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Gary Boomgaarden (KD0RZM)
January 3, 2013
GARY LEWIS BOOMGAARDEN, age 61, of
Ellsworth, died Thursday, January 3,
2013, at the Sanford Hospital in
Luverne. He was born February 20, 1951,
in Adrian, to Jake and Jennie (Peters)
Boomgaarden. Gary graduated from
Ellsworth High School in 1969. He
entered the Army National Guard and
served his country for seven years. He
graduated from Southeast Vo-Tech, in
Sioux Falls, SD, with a degree in
Gary married Delores Boltjes on April 3,
1971, at the Emmanuel Presbyterian
Church south of Rushmore. The couple
lived and raised their family in
Ellsworth. Music was Gary’s passion.
With his dad & uncle, he played in the
George Boomgaarden Orchestra. Gary later
played in various bands before most
recently playing bass guitar in Iron
Gary worked at various jobs including
A.R. Woods Manufacturing in Luverne;
Sathers in Round Lake; Sudenga
Industries in George, IA; the City of
Ellsworth; Sencore Eletronics in Sioux
Falls, SD; and Marco Inc. in Sioux
He enjoyed many hobbies including his
HAM Radio operation, his flower
gardening and especially his love for
steam engines. Gary was also interested
in history and genealogy. He researched
old newspaper clippings and obituaries
to help people find family history or
locate grave sites. He also loved
spending time with his grandchildren.
Gary is survived by his wife, Delores
Boomgaarden, Ellsworth; three children,
Michelle (Kevin) DeBeer, Ellsworth;
Angela (Brian) Jonas, Kenneth; and Kari
(Matthew) Liljequist, Plymouth; five
grandchildren, Danielle & Kendra DeBeer;
and Brianna, Morgan & Zachary Jonas;
brother, Dennis (Arden) Boomgaarden,
Murrieta, CA; aunt, Jean Oehlerts,
Canton, SD; mother-in-law, Marjorie
Boltjes, Adrian; and many in-laws,
cousins & family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents;
and an infant brother.
Visitation will be from 4-7pm Friday at
the Zion Presbyterian Church in
Ellsworth; and one hour prior to the
service at the church on Saturday.
Funeral will be 11 am Saturday at the
Zion Presbyterian Church, in Ellsworth,
officiated by Rev. Calvin Hsu. Burial
with full military honors will be in the
Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth.
Dingmann Funeral Home, in Adrian, is in
charge of arrangements.
To view an online obituary, sign a
virtual register book or order flowers,
please visit www.dingmannandsons.com
Gary, thank you for all of the great
QSO's. You will be missed by your family
and friends alike. It was great being
related and being able to talk whenever
we wanted on the air.
Anthony - KB0WSW
Contributed by: Anthony Buss (KB0WSW)
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