BOEKHOFF, Michael Dean 1950-1954
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/19/2017 at 21:38:22
Michael Boekhoff, 4, Died Friday of Polio in Iowa City
Michael Dean Boekhoff, four-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Boekhoff, died Friday morning in University hospitals at Iowa City following an attack of polio.
He becomes the second death accountable to the disease in Grundy county this year. The first was Kathleen Kinion, 17, Grundy Center.
Michael became ill two days before his death, and was rushed to the hospital Thursday night where he died.
Below is the youth's obituary:
Michael Dean, youngest son of Sam Boekhoff and his wife Till nee Janssen was born May 27, 1950. He was baptized at St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church on April 8, 1951. Early his parents brought him to the services into the house of God. He loved to sing the children's songs. His favorite was "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know, For the Bible Tells Me So."
He was a strong, healthy child until on Wednesday he showed signs of illness, which at first seemed not serious. His parents upon the advice of the physician took him to the University Hospital in Iowa City on Thursday evening. Everything humanly possible was done, but he passed away on Friday morning, October 1, 1954, at 6 o'clock. God granted him a brief life of 4 years, 4 months and 2 days.
He leaves to mourn at his apparently untimely death his grief stricken parents; one brother, Dennis, his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Boekhoff Sr., and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Hermine Janssen; also many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon, October 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the family home and later at St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church, northwest of Wellsburg. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church. The Rev. C. M. Jankowsky officiated at the service.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 October 1954, sec 2, pg 2
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