Ernest Francis Boenig

Ernest Boenig, of College Station, died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of September 10th, 2011, aged 98. A private family service will be held.
He was born on New Year’s Eve in 1912, and is survived by his son Robert Boenig and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Boenig, also of College Station, together with Nadine Henneke of Cuero, Elizabeth’s mother, Mark Henneke of Gonzales, and Terri Henneke of Corpus Christi, siblings of Elizabeth. He is preceded in death by his wife Doris Boenig, his father Franz Boenighausen, mother Sophie Boenig, brother Fredrick Boenig, sister-in-law Florence Boenig, and step-grandson Miles Wilson.
Ernie, as he was known, served his country honorably in the army during World War II, when as a drill sergeant he trained troops at Fort Hood and as a staff sergeant he commanded a tank destroyer for the 807th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He took part in the Battle of the Rhine and helped liberate cities in Austria, including Salzburg. Old soldiers do die, even after fading away, and when they do, their loved ones and their country feel the loss.


  1. Bob, once in a while I check the Eagle (we live in Kerrville now), and I did that today. I am sorry for the loss of your father. No matter how old we get or they get, it’s still hard to lose parents. God’s peace.

  2. To express our deep sympathy to you on your loss. We thank Mr. Boenig for serving our country in the U.S. Army during WW II. You are a member of “the greatest generation”. May God’s Speed Be With This Family.
    John Hince


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