May 27, 2022

Terry Boles

Grand River

Terry Lee Boles was born to Arlene (Franzenburg) Luze, on July 26, 1949, in Des Moines, Iowa. At three days old, Terry was adopted by his parents, Noel and Wilda (Burchett) Boles. He died at his rural Grand River, Iowa home on December 19, 2021, with his family at his side.

Terry attended country school through the 4th grade, then went to Murray Community School in Murray, Iowa, graduating in 1967. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in farm operation in 1971, from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. During his college years he enjoyed being amember of the ISU Marching Band.

On September 1, 1973, Terry and LeAnn Nichols were united in marriage. Three children blessed their union, Eric Lee, Misty Marie, and Shawna Rae.

Farming was Terry’s life, but he always made time for the kids and their sports along with his other activities. He has always been involved with community activities and served on several boards. He spent years playing fast pitch softball, slow pitch, and Jack and Jill. He was amember of the Tom Cat bowling league for 24 years, the Grand River Lions Club for 48 years, was the Clarke County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner for 20 plus years, and on the Grand River Community Center Board for 12 years. His greatest joy was keeping basketball score books, starting when his kids entered junior high and continued through the 2020-2021 season.

Terry was an avid conversationalist, he never knew a stranger and always had that infectious smile and contagious laugh. Whether traveling near or far, LeAnn would find him lagging behind conversing with anyone and everyone. As the road trips slowed, you could find Terry watching his favorite game shows, Gunsmoke, the Cyclones, and of course his beloved Yankees. Yes, he would talk to them, too.

Terry always knew he was adopted by loving parents and through Noel and Wilda became the positive, caring, fun loving person he was. In 2003, his brother Darold and Terry met for the first time and their relationship as brothers became as it should be with love. The Franzenburg family was a blessing that Terry truly cherished.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Noel and Wilda Boles and birth mother, Arlene Luze. Those he leaves to cherish his memories are his wife, LeAnn Boles; children, Eric Boles and companion, Charlee Marks of Grand River, Misty and Dan Jones of Van Meter, Iowa, and Shawna and LJ Kelley of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Brice, Gavin, and  Ella Jones, Jayden and Jaxson Kelley, and Anthony and Noah Marks; brother, Darold Luze and companion, Kate Murray of Bloomington, Minnesota; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held at the Grand River Community Center, Grand River, Iowa at 11a.m. Friday, January 7, 2022.  Burial in the Grand River Cemetery. Arrangements through the Slade –O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa.

A memorialfund established by the Family.