Istvan (Steven) Boros was born to Istvan and Rosalia Boda Boros in Budapest, Hungary on January 20th, 1934 and peacefully passed at his home in Milwaukie, December 26, 2020. As a young child, while his homeland was overrun by Russia, Steve kept himself busy by digging underground shelters and building crystal radios, their only source of important news and information.
At 19 he joined the Hungarian Border guard. On November 4, 1956, Steve escaped to the USA with others fleeing the country. As thousands rushed the border, they urged him to come with them or risk being shot for allowing them through the checkpoint. He left and walked to Austria. "Because we were border guards, for our protection we were taken to a former concentration camp in Austria to avoid the KGB. From there we were kept on an island while sponsors were sought in America. Of the 16 Border Guards I was with, only 6 made it."
Steve was sponsored by a Lutheran church in Oregon which helped him learn English and get a job at Zidell, where he worked as a machinist until retirement.
It was also through his sponsor that he met and married Elizabeth Casswell in 1957. They lived in Milwaukie over 50 years, there raising their three sons.
Steve received his US Certificate of Naturalization on May 28, 1964. He was an accomplished machinist and made tools and knives. He built a food dryer and loved to cook, though that may have been his best survival skill.
Steve once said, "I like to cook, okay. Libby not so much. One time I come home, the pressure cooker blow the top and make a hole in the damn ceiling! Then when she call her dad to know how to make something, I decide I do the cooking." His specialty was Chicken Paprikash.
Steve is survived by his three sons, Steve Jr, Mark, and Robert, and grandchildren Michelle, Amber, Stephanie, Christopher and Steven III, and his dear friend Darcy. He was preceded through the veil by his wife, Elizabeth Jane Bassett Casswell Boros and granddaughter, Marrissa Boros.
Steve is interred at Riverview Cemetery.