Family was important to man killed in crash

June 15, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Bruce Reynolds Boden was returning home from a visit with his sister in Bedford County, Pa., when his car went off Interstate 68 near Hancock and hit a tree in a fiery, fatal crash Thursday night.

Boden, 80, of Cearfoss, had visited his sister a few times a week for years, his wife, Elva Mae Boden, said.

Family was important to Boden, she said.

"He was one of a kind," she said. "He was a friendly type person who treated everyone well."

Boden was born in Little Orleans. He married Elva in 1959, and they lived together in a farmhouse on Broadfording Church Road since their wedding day.


Boden worked for 20 years at Mack Trucks, retiring in 1981.

Since then he's kept himself busy visiting family, working on the farm, and "tinkering" in his workshop, his wife said.

Boden made shelves and small tables sometimes, she said. He also enjoyed working in his garden, and a few days ago he ate the first tomato of the season from there.

The Bodens have two sons, who are both married and live within a few minutes of their parents.

Boden is also survived by a grandson, four sisters and two brothers, his wife said.

She said the family hopes to have the funeral Tuesday.

"But still," she said. "It doesn't seem like it's true that he's gone."

Maryland State Police said Boden was driving a 2000 Hyundai Elantra east on Interstate 68 about 1/2 mile west of Creek Road at about 9:50 p.m. Thursday when for an unknown reason the vehicle went off the right side of the highway.

The vehicle went through heavy brush before striking a tree and bursting into flames.

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