IN MEMORIAM: Fire Fighters Local 73’s Lawrence J. Boehm, Sr.


Lawrence J. Boehm, Sr., a St. Louis fire fighter for 30 years and a member of Fire Fighters Local 73, died on Dec. 6, 2020. He was 94.

Brother Boehm was born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 24, 1926 to George and Anna Boehm (nee Combs). At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was subsequently attached to the 1st Marine Division as a Seabee for the invasion of Peleliu, the battle with the highest casualty rate of any amphibious assault in American military history.

After being honorably discharged, Brother Boehm returned home and married his childhood sweetheart Antoinette (nee Potolsky). In 1979, he joined the St. Louis City Fire Department, where he served for 30 years.

After Antoinette’s death in 1997, Brother Boehm reconnected with a childhood friend and neighbor, Rose Marie (nee Helmkamp), with whom he enjoyed a loving marriage until her death in 2016.

In addition to spending time with his family, Brother Boehm enjoyed playing Scrabble and poker, with a cold beer and a good cigar. He was dearly loved by all who knew him, and will be greatly missed.

Brother Boehm was preceded in death by his son Thomas C. Boehm and his beloved granddaughter Victoria “Vikki” Harty. He is survived by his son Lawrence (Sue) J. Boehm, Jr., granddaughter Michelle (Pat) Boehm O’Neal, and six great-grandchildren Matt Harty, Melody Harty, Connor O’Neal, Sam O’Neal, Victoria O’Neal and Spencer O’Neal.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family held a private service.


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