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Obituary for Melvin A. Boysen
Melvin Anton Boysen passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at his home in Danbury surrounded by his loving family at the age of 83 years, 11 months, 6 days, after a battle with lung cancer. The funeral Mass is Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury with Rev. Dan Greving officiating. Burial will be in the Danbury Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, March 10 after 3:00 p.m. with the Rosary at 3:30 p.m. and the Vigil Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. all at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com. Melvin, "Fritz", Anton Boysen was born on March 31, 1930, at Danbury, Iowa to U. Anton "Tony" Boysen and Bertha M. (Langschwager) Boysen. He was the third of three children and attended Union Grove #3 School from First Grade through Fifth Grade. He then attended Tower Hill School from Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade. Upon finishing his eighth grade education he worked with his dad, Tony Boysen, on the family farm until 1952. He married Alice Marie Wieling on Tuesday, February 6, 1951, in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury, officiated by Rev. Raymond Wieling, the bride's brother. From this union they had ten children. In June of 1952, he purchased a farm on Dutch Hollow, north of Danbury and raised his family there until September 1960 when they moved to the farm where he was born and raised. During most of his farming career, he also milked cows consisting mostly of Holsteins. In July of 1998, he retired and he and Alice moved to town. He worked 16 years at the fertilizer plants in Danbury and Battle Creek. He also worked several years for his son-in-law, Kevin Simmons at Kent Feeds in Mapleton. He loved playing cards and visiting with his family and grandkids. During his retirement years he helped in making thousands of rosaries that were sent to the missions. Next to his family, the most important thing in his life was his Catholic Faith, his family and his devotion to the Rosary and the Holy Souls of Purgatory. He is survived by Alice, his wife of 63 years; his children, Jean Casteel of Gretna, Nebraska, Bill Boysen Hay Springs, Nebraska, Bob Boysen, Hawley, Texas, Pat (Tom) Knutson, St. Paul, Nebraska, Shirley Boysen, Danbury, Linda (Kevin) Simmons, Mapleton, Dick Boysen, Danbury, Babe (Jerry) McBride, Danbury, Tony (Mary) Boysen, Ida Grove, and Ken (Kim) Boysen, Danbury, Iowa; 36 grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Meier, Danbury. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Bertha Boysen; a grandson, Michael McBride; a sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and Al Reimer; a brother-in-law, Phil Meier; two nieces, Arlene Reimer, Marilyn Boyle; and a nephew, Duane Meier.