Boerboom, Walter George

Birth Name Boerboom, Walter George
Gender male
Age at Death 86 years, 10 months, 12 days


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1 July 1924 Ghent, Lyon, Minnesota, United States    
Death 13 May 2011 Luverne, Rock, Minnesota, United States    
Burial 2011 Saint Marys, Cottonwood, Lyon, Minnesota, United States   1a
Obituary       1a
Event Note

COTTONWOOD - Mass of Christian burial for Walter Boerboom, 86, of Luverne, formerly of Cottonwood, will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cottonwood. Visitation will from 4-8 p.m. today with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will continue from 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at St. Mary's Cemetery in Cottonwood. Military Rites provided by U.S. American Legion Post 503 of Cottonwood.

Walter died on Friday, May 13, 2011, at the Sanford Luverne Medical Center.

Walter George Boerboom was born July 1, 1924, in Ghent, to Cornelius and Marie (VanDenBerghe) Boerboom.

He grew up on the family farm near Ghent and attended St. Eloi Catholic School. He graduated from Marshall High School in May 1943. He served in the Army from Dec. 1944 to Aug. 1946 including time in the Philippines and Hawaii. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Southwest Minnesota.

Walter was united in marriage to Helen Peters on Sept. 11, 1950, at St. Clotilde Catholic Church in Green Valley. They farmed and started their family near Wood Lake. In 1955 they moved to a farm southwest of Cottonwood where they raised seven children. After retiring from farming in 1986, Walter worked at the Cottonwood Coop Fertilizer Plant. The couple moved from the farm to a house in Cottonwood in 1989. Walter resided at the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Luverne from November 2008 May 2011. He enjoyed playing rolle bolle and watching sports with family and friends. Walter served on the Lucas Township Board, was a member and Past-Commander of the American Legion Post 503, served on the Lyon Co. Planning and Zoning Commission, President of the Cottonwood Lyons Club, Marshall PCA Board of Directors and chairman of the Cottonwood School Board. Walter and Helen were charter members of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he served as a lector and communion minister.

Survivors include his children James and Mary Jo (Drazkowski) Boerboom of Waseca, Neil and Rose Mary (Lafferty) Boerboom of Minneapolis, Paul and Nancy (Looker) Boerboom of Hartford, S.D., Gail (Boerboom) and Rev. David Jahn of Luverne, Anne (Boerboom) and John "Andy" Rieder of Longmont, Colo., Glen Boerboom of St. Louis Park and Lorraine (Boerboom) and Robert Sack of Indianapolis, Ind; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sibling Clarice (and Bill) Versaevel of Marshall; and nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Helen (Peters) Boerboom, parents and siblings Sophia, Theresa, Harry J., Evelyn, John, Joe, Mary, Cornelius, Andrew and Francis.

Memorials preferred to the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Luverne.


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Boerboom, Cornelis Joannes5 June 188129 March 1932
Mother van den Berghe, Marie Aleida17 August 187824 February 1964
    Sister     Boerboom, Sophie 14 February 1909 28 November 2002
    Sister     Boerboom, Theresa C 31 August 1910 1962
    Brother     Boerboom, Henry John 8 October 1911 5 April 2005
    Sister     Boerboom, Evelyn Bertha 20 November 1912 7 January 2009
    Brother     Boerboom, John Cornelius 9 June 1914 14 June 1991
    Brother     Boerboom, Joseph William 31 August 1915 26 August 1994
    Brother     Boerboom, Cornelius Archie 9 June 1918 5 February 2009
    Brother     Boerboom, Andrew Henry 23 October 1919 3 January 2010
    Sister     Boerboom, Clarice Marie 3 May 1922 22 June 2017
         Boerboom, Walter George 1 July 1924 13 May 2011

Source References

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