John D. Boehle

John D. Boehle of Calverton passed away Sept. 13 at his home after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 72. 

He was born Aug. 4, 1942, in Brooklyn to Agnes (Collins) and John Boehle. John served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1970. On Jan. 22, 1966, he married Claire (Koehler) at St. Sylvester’s Church in Brooklyn.

John worked for Grumman at the Bethpage facility on the Apollo 11 Lunar Module. Eventually he moved to Calverton and started his own business, Ille Service, repairing and restoring antique jukeboxes, which earned him the nickname, “Johnny Juke.”

He was an active member of Loyal Order of Moose 1742, Knights of Columbus Immaculate Conception and Riverhead American Legion.

John was a big fan of Frank Sinatra and the original Star Trek series.

He was predeceased by his daughter Veronica Baggett in 1995. John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Claire; his daughter Lisa (Edward) Dabrowski of Laurel;  his sons, Christopher, of Staten Island and Shawn of Riverhead; his sister, Judith, Boehle of Riverhead; nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters and his faithful canine companion, Lacey.

The family received visitors Sept. 16 at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service was held Sept. 17 at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead, officiated by Father Larry Duncklee. Interment took place at Calverton National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church Parish Outreach; North Fork Animal Welfare League or Wounded Warrior Project.

This is a paid notice.