Duane Boyum, 88, former Mabel businessman
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:07 AM
Duane “Dewey” Thompson Boyum, 88, of Kasson, formerly of Mabel, died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at St. Anne’s Extended Care Facility in Winona.
He was born Nov. 17, 1925, in Lanesboro to Anne and Andrew O. Boyum. He was the youngest of 13 children. He attended school in Lanesboro and was active in basketball and played the trumpet.
He married his high school sweetheart, Eilene Quarstad, on Dec. 4, 1943, in Minneapolis. They were happily married for 67 years.
He served with the Merchant Marines during World War II. After the war, he returned to Minnesota and moved his growing family to Winona where he had a delivery route for Sunbeam Bakery, eventually becoming supervisor. During that time he was an active member of Central Lutheran Church in Winona and was on several bowling teams.
He and his wife eventually purchased an IGA grocery store in Mabel, where he established a successful, long-running business. He and his wife retired from the grocery business in 1990. He was an active member of Mabel First Lutheran Church and enjoyed morning coffee with the local businessmen.
He relished time spent boating and waterskiing on the Mississippi River with his family. He loved traveling with his wife, attending IGA conferences in sunny climates, and spending time in Florida. In retirement, they established a winter home in Fort Myers, Fla., and moved their summer home to Kasson.
He is survived by four daughters, Kathy Cook of Berthoud, Colo., Ann Beisanz of Burnsville, Susan (Dr. Randy) Snell of Lewiston and Jill (Steve) Hennes of Centerville; 12 grandchildren, Joshua (Heidi) Cook, Dr. Benjamin (Megan) Snell, Emily (Dr. Paul) Block, Zachary Beisanz, Esq., Bradley (Kelly) Simon, Esq, and Rebecca (Damian) Simon, Jay (Nanami) Hennes, Jesse (Abby) Hennes, Kelsey (David) Schreiner, Kim (Scot) Lucht, Kerry (Tom) Lovlien and Chris Cook; nine great-grandchildren, Lauren and Julian Snell, Isaiah and Elsa Block, Nicholas (Jill) Schrandt and children, Nathan (Amy) Schrandt, Marnie and Joseph Lovlien and Kasey Cook; and his sister, Vernelle Merrick.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eilene; 11 brothers and sisters; a son-in-law, Roy Cook; and granddaughter, Erin Hennes.
A memorial service was held at Central Lutheran Church in Winona on Saturday, July 19, with the Rev. Wade Davick officiating. Military honors were performed by the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post #9.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice.
Hoff Celebration of Life Center – Goodview assisted the family with arrangements.