William Henry Boesche, owner of a Howard County landscaping company, died Saturday at his Highland home.
He was 41 and suffered from chronic Lyme disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Mr. Boesche was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and raised in Ocean City. After graduating in 1977 from Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, he began working for several landscaping companies.
In 1992, Mr. Boesche established Clean-Ups Unlimited LLC, a residential and commercial landscaping and hauling company.
Mr. Boesche was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 1999 and subsequently developed ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
"Billy always had a big warm smile and always gave of himself to family, friends and those in need. He was always there when people needed him and never refused to help," said his mother-in-law, Marie C. Boudrye of Pequot Lakes, Minn.
Mr. Boesche liked contributing clothing, appliances and toys he had collected from his hauling business to relief agencies, family members said.
He was interested in his family's genealogy and enjoyed spending time at the beach and on home improvement projects.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 23 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 12430 Scaggsville Road, Highland.
Surviving are his wife of 14 years, Michelle Boudrye; his mother, Betty Boesche of White Marsh; three brothers, Steven Boesche of West Friendship, David Boesche of Wilkes-Barre and Jon Boesche of White Marsh; and a sister, Michelle Gilder of Bethesda.