Boeken services

Funeral services for Dr. Floyd A. Boeken, 86, Iola, whose death Friday, July 3, 2009, was reported in Friday’s Register, were this afternoon at Highland Cemetery. Dr. Michael Quinn officiated.
Memorials to First Baptist Church or Allen County Healthcare Foundation (Hospice) may be left at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapels, which is in charge of arrangements.
Boeken was born March 8, 1923, in Moran, the son of John Arthur and Zelma (Beaman) Boeken. He attended Golden Valley, Prairie Hall and Fairview grade schools and was graduated from LaHarpe High School in 1942.
World War II had begun and he wanted to enlist in pilot training after he graduated from high school but was turned away. He enrolled in photography school in Topeka and when drafted in February 1943 his photography background led him to photography with the U.S. Army Air Corps. On Jan. 4, 1944, he married Gladys M. Fronk and in March he went overseas. Boeken was in the 9th Air Force, 10th Photo Reconnaisance Group, 34th Squadron. He served in the European Theater in England, France and Germany. He was awarded five campaign stars, two Presidential citations and a bronze star.
Following his honorable discharge, Boeken returned to the Iola area and attended Iola Junior College where he played football. He continued his education at the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine and received his doctorate. He was in private practice at his clinic in Gas from 1952 until 1970. From 1970 until he retired in 1988, he was a federal veterinarian doing inspections at meat and poultry plants.
His wife, Gladys, preceded him in death on May 15, 1989. On March 3, 1991, he married Alice (Grimes) Hobbs and they made their home in Iola.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Iola, the Iola American Legion, LaHarpe Veterans of Foreign Wars, Experimental Aircraft Association and American Veterinary Medicine Association.
He enjoyed rebuilding warbirds, PT-19, scale model cars and aircraft, woodworking, motorcycling, boating, RV-ing and flying.
His wife Alice survives, as do two sons, Chris and his wife, Kim, St. Joseph, Mo., and Dennis Clark, Iola; three daughters Michele Bodemann and her husband, Steve, and Jonette Crane and her husband, Jerry, all of Hot Springs, Ark., and Deborah Smith and her husband, Mark, Haven; a sister, Wilma Morrison, Lone Elm; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Brad and Griff, and a brother, Wilbur.
Cremation has taken place.
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