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James D. Boomsma

James Boomsma obit photoJames D. Boomsma, age 78, of Wolsey, died Saturday, February 21, 2009, at his home.  His funeral service was at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 25th at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wolsey with the Rev. L. Scott Spiehs officiating.  Burial was in the Broadland Cemetery.   Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church of Wolsey.

James Dirk Boomsma was born in Franeker, Friesland, Holland on February 17, 1931, the son of Dirk and Stijntje Boomsma. James traveled to the United States in 1949, and became a United States citizen in 1954

James resided in Beadle County where he established himself as a prominent cattleman and businessman. He served multiple terms on the Norwest Bank Board of Directors and in addition three years as an agricultural advisor for the Regional Federal Reserve.  He was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wolsey. 

James was united in marriage to Gladys (LeGrand) Boomsma in 1953, and they were blessed with seven children.  In 1988, James married Gay (Shaull) Nachreiner and they were blessed with two children. 

James frequently traveled to the Netherlands visiting his parents, sisters and extended family.  On various occasions his children were fortunate to have accompanied him on these trips. He also enjoyed spending time with his children skiing in the Black Hills.

James was a proud grandfather to each of his twenty-three grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  Many have fond memories of “feeding the cows” with grandpa.

James is survived by his nine children, James (Nancy) Boomsma of Elkhart, KS, Gary (Doreen) Boomsma of Huron, SD, Janet (Mark) Lovre of Sioux Falls, SD Kenneth (Carol) Boomsma of Coffee Camp,  Australia, Jean (Don) Rose of Sioux Falls, SD, Joan Kool of Fairfield, IA, Matthew (Jodi) Boomsma of Raleigh, NC, Cedrik Boomsma of Wolsey, SD and Chessa Boomsma of Wolsey, SD; his sister, Joyce Faber of TheNetherlands; twenty-three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

James was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Akke and Reine.   

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