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Donald Boies


Donald C. Boies, 91, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Jan. 3, 2018, at the Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids.
Donald was born Sept. 11, 1926, at the family home in Rowley, Iowa. He was the eighth of nine children born to H. Glen and Leta (Gaylord) Boies. He attended schools in Brandon, Iowa, Independence, Iowa, Aurora, Iowa, and Winthrop, Iowa. After graduating from Winthrop High School in 1944, he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant.
Following military service, he farmed north of Winthrop for several years. In September 1952 he married Therma Jean Stohr in Waterloo, Iowa. The couple made their home in Cedar Rapids and spent their careers at Collins Radio, later Rockwell-Collins. Don and Therma had a vibrant social life. They belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, enjoyed meeting with friends at a quiet local pub and entertaining in their home. Don was a longtime member of the American Legion Post 298. He looked forward each year to the opening of pheasant season and hunting with family and friends. He was an avid gardener and was especially proud of his perfectly manicured lawn.
Thelma died in 1995. Donald moved to Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids in 2012 and lived there for the remainder of his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife; three sisters, Marion McNeal, June Benz and Burnita Reed; and five brothers, Horace, Gaylord, Herbert (killed in Germany, World War II and buried in Holland), Robert and Richard Boies.
He is survived by a sister-in-law, Lois Boies of Oelwein; and many nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the staff at Cottage Grove Place and Above and Beyond Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. until services on Tuesday.
To leave an online condolence, please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.