Kelly "Kel" Michael Boedigheimer
Kelly (Kel) Michael Boedigheimer, 39, of Duluth made Heaven his home on Monday, October 31, 2011, after losing a nine month battle to Melanoma. He was born in Cloquet, Minnesota, on December 17, 1971, to Francis and Joan (McKibbon) Boedigheimer.
His partner and best friend, Joe Peterson, was at his side for more than 13 years while they built a life together based on love and commitment. He loved to travel, host parties and spend time with their best buddy, Chaos.
Kel loved having people around him and was surrounded by many that loved him deeply. The prayers for a miracle to extend his life were not meant to be, but everyone who knew him came to realize that the true miracle was he came into their lives and thus will live forever. His sense of humor and quick wit would illuminate a room and he continued to entertain until the end. His spirit surrounds his loved ones and they will always remember his smile which fills them with peace.
Kelly worked for Black Bear Casino for nearly twenty years and formed multiple, lasting friendships with the staff and coworkers. He was well respected as an honest, fair and considerate employee and manager. He loved his job and his Black Bear family.
Kelly will be missed by everyone that knew him, especially Joe (who loved him like no other), his parents and sisters, Cindy (George) Meger, Tammy (Larry) Zeadow and brother, Scott. He is also survived by seven nieces including Marisa, Lindsay, Alycia, Jennifer, Rebekka, Carroline, Sammantha and one nephew, Cody. He will be dearly missed by his many wonderful friends and large extended family, the Petersons, who loved and welcomed him as a son, brother and uncle.
Joe and the family wish to thank the Hospice staff at Essentia for their compassionate care and concern during the past month.
There will be a Celebration of Love to honor this amazing man on Saturday, November 12, beginning at 1:00 at the Cremation Society of Duluth until the 2:30 p.m. service. A celebratory reception, 5:00 p.m. – Midnight, at the Black Bear Golf Clubhouse in Carlton will follow.
Services entrusted to Cremation Society of Minnesota. 218-624-5200