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Donald Dean Boe — Austin

AUSTIN — Donald Dean Boe, 81, of Austin, peacefully joined his Lord and Savior, Friday morning, July 24, 2009.

 He and his twin sister Shirley were born Aug. 31, 1927, in Clayton Township, Mower County, to Simon and Lizzie (Anderson) Boe. Don and Shirley were the 11th and 12th of 13 children. He was always very proud to be a member of a family of 13 children. He was a former member of the Marshall Lutheran Church, rural Adams, where he was baptized and confirmed. The family lived in Clayton Township most of his life. He graduated from the Adams High School in 1945. He entered the Air Force in November of 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1946.

Don married Bonnie Starry on Sept. 3, 1949, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union was born one daughter, Nancy (Boe) Vestal. He was reactivated into the Air Force in 1951, serving at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb., where he did auto body work. He was discharged a second time in 1953. He return to Austin in July of 1953 where he worked at Chinander's Auto Body until opening the Ace Auto Body and BO-DE Travel Trailers businesses in 1963. Don was an active member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin since 1955.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters, Ervin, Mildred Corcoran, Juletta Wigness, Helen Palmer, Hazel Hall, Nona Erie, Jim, Vernon, Lois Reich, Shirley Harrington and Richard.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the Marshall Lutheran Church, Adams, with the Rev. Warren Schmidt and the Rev. Shari Mason, officiating. Interment will be in Marshall Lutheran Cemetery in Adams, with Adams Post 146 American Legion in charge of military rites. Visitation will be at Adams Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, and for one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin or the Marshall Lutheran Church in Adams.

Casket Bearers will be Bill Boe, Mike Harrington, Dennis Starry, Donald Starry, Keith Reich and Vance Erie.

Donald is survived by his wife, Bonnie L. Boe of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Larry Vestal of Rochester; stepgranddaughters, Teresa (Mark) Marquette of Rochester, Elizabeth (Darren) Hancock/Erwin of Davenport, Iowa, and Jennifer Rempt of Davenport; great-grandchildren; brother, Harlan (Maggie) Boe of LeRoy; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Gladys Boe of Adams, Martha Boe of Adams, Elaine Starry of St. Paul, and Charles and Evelyn VanHouse of Austin; nieces and nephews and their families; and special four-year-old friend, Asia.

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