George Richard Boberg


George Richard Boberg, age 86, formerly of Supply, NC, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 4, 2020, in Ridgecrest CA, with his family by his side.

George was born on July 31, 1933 in Duluth, MN, the son of the late George Boberg and Esther Johanna (Haij) Boberg. George and his brothers, Howard and Roger grew up in Duluth, MN. He enjoyed the swimming hole at Lester Park and snow skiing. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, graduating in Music Education. He attended the University of Illinois where he received his Master’s degree in Music Education. Following his education, George was drafted into the United States Army. Serving his time in Europe, George was a member of the Seventh Army Symphony and the Seventh Army Band. During his time in the Army he was also on the ski patrol in the German Alps. Following his honorable discharge, George attended Manhattan School of Music earning a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance. He worked as a free-lance Percussionist in New York City and was also percussion instructor for Valley Steam Public School in Long Island, New York.

George met Judith (Snyder) Boberg, and they married in Duluth, MN August, 1960. From 1968-2000 George was a Professor at the University of Kansas in the School of Fine Arts and was the founder of the Percussion Department. While in Kansas, George and his wife, Judy raised their three children, David, John and Sara. George was a devoted father who taught his children to work hard and follow their passion. George’s wife, Judy passed away in 1989, after a long battle with cancer. George married Jane Cryder in 1990.

In 2003, he moved to Supply, NC with Jane. During his retirement years, he enjoyed boating and spending time on the beach. His passion and love for music performance continued through this retirement. George performed percussion with the Wilmington Wind Symphony, the Brunswick concert Band, the Sea-Notes Choral Society, and the St. Peters Church and Holden Beach Chapel choirs. George also conducted the Brunswick Band and sang for Sea-Notes.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Judith (Snyder) Boberg, his second wife, Jane (Cryder) Boberg, his brother, Howard Boberg and his parents.

He is survived by his children David Boberg (Michelle), Denver, CO, John Boberg (Carrie), Ridgecrest, CA, Sara Boberg, Newburgh, IN, Jeff Cryder (Victoria), Newtown, CT and his

grandchildren Heather, Brent, Kevin and Natalie Boberg, Ridgecrest, CA, Laurin and Matthew Schymik, Newburgh, IN, Nathan and Katie Boberg, Denver, CO, Jackson and Juliette Cryder, Newtown, CT and one brother, Roger.

George was cremated in California and will be buried in Duluth, MN, at a later date, in 2021 when his family can gather.

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