Elston A. Boldt

Elston A. Boldt, 90, of Tripoli, died Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Tripoli Nursing & Rehab.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli with Rev. Scott Duffus officiating.  Interment will follow in Grace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Tripoli. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26th at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday. Memorials may be made in his name to Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli, Tripoli Nursing & Rehab, or Cedar Valley Hospice in Waverly.

Elston Adolf, son of Adolf and Adelgunde Hesse Boldt, was born July 16, 1924, in Dayton Township of rural Bremer County, Iowa. He was baptized July 31, 1924 and confirmed April 10, 1938, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn. He received his education in the parochial school there. On October 10, 1943, he was united in marriage with Gertrude Brase at St. John Lutheran Church-Western Douglas. The couple farmed for many years south and west of Tripoli prior to retiring in 1975, and moving into town. Elston entered Tripoli Nursing & Rehab in September of this past year. He remodeled several structures in the area, enjoyed woodworking, and loved to read.

In addition to his wife, Gertrude of Tripoli, he is survived by three sons, Lonnie of Tripoli, Darwin (Estella) of Frederika, and Neal (Carol), also of Tripoli; three daughters, Judith (Floyd) Fowlkes of Tripoli, Joyce (Darwin) Fecht, and Jennifer (Ralph) McCready, all of Allison; twenty-nine grandchildren; fifty-six great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Kemming of Waverly.

Elston was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Walter.


Dawn Holm on April 27, 2015 at 11:21 AM said:

Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Your Dad lived a great, long life. He will be missed by all that new and loved him. Cherish all the great memories.
Brad & Kim (Baldwin) Bunce on April 27, 2015 at 11:01 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Michael Ball on April 27, 2015 at 6:55 AM said:

Joyce,Jennifer and Families, So sorry all you guys are in our prayers.Michael and Barbara Ball
Mary Grosse on April 26, 2015 at 8:51 AM said:

Joyce and family My prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to all of you at this time. Just know you are being thought of. Take care With lots of love and caring. Mary Grosse
Yvonne Nichols on April 25, 2015 at 3:07 PM said:

Joyce, So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I remember your folks from my time at Grace Lutheran. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

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