Lawrence “Larry” Boley
Friday, July 22, 1932
Date of Death:
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
80 years old
Lawrence “Larry” Boley
Lawrence “Larry” Boley, age 80, died peacefully in his home the morning of Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
Larry was born on July 22, 1932 to Sheldon and Eva (Richert) Boley in Charlestown, Indiana. He graduated from high school in Elizabeth, Indiana, where he met Janet Brewer. Janet and Larry had been married for 60 years, celebrating their anniversary on March 15th. Together they raised three sons and two daughters. Larry spent the majority of his life as a farmer in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. He also spent several years as an insurance agent, meat cutter, and most recently, ten years at Walmart. Whatever his job, Larry always had time for a story, joke or just simple conversation. He enjoyed being around people and was well known for visiting over coffee and breakfast. Larry loved to travel. He and Janet visited most of the United States, but especially enjoyed their time spent together in Branson, Missouri.
Larry is survived by his wife, Janet of Byron, MN; two sons, Darrell (Wanda) Boley of Dexter, MN; Kenneth (Deborah) Boley of Byron, MN; daughter-in-law Diane (David) of Hayfield, MN; and two daughters, Carlita (Ron) Lewison of Houston, MN and Donna (Charles) Jensen of Alexandria, MN. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and more than thirty great-grandchildren with one great-great-grandchild on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Marvin and Maurice, and one son David and four grandchildren.
A memorial service for Larry will be held at 11:00AM in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Rev. Darrel Mohler officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the chapel.
Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com
The family of Lawrence “Larry” Boley has received the following condolences.
We were saddened to read of Larry's passing, and we extend our sympathy to Janet and the family. He was a key player and a great helper in our move to Minnesota in 1976, and I have no doubt that he gave a lot of his time helping many other people as well during his lifetime.
We first met Larry in October of 1976, after I started working in the area. We were living in Omaha at the time, and needed to find housing in the Rochester area. We met Larry through Kendall Little of Byron, for whom Larry was working as a real-estate agent. Larry went the extra mile (and then some) to help us find a suitable and affordable home, even renting us his farmhouse near Ostrander for an extremely reasonable rate when it became apparent that we wouldn't be able to buy a house before making the move from Omaha. He even rode to Omaha with me and helped with renting and loading a U-Haul truck. Then, on Christmas Eve, he rode back to Ostrander with us, and helped with unloading the truck and turning it in in Spring Valley. Through it all, he enjoyed helping with the driving, getting to know the family, and helping us get settled in the community. We certainly benefitted from his experience and advice as we purchased a home and settled in Dodge Center. While still living on the farm, I was having trouble with one of the cars, and when I told him what it was doing, he jacked it up, slid underneath, and pointed out the problem to me. The winter of '76-'77 was bitterly cold and windy, and when the water line froze, Larry came out and lowered a heater into the pump pit, and before long we had water again. His energy and drive were amazing.
From time to time over the years, we would run into Larry, and occasionally he would stop by the house just to say hi. Larry was a "people person", and through his family and his hard work, he certainly left his corner of the world a little better than he found it. Again, we extend our sympathy at his passing, but we know that your memories of Larry will give you comfort in this difficult time.
Saying "goodbye" to a favorite, always friendly cousin that has been a part of all my life! From raising tobacco in the 50's when I got mud on the interior of his Plymouth ( he calmly told me to let it dry and it would come off easily) to the visits back to Indiana at reunion time as of late, it was always delightful to visit with Lawrence. As Nathan said upon hearing of his passing, "He sure made the reunions come alive". His stories, & his interest in everyone just kept things in swing! It is hard to not be able to say "Goodbye" in person! So thankful that he came in June & again in September for his last reunion. He bragged on his wife that she took good care of him and she did! He had a wonderful family! And Cardie, so kindly was her dynamic self in driving her folks around to see all the relatives! Until we meet again in that Promised Land!..., Martha Boyd Blank
Donna, I am so very sorry for the loss of your father. I know it has been a difficult few months for your family, and please know that you and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers.
With the utmost sincerity,
So sorry to hear ---My thoughts are with you. Glad you could come this summer. Mother really enjoyed your visit. Corky
He was a wonderful person.I remember him joking around when coming in for coffee at Hy-Vee.
We always enjoyed visiting with Larry whenever we would run into him. He was very entertaining with a story and a joke here and there. I also enjoyed talking to him when working with him at Walmart. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and we hope the rest of the new year will be better. With Sympathy, Phil & Deb Suess
My condolences to Donna and the family. You're in our thoughts and prayers. Take care. Minnow