LaVaughn A. BoldtApril 18, 1932 ~ April 2, 2020 (age 87)
LaVaughn A. Boldt, age 87, of Norfolk, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. A memorial service will be held in the future. Military rites will be conducted by the Stanton V.F.W. Honor Guard and the inurnment will be in the Stanton City Cemetery, Stanton, NE. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
LaVaughn was born on April 18, 1932, on the family farm near Stanton, the son of August and Ella (Villnow) Boldt. He attended Stanton County District 5 School prior to attending St. John’s Lutheran School in Stanton. He graduated from Stanton High School in May of 1952.
LaVaughn was active in 4H in the dairy division. In high school, LaVaughn was active in Band and Vocational Agriculture. In April of 1950, he was awarded FFA Nebraska State Farmer Degree. In October of the same year, LaVaughn earned his private pilot’s license (SEL). In October of 1951, LaVaughn was awarded the FFA American Farmer Degree.
On November 19, 1952 LaVaughn was drafted into the US Army. In November of 1953, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Medical Service Corps. He served at Station Hospital, Camp Carson, CO, before being stationed in Fontainebleau, France, at the Medical Supply Deport from 1954-55. He earned his honorable separation on December 5, 1955. From 1956-1986 LaVaughn served in the reserves. He retired as a Colonel, Hospital Executive Officer, USAR-MSC.
LaVaughn attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, from 1956-1959, where he earned his BSBA degree studying accounting, insurance and law. He continued his education earning his Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in June of 1961.
On June 1, 1958, LaVaughn married Arlyce Horn, of Tilden, NE, at the University of Nebraska Lutheran Chapel in Lincoln. The made their home in Lincoln while LaVaughn finished his undergraduate degree. Then they moved to Brentwood, MO, and on to Kansas City, MO.
He began his career in hospital administration as the Assistant Executive Director of Springfield City Hospital in Springfield, OH. He then served as the Associate Administrator from 1963 to 1970 at Hamot Hospital, Erie, PA. LaVaughn became the Chief Operating Officer at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO, in 1970. He resigned from that position in 1975, after attaining a Fellow-Certification from the American College of Hospital Administrators in 1974.
While living in Overland Park, KS, from 1970, LaVaughn and Arlyce raised three capable and successful children: Sherry, Kevin, and Brian.
To establish “roots” for raising their family, in Overland Park, KS, LaVaughn accepted an opportunity and changed careers. He left hospital administration and, in 1975, began his new career as a District Representative (DR), Financial Planning for Fraternal Benefits for Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) in Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas. He served members attending ten Lutheran churches in that area. He was the advisor to five AAL Branches (groups of members) carrying out fraternal benefits and benevolences. All branches maintained their “Gold-Silver” ratings during his thirteen years of service.
In May of 1998, LaVaughn and Arlyce retired “back home” to Norfolk. They were members of Northern Heights Baptist Church prior to their membership at Heartland Baptist Church.
LaVaughn enjoyed participating with Promise Keepers and doing Management Training.
LaVaughn is survived by his children daughter, Sherry and her husband Scott Ehle of Vancouver, WA, son Kevin and his wife Mine Boldt of Sandpoint, ID, and son Brian Boldt and his husband David Salcido of Concord, CA. Also surviving are grandchildren, Braxton Ehle and his wife, Danielle, of Seattle Washington and Jordan Ehle, of Chicago, IL; his great granddaughters Hazel and Louise Ehle, of Seattle Washington; his brother Robert and his wife Karen Boldt, of Norfolk NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, two brothers in infancy, his brother Delwyn and his wife Patricia Boldt, of Upland, NE, and his brother Marlen and his wife Brenda Boldt, of Stanton.
Memorials may be directed to Heartland Baptist Church or donor’s choice.