Donal Boie

Donal L. Boie, 90, of Hawkeye, died Friday, October 17, 2014, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 20, 2014, at St. Peter Lutheran Church-Richfield with Rev. Wayne Ellingson and Irmgard Ellingson officiating.  Interment will follow at the Church Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 19th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be given to Lions Club of Iowa International Youth Camp.

Donal Laverne, son of Louis and Elsie Benter Boie, was born April 9, 1924, in Bethel Township of rural Fayette County, Iowa. He was baptized June 1, 1924, at Richfield and confirmed in July of 1938, at Ipswich, South Dakota. Don received his education in the rural school in Huntley Township of Edmunds County, South Dakota. The family lived in South Dakota for 19 years, returning to Iowa in the fall of 1944.

Upon returning to Iowa, Don worked as a farm hand for two years, then farming for himself and doing electrical work. In 1963 he formed a partnership with his brother, Glen, doing electrical contracting. In 1965 they bought the Aspinwall Hardware in Hawkeye, operating Boie Hardware and Electric. In 1975 they sold the hardware to Jim and Ruthie Smith and built a building operating as Boie Electric, Inc. On August 1, 1990 Don retired and the business was sold to Dale Walvatne.

Donal was a charter member of the Hawkeye Lions Club and was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation. In May of 2001, Don transferred to the Sumner Lions and was part of the foreign youth exchange program for 18 years where he hosted 16 youth.

He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Richfield, having served on the church council, a member of the Men’s Brotherhood, received the man of the year award in 1976, and served on the NE Iowa Synod Council of ELCA; charter member of the Pioneer Cemetery Association of Fayette County; member of the Fayette County Genealogical Society; served 27 years as precinct person for Bethel Township on the Fayette County Republican Central Committee; hospital trustee at Community Memorial Hospital, Sumner, serving as chairman of the board; member of the Hawkeye Garden Club. Don was also a Fayette County Master Gardener.

Don enjoyed fishing, swimming, photography, and gardening.

Donal is survived by his three brothers, Elmer (Aletha) Boie of Cedar Rapids, Charles (Opal) Boie of Groveland, CA, and Glen (Sally) Boie of Hawkeye; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Schroeder De Vries.


Dale Walvatne ( Walvatne Electric) on October 20, 2014 at 11:16 AM said:

I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. Being of the same trade as Don I always considered him to be the best. When he did a job he did it right. His work was a good example for me to try to follow. My condolences to the family.
Don & Mary Wendland on October 19, 2014 at 11:43 AM said:

I have known Don since they moved back to Iowa in 1944. Always enjoyed sharing old times and memories with him.
Beth O'Donald on October 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM said:

It deeply saddens me to hear of Don's passing. I have fond memories of Don and the kindness he bestowed on others. He will truly be missed. My prayers go out to your family.
BILL TJADEN/Nancy Tjaden on October 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM said:

Friends for years in Lions. Don was respected and admired by youth from around the globe. We worked together with the Lions Of Iowa International Youth exchange where Don was the host father to youth from many countries. Don had the concern that he was too old for the youth to relate.
A testament is when Don was invited to visit the countries of youth he hosted obviously his concern was truly only his concern and not the youth.

Don is missed and will be by all who were acquainted.


Bill & Nancy Tjaden
Formerly Hawkeye residents
Leanne Berns on October 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM said:

My prayers and condolences to the family. I sincerely enjoyed the time I spent with Don on popcorn day and men's breakfast mornings at the nursing home. Such good memories. Blessings.
Max RIOS & Family on October 18, 2014 at 1:10 AM said:

My second grandpa. I'll always remember all the amazing moments we spent in USA, Peru and Canada.
Rest in peace my dear friend.
Pastor Pete on October 17, 2014 at 9:53 PM said:

What wonderful memories I have of Don. He was the friend that every pastor needs,
Paul Meier on October 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM said:

So sorry to see this. My Aunt Margaret Davis Kelly passed away today, too. A life long friendship between the Davis and Boie families. Rest In Peace my friend.
Ed and Phyllis Kahler on October 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM said:

Sorry to learn of his death.
One never know when its our time.

Ed lost a sister this past summer, she was two years older than Ed, in a car accident.
Chuck and Donna Haack on October 17, 2014 at 6:36 PM said:

We have wonderful memories of Donal. Such a gracious, kind man who loved His Lord and Savior. Peace in Jesus be with the entire family.qrw5pr

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