Walt served during World War II with the US 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, Karen Weller and his step children, Brenda Peconie and Sherri Lott.