September 3, 2013


Joseph Michael Boes, 54, of Fontanelle, Iowa, and a native of Carroll, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at his home.

Mass of the Resurrection was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at St. John Catholic Church in Greenfield with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. Father Ken Gross officiated the service. Online condolences may be left to the family at The Steen Funeral Home of Greenfield was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Michael Boes was born May 25, 1959, in Carroll, Iowa, a son of Cyril and Elsie (Sanders) Boes. Joseph grew up in Carroll until 1970, when the family moved to Fontanelle, He graduated from Bridgewater-Fontanelle High School in 1978. He was a carpenter, operating his own business, building farm and utility buildings for several years in the area. His work was meticulous. Joe's hobbies included fishing, hunting, playing cards and watching car races (especially drag races). After his health failed, Joe enjoyed skyping with his family on his computer.

He is survived by his mother, Elsie Boes of Fontanelle; brothers and sisters, Glen Boes and wife Marsha of Escondido, Calif., Carol Ricke and husband Larry of Parkersburg, Leroy Boes and wife Dee of Carroll, Allen Boes and wife Barb of Clive, Lynette Feld of Carroll, Steve Boes and wife Helen of Winfield, Ill., Jim Boes and wife Lynn of Adel, Barb Merryman and husband Neil of Urbandale, Jack Boes and wife Becky of Fontanelle, Mary Downing and husband Rick of Denver, Colo., and Lisa Sullivan and husband Todd of Broken Arrow, Okla.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cyril Boes; his grandparents, John and Elisabeth Sanders and Joe and Appolonia Boes; and brother-in-law, Dean Feld.