Saturday, October 1, 2011

KSU Men's Rugby Loses a Giant: Godspeed, Boomer! KSUFR rugby family mourns Nevin “Boomer” Markel (update)

Everybody at K-State Loved Boomer. (There is now a Sunday Rugby Game in heaven, no doubt. )
Kansas State University has lost a truly fine alumni. Raise a Cold Guinness Stout for Boomer!

The KSUFR Rugby family lost a dear member today. Nevin “Boomer” Markel passed away in his Colorado Springs, CO home last night.
Funeral and condolence details:
I know it is Saturday, October 15th, in Colorado springs. Please keep his family in your thoughts. Those of us who cannot be there, wish we were.

Service will be 10:00 am. GARDEN RANCH BAPTIST CHURCH
3830 Van TEYLINGEN Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80917  (719) 591-1487
THIS CHURCH, is ABOUT 12 MILEs SOUTH of the USAF ACADEMY.  TAKE I-25, HWY 85 SOUTH. GET off on 85 / 87, N. NEVADA AVE. Go EAST on AUSTIN BLUFFs PKWAY.
SOUTH on HWY 83. (N. NEVADA AVE)   THEN, WEST on BETTY Dr. THEN NORTH on Van TEYLINGEN Dr.




Boomer's knee surgery

 KSU memorial stadium, Labor Day Rugby

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 Give Blood. Play Rugby. The knee.

Godspeed Boomer.





Boomer had nice friends.

K-State / Ft. Riley Rugby HERE




Some comment
 excerpts i have read that i thought were worth repeating:

"There just are no words ..... how many times do we have to be smacked up side the head with a 2X4 before we realize how precious is the time we have with our good friends .." D

"We will all come to grips with his passing in our own way and time. However, I am confident that Boomer would not want us to dwell on the sadness of this moment. Rather, I am equally confident that he would prefer that we revel in stories of his adventures (and misadventures) and that we take a few moments to celebrate our time together...Peace!--" B.

"It was a WAR that day and Boomer was an animal! He was at all the break downs, winning lineouts and kickin ASS! If not for the cheap shots of the Blues second row that knocked B R out of the game and left WK with a broken eye socket, we would have won that game! I was proud to be Boomer's teammate that day! That was Boomer at his best on the Pitch and that is how I will always remember him..."  A

 "I played with Boomer from 1981 to ????. I was always glad to have him on my side. He was always there. The younger guys like me really needed his experience many times. He drove the bus on long road trips while some of us were unable to drive. He sold his beard one clip at a time to help us as a fund raiser. He supported the team in all kinds of ways I am sure I did not realize at the time.
"...I have many memories of Boomer, all good. Remember when he would start speaking Russian at parties? That turned a few heads. ......He was a fixture in the Student Union at K-State. I think he was the only person to have his own table....



4 comments:

  1. Service will be 10:00 am.
    GARDEN RANCH BAPTIST CHURCH
    3830 Van TEYLINGEN Dr.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80917
    (719) 591-1487
    THIS CHURCH, is ABOUT 12 MILEs SOUTH of the USAF ACADEMY.
    TAKE I-25, HWY 85 SOUTH.
    GET off on 85 / 87, N. NEVADA AVE.
    Go EAST on AUSTIN BLUFFs PKWAY.
    SOUTH on HWY 83. (N. NEVADA AVE)
    THEN, WEST on BETTY Dr.
    THEN NORTH on Van TEYLINGEN Dr.

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  2. I worked with "Boomer" at the USPS and he was quite the character and was as nice as could be!!

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  3. Yes you pegged it with those two: Nice and A CHaracter!! I JUST left ananother funeral and Boomer was on my heart. I am holding a Dailies irish in my hand right now. BOOMER.

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  4. I met Nevin Markel about 1963 when his family moved to New Jersey and they joined our church. Nevin was in my Sunday School class. A couple of years later we attended the same high school where Nevin was on the basketball and track teams. He asked me to the Junior Prom - and we became a couple. In 1973 - 1977 Nevin was stationed in Berlin, Germany - at an allied listening station. The Berlin Wall was still there and the British, French, and Americans occupied West Berlin, with the Soviets occupying East Berlin. Nevin, always the athlete took up darts and baseball. There were several military ball teams that played each other. When Nevin made contact with a ball, which was frequent, it usually went a long way. One day when he hit a home run, and was jogging around the bases, a teammate yelled out "that was a boomer" and one of his many nicknames was born. I was privileged to have witnessed that home run along with many others; and for a time I was known as "Mrs. Boomer".

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