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BOEKHOFF, Sam 1913-1986


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/14/2016 at 09:02:24

Heart Attack Takes Life Of Sam Boekhoff

Funeral services for Sam Boekhoff were held on Monday, January 6, 1986, at the Wellsburg Reformed Church. Pastor Roger Huitink officiated.

Mrs. Harvin Meyer was organist and accompanied the soloist Jim Heikens who sang two selections. Mrs. Keith Sillman and Mrs. John Everts took care of flowers.

Casket bearers were Roger Van Heiden, Jeff Boekhoff, Greg Boekhoff, Dean Rogers, James Jamison, and Craig Hippen.

The interment service was held in St. Peter's United Church of Christ Cemetery, rural Wellsburg.

The Doyen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

An apparent heart attack claimed the life of Mr. Boekhoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Grundy County Memorial Hospital. He would have been 73 on Sunday, January 5.

He was born Samuel John Boekhoff, on January 5, 1913, near Monroe, SD. The son of John and Mary (Vanderwerf) Boekhoff, he received his education in the rural schools near Sauk Rapids, MN. The family moved to a farm in Colfax Township southeast of Wellsburg in 1927. On June 27, 1946, he was married to Tillie Janssen at the home of her parents near Ackley. Following their marriage they made Wellsburg their lifetime home.

He made confession of faith in the St. Peter's United Church of Christ of Wellsburg. On July 29, 1968, he became a member of the Wellsburg Reformed Church, by transfer of membership.

Sam worked for both Henry Hippen and Leonard Gelder Construction in Wellsburg for several years. He and Tillie are remembered for operating the Boekhoff Cafe in downtown Wellsburg. In 1962 he began working at John Deere in Waterloo and continued until his retirement in 1975.

Preceding him in death were: his father, John Boekhoff, Sr.; a son, Michael Dean, who passed away on October 1, 1954; three brothers, Albert, Lawrence, and John Jr.; two sisters, Lorraine Boekhoff and Evelyn (Patty) Lentz.

Those left to mourn his passing are: his wife, Tillie; son, Donald Dee Boekhoff of Wellsburg; son, Dr. Dennis D. Boekhoff and his wife, Terri, two granddaughters, Kristin Kay and Heather Lea Boekhoff, of Iowa City; his mother, Mrs. Mary Boekhoff of the Long Term Care Unit of Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center; five brothers and nine sisters: Ben Boekhoff of Aplington; Mrs. Fannie Johnson of St. Cloud, MN; Mrs. George (Anna) Tjabring of Parkersburg; Dick Boekhoff of St. Cloud, MN; Mrs. Jennie VanHeiden of Wellsburg; Mrs. Henry (Ella) Riebkes of Wellsburg; Mrs. Fred (Bertha) Kannegieter of Waterloo; Ernest Boekhoff of Aplington; Mrs. John (Carrie) Wehrman of Iowa Falls; George Boekhoff of Wellsburg; Mrs. Delbert (Grace) Hippen of Wellsburg; Mrs. Dale (Esther) Smith of Conrad; Mrs. Carroll (Marlys) Clark of Keokuk; Arnold Boekhoff of Wellsburg; and other relatives and friends.

--The Grundy Register/Wellsburg Herald (Grundy Center, Iowa), 9 January 1986, pg 10


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