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Donald E. Boenker

Iowa City

Donald E. Boenker, Ph.D., longtime Iowa City resident, passed away peacefully Aug. 3, 2018, in his home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.
A service to celebrate Donald's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2301 Court St., Iowa City. The Rev. Brent Hartwig will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. Burial with military honors will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Iowa City Hospice or University of Missouri Baseball.
Don was born on May 2, 1931, in Robertson, Mo. He was the son of Carl Henry Boenker and Agnes Anna (Barklage) Boenker. In 1949, he graduated from Normandy High School in St. Louis County, Mo., and accepted a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He often said, "This opportunity changed my life." He helped lead the team to a second-place finish in the 1952 College World Series. Don was selected as a first team member of the 1952 NCAA All-American Baseball Team. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and played professionally for two years. In 1993, Don was inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 1954, Don entered the U.S. Air Force, where he served two years with the Strategic Air Command at Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio. He retired from the Air Force Reserves with the rank of captain.
Don earned an M.S. degree in animal science and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and animal science from the University of Missouri in 1960. He was selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and QEBH National Honorary Academics Society of the University of Missouri.
Upon graduation, Don was employed as an animal nutritionist for Dixie Mills in East St. Louis, Ill. In 1964, Don became the director of nutrition and research with Protein Blenders, later Hubbard Milling Co., until his retirement in 1995. He was a charter diplomate of the American College of Animal Nutrition, and a member of the American Society of Animal Science and the Nutrition Council of the American Feed Manufacturers.
On Sept. 26, 1953, Don married Janis Aileen Pabst in Albia, Iowa. The two shared a lifelong bond. Don was an active member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, the "Garden Club," Johnson County I Club, American Legion Post 0721 in Coralville and the Professional Investors Organization.
As a man of strong faith, Don was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church since 1964.
Don is survived by his wife, Janis; three daughters, Susan Maglich (Terry) of Columbia, Mo., Jane Friedman (Ken) of Bremerton, Wash., and Elizabeth Carlson (David) of Minneapolis, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.