Hans J. Boxler, Sr., of Varysburg passed away unexpectedly on Sunday (July 18, 2016) at the age of 81. He was born May 15, 1935, in Buffalo, a son of the late Joseph and Lea (Jäeggi) Boxler. In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his son John Boxler; daughter-in-law Debra Boxler and sisters Gretchen Praller and Mary Boxler.
Hans was a longtime member of Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish in Varysburg, NYS Farm Bureau, and the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce. Hans was a life-long dairy farmer and visionary whose love of animals encouraged him to create Hidden Valley Animal Adventure where he shared his love for God’s animals with others. Hans had many interests and passions. He was active in tractor pulling for over 45 years belonging to the National Tractor Pullers Association, Empire State Pullers, Pro Pulling League, and NYS Tractor Pullers Association. Other interests included traveling, dancing, collecting antique farm equipment, going to auctions, working with his Belgian horses, and visiting farms.
He was well respected by the community and supported the community by organizing the annual Old Fashioned Harvest Days to benefit multiple charities including the Varysburg Fire Department, Sheldon Baseball and St. Vincent’s Catholic School.
He was a man of great generosity and faith, putting God above his greatest love…FAMILY.
He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 59 years Rose Boxler; Children Hans Boxler Jr., Kathleen (Richard) Luce, Barbara (D. Jeffrey) Dominesey, David (Ella) Boxler, Thomas (Lisa) Boxler, Michael Boxler all of Varysburg, Susan (Jeffrey) Cusmano of Attica and Lori (Christin) Domes of Attica; grandchildren Melissa (Anthony), Melinda, Brittany (John), Christina, Lisa (Eric), Andrew, Ashley (Michael), Jesse, Chelsey, Lindsey, Augustus, Nicholas, Tyler, Jacob, Tasha (James), Nichole, Katlyn, Warren (Rebecca), Laken (Joseph), Bradford, Gregory, Dylan, Samuel, Andrew, Ellie, Jack, Cash, Gage, Eden and Ivy; great grandchildren Lexi, Levi, Bailey, Grant, Talon and Sicilia along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to call on Monday July 25th & Tuesday the 26th from 2:00-9:00 PM at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure 2887 Royce Rd. Varysburg, NY 14167. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish 2311 Attica St. Varysburg, NY 14167. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Varysburg. Overflow outdoor seating will be available under the church pavilion with audio-video.
Memorials may be made to the Varysburg Volunteer Fire Department 2446 (Route 20A) Main St. Varysburg, NY 14167. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, New York 14011.