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Jim Paren Boysen

June 6, 1943 ~ October 22, 2018 (age 75)

Jim  P. Boysen, age 75, of Holstein, passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018 at his home in Holstein.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holstein with the Pastor Bob Lewis officiating.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to service at 10:00 AM at the church.  Burial will be at the Holstein Cemetery of Holstein.

Jim and his twin brother, Joe were born in Carroll, Iowa on June 6, 1943 to Henry and Inez (Childress) Boysen. Growing up, he lived on the Boysen farm in rural Deloit, Iowa with his parents and six brothers and he and Joe worked the family farm after their dad’s retirement.

On June 21st, 1964 he married his beautiful bride, Judy (Schroeder) of Manning, and it was while living on the Boysen farm that their first two children, Deb and Linette were born. They then moved to a farm place in the Schleswig area and welcomed their son Ted to the family. Jim and Judy enjoyed their polka music and travelled to polka festivals.

In 1975, Jim, Judy and family moved to Holstein, Iowa where he owned a service station and later worked in the Good Samaritan Nursing Home. After his retirement, he and Judy bought and restored their first, and then second classic cars – a 57 Chevy Belair and a 64 Chevy Impala Convertible. They loved showing off their cars at car shows. He also worked on numerous wood projects for family and friends in his workshop, while using his shop for mechanical projects. If there was something that needed to be fixed – he was the one who could do it!

In 1993 they were elated to learn they would be grandparents – and this happened for him five more times! He was the proud grandparent of Megan, Brianna and Hannah Colshan and Emma, Lidia and Isaac Meyer. He loved having photographs of them throughout his home and talking about their accomplishments. With two granddaughters graduated from nursing school, he was very proud of having four nurses (his daughters and granddaughters) in his family.

Jim loved taking his classic cars for a drive, and taking his family with him in the cars.

Jim is survived by his two daughters, Deb (Brian) Colshan and Linette (Steve) Meyer, his grandchildren, brothers Hubert (Corlys) Boysen, Don (Ruby) Boysen and Dean (Virginia) Boysen, sister-in-law, LaVon Boysen, nephews and nieces.

Sadly, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 45 years, Judy, his son, Ted, his parents, brothers Joe and his wife Sharon, Melvin and Leonard and sister Luverne Unabell.

Jim’s family would like to thank Dr. Paul Johnson, the staff of St. Luke’s, Mercy Medical Center and Willow Dale Nursing Home for their kind care over his extended illness. 

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