Walt served during World War II with the U.S. Army in Central Europe. He was honorably discharged with the rank of First Sergeant. He was a 50-year member of the John J. Wyszomirski Post 701 American Legion. He was also a well-known Amsterdam businessman and operated Boice's Tavern and then the original Boice's Fish Fry. His loving family included his wife, Arlene Boice, his children, Walter Boice III, Michael Boice, and Karen Weller, and his stepchildren, Brenda Peconie and Sherri Lott.