Friday, November 11, 2011

Walter Boman - Bellflower

Walter Boman

BELLFLOWER – Walter E. Boman, 87, of Champaign, formerly of Bellflower, died at 5 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 9, 2011) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. The Rev. Louella Pence will officiate.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the funeral home.
Private family interment will be in Bellflower Township Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Boman was born June 26, 1924, in Urbana, a son of George ("Ted") and Mary Doss Boman. He married Mary Dee Harrell on Oct. 28, 1945, in rural LeRoy. She died March 30, 2003.
Surviving are a son, Michael (Vicki) Boman of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; two daughters, Rita (David) Flint of Farmer City and Margo (Gregory) Lykins of Champaign; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a great supportive friend, Faye Cole.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother and a great-grandson, Austin Tharp.
Mr. Boman attended the Black Country Grade School in Farmer City and Bellflower Township High School, graduating in 1943. He was a grain farmer for over 50 years in Bellflower. He also raised cattle, chickens and pigs. He retired from farming in 1993 and then worked at Prairie Gardens for 10 years, retiring again in 2003. He also periodically worked with friends as a part-time stage hand at the Assembly Hall in Champaign.
Mr. Boman and his wife and friends spent several winter seasons in McAllen, Texas, and after his wife passed away, several winter seasons in Gold Canyon, Ariz., with his son and daughter-in-law.
Mr. Boman was a longtime member of the Bellflower Methodist Church. A strong advocate of the Bellflower community, he served as a member of many organizations including the Bellflower Lions Club (Charter Member), Bellflower Senior Social Club, Bellflower Sportsman's Club, Bellflower Masonic Lodge (for over 60 years) achieving the 32nd degree, the Farm Bureau, board member of Bellflower Township, Foosland Grain Company, 4-H and FFA advisory groups. He assisted with the Bellflower Community Christmas Pageant and Fourth of July celebrations and also served as a longtime McLean County Republican Precinct Committeeman.
As a pastime, he enjoyed making art such as drawings and farm landscapes from reclaimed wood. He also enjoyed Canadian Fishing trips with friends.
Mr. Boman never met a stranger. He often made it a point to meet and speak with all around him. He had a great recollection of events and people and loved to "spin" a story or two. He truly enjoyed people and people enjoyed him. He enjoyed gardening, driving all over central Illinois noting the beauty and uniqueness of the area, early breakfasts at the Lion's Den in Bellflower and Taffies in Champaign.
Memorials may be made to the new Champaign County YMCA Building Fund, 500 W. Church, Champaign, IL 61820.

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