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Raymond “Skip” N. Boughton, age 73 of Ontonagon, MI; formerly of Colfax, passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Ontonagon.

Skip was born March 1, 1941 in Menomonie, he was the son of Glen and Marian (Curry) Boughton.  Skip grew up on the family farm near Colfax and graduated from Colfax High School in 1959.  Skip served in the U.S Air Force during the Vietnam War. After the service, Skip served as a State Trooper for the State of Wisconsin. Skip married Judy Legge June 28, 1969 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie. He graduated from UW–Platteville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science and Administration.  They moved to Meeker Colorado where Skip served as Chief of Police. Skip returned to Colfax and took over the family farm, and also received his Master’s Degree in Safety Engineering from UW-Stout.  Skip then worked for M.A. Mortenson of Minneapolis as a Safety Engineer.  Later Skip was a businessman and owned and operated Hayward Feed and Seed in Hayward and was co-founder of Lakeland Organics in Colfax.

After retirement, Skip and Judy moved to Ontonagon, MI where Skip’s passion was fishing on Lake Superior.  Skip and Judy are members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Hudson; Skip was a member of Ontonagon Sportsman’s Club; he was a long time member of the Colfax American Legion and Colfax Sportsman Club; he served on the Board of Directors for OCIA and the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association.

Skip is survived by his wife Judy of 44 years, two sons, Jeremiah (Katie) of Green Bay; Patrick  of Colfax; a granddaughter, Addie Boughton of Green Bay; two sisters, Mary Lou (Clint) Rudesill of Montello; Rita (Marshall) Traxler of Boyceville; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating.  Burial will be in the Hill Grove Cemetery, Colfax.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

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Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Menomonie is serving the family.