Boesen, 98, formerly of Greencastle, died Dec. 18 at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., after a brief illness.

Born in Greencastle, he was the son of Jens Eugene Boesen and Helene Sigrid Marie Petersen Boesen.

A 1928 graduate of Greencastle High School, he was a journalist and writer. He attended the University of Missouri from 1928-30 where he studied journalism. He began his career as a reporter in 1930 for the Wichita Beacon. He was a reporter, rewriter, and editor for the City News Bureau in Chicago from 1934-36. He then worked as a newsroom writer for CBS in Chicago from 1936-38. He was a correspondent for Skyways magazine in New York City. From 1944-45, he was the Pacific and Near East War Correspondent for Liberty magazine. He was on board the U.S.S. Missouri when the peace treaty ending World War II was signed in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. He then stayed in Japan until 1946 to cover the Allied Occupation of Japan for Liberty. During the 1950s, he was a freelance journalist for Look and The Saturday Evening Post. He also contributed articles to Collier's, Coronet, Esquire, Nation's Business, Skyways and West.

He also authored several books and was cited by the National Science Teachers Association and Children's Book Council with an "Outstanding Science Book for Children" for his Junior Literary Guild selection, "Doing Something About the Weather."

On Oct. 2, 1940, he married Nancy Hagedorn, and she survives.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, including Vanessa Boesen Mudd, Greencastle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Helene Marie Boesen McShanog, and brothers Richard M., Wallace H., Harald H. and Anders Eric Boesen.

Arrangements were handled by Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memor-ial Park & Mortuary, Los Angeles.