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Glen L. Boese - May 18, 2012


Glen L. Boese of Springfield, S.D. left this world to be with his heavenly father May 18, 2012.
Born Nov. 28, 1928, to Gustav and Katy (Ries) Boese, he was raised in Turner County, S.D. The family moved to Springfield in 1945, where he met Phyllis Thomas; they married Aug. 18, 1951.
Glen was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, farmer, teacher, mentor and missionary. He was a longtime member of the Friedensburg Bible Church, Avon, S.D.
After graduating from Freeman Jr. College and Sioux Falls College he received a Master’s Degree from Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Chicago) in 1956. In 1958 he moved his family from Chicago to the farm his parents owned northwest of Springfield, where he farmed and taught school until 1984.
In 1982 he was recognized as the Outstanding SD Industrial Arts Instructor of the year. He loved learning and continued to take various postgraduate courses, seminars and workshops throughout his life.
Glen believed in the brotherhood of mankind and lived the principle of “live simply so others may simply live.” After a career of farming and teaching he served in missions: eight-and-a half years in Zaire, Africa followed by four-and-a half years at the Hopi Mission School in Kykotsmovi, Ariz.
Glen passed away peacefully at the North Central Heart Institute in Sioux Falls, S.D., surrounded by his wife, all of his children and many of his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Boese; and sister, Violet Boese Ruppelt.
He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis; five children, Theodore and wife Cindy Boese, Freeman, Thomas and wife Doreen Boese, Rockford, Ill., Dori Regier, Imperial, Neb., Vincent Boese, Springfield, and Steven and wife Jan Boese, Ottawa, Kan.; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family is planning a memorial service June 2, at 2 p.m. at the Friedensburg Bible Church, Avon.