Harold John “Skip” Boehm, 89, beloved husband, father,
father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, grandpa, great-grandpa, and
uncle joined his wife, Lena, to continue the journey they started 60
years ago. Harold died peacefully on Friday, September 09, 2011,
of natural causes at The Village of Legacy Pointe in Waukee,
Harold was born on November 24, 1921, to John Fredrick and
Leta (Tjarks) Boehm in Nashua. He grew up in Spirit Lake and
graduated high school there in 1939. He was a member of the football
and basketball teams. After high school, he was employed as an
engineer’s assistant by Dickinson County.
During WWII he was stationed in Kingman, AZ, where he
graduated from the Army Air Force’s flexible gunnery school as an
aerial gunner. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and awarded
the silver wings of the aerial bombardier upon graduation from the
Army Air Force’s bombardier school of flight and combat training in
high- level, precision bombing and navigation from Kirtland Field,
Albuquerque, NM. He then went to Barksdale Field, Shreveport, LA,
for further combat training. He served with the 319th
Bomb Group as a first lieutenant bombardier-navigator on B-26’s and
B-25’s in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations.
Harold entered Iowa State University and graduated in 1949
with a BS in Engineering. He was employed as the city engineer for
Knoxville, general manager at Wemer Motors in Sigourney, district
manager-Behlen Manufacturing, Wicks Manufacturing, Middle States
Manufacturing and as a realtor for Mallinger and Associates in
Harold had a great love for his country and therefore, took an
interest in supporting various political and civic organizations.
He served as mayor of Sigourney from 1966 to 1970 and on the Keokuk
County Board of Review for 25 years. He was involved in the VFW Post
2308, American Legion Post 19, Lions Club, and Kiwanis of America.
On November 28, 1947,
he married Lena Louise Wemer at the Gibson Presbyterian Church.
Harold was a proud father of seven children. He is survived
and deeply missed by three sons -Colin (Jane) Boehm of Iowa City,
John (Janet) Boehm of Ankeny and Samuel Boehm of Adel; four
daughters- Julie (Robert) Bushmaker of Whitehall, MT, Laura
(Jeffrey) Fulton of Urbandale, Ruby (James) Kahler of
Winterset and Tena
(Robert) Morgan of Mesa, AZ; 12 grandchildren- Joshua Boehm, Ryan
Boehm, Blair Boehm, Ana Boehm, Trenton Bushmaker, Aaron Fulton,
(fiancée Maggie Michel) Fulton, Andrea (Timothy) Kraft, Adam (Laura) Kahler,
Ashley (Troy) Bushnell, Graham Boehm; three great-grandchildren,
Andrew Kraft, Evelyn Kraft, and Cael Bushnell; two brothers, Kenneth
Boehm, John Boehm, and one sister, Eleanor Boehm Twigg.
Harold was preceded
in death by his wife, Lena, on July 25, 2008; his grandson, Jesse
Boehm, on November 22, 2008, his parents; his brothers, Herbert
Boehm and Dr. Donald Boehm and step-brother Harry Smith; and his
sister, Lorraine Boehm Nowicki.
Please join with
the family in sharing memories. Holm Funeral Home in Sigourney is in
charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00pm on
Monday at the Holm Funeral Home. Services will take place at the
Sigourney Presbyterian Church Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 2:00
pm. Burial will follow at the
Sixteen Cemetery west
In lieu of
flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the Gibson
Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.