James A. Boelman, 69, Belmond, died Oct. 24, 2019 at Iowa Specialty Hospital - Belmond. Services will be Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond, with Pastor Dave DeKuiper officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond, and will continue one hour prior to service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Gateway Hospice or Trinity Lutheran Church.
James (Jim) Allan, son of Joyce and Esther (Pals) Boelman, was born Oct. 4, 1950 in Belmond. He grew up in Belmond, graduating from Belmond High School in 1968. Jim was an athletic trainer/manager for the football, wrestling and track teams all four years of high school. Before this season’s first Bronco football game, Jim was invited to the pregame meal with the team, and his devotion to Belmond athletics was honored. He enjoyed watching and being involved with sports his entire life.
Jim married Barbara Pals on Jan. 1, 1969 at Trinity Lutheran Church. They owned a Cargill feed store in Prairie City for a short time. For over 20 years Jim worked as a banker at Ames, Belmond, Alden and Manson.
After leaving banking, Jim and Barb owned a property management business. Jim also kept books for a couple in Manson. He was fascinated with numbers and loved anything financial. In fact, he would spend hours reconciling a checkbook just to find a penny.
In December 2000 Jim moved into the care center at Pomeroy, and in 2007 Jim and Barb moved back to Belmond. He enjoyed reconnecting with classmates and old friends.
Jim’s passion, besides his family, was raising and showing horses, particularly appaloosa and quarter horses. He enjoyed showing horses in the Quarter Horse Futurity, where he took top honors.
Jim loved being around people, whether it was a family gathering or activity at the care center. He always showed his unconditional love. He always had a joke or two to share, even if he couldn’t get the punch line out because he was already laughing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Reece Joyce Boelman; and parents-in-law Alvin and Eleanor Pals.
Left to honor Jim’s memory are his “Three Girls”: wife Barb, and daughters Angela (Clint) Johnson and Andrea (Matt) Insko; the apple of his eye, grandson Ben Insko; brother Arlynn (Sharon) Boelman; and nephew Bryce Boelman.
Per Jim’s wish, his body was donated to the Mayo Clinic in hope that he can help advance the research in Multiple Sclerosis.