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Jimmy Boeckman, age 83

Posted: 16 January, 2013

Jimmy Boeckman, age 83, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at his home in Yankton. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church in Wynot, Nebraska with Reverend Don Shane and Reverend Eric Olsen officiating.  Burial will be in the

Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wynot.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 on Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM.  Visitation will resume one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday.
Pallbearers are Jimmy's nephews: Darrel Peitz, Tom Peitz, Chuck Boeckman, Mick Boeckman, Don Boeckman, and Loren Boeckman. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jimmy Boeckman was born July 19, 1929, west of St. Helena, Nebraska to Fred and Rose (Hesse) Boeckman. He grew on the Boeckman homestead, and attended Sunny Side district #57 school in rural St. Helena through the 8th grade. Jimmy then started his career raising cattle, breaking horses, and farming. He married Sally Schulte on June 27, 1951 in Bow Valley, Nebraska, and to this union nine children were born: Barb, Bob, Randy, Rod, Deb, Barry, Cheryl, Cliff, and Marilyn. Jimmy spent most of his life in the St. Helena area and was well known for his expertise and passion for horses and livestock. He married Joyce Doering on November 21, 1979 in Madison, Nebraska. Jimmy owned and operated Missouri Valley Livestock in South Yankton and was a Livestock Order Buyer for many years. Jimmy retired from farming and moved to Yankton, South Dakota in 1999.

Jimmy's work with horses was a lifelong passion. He loved breaking horses and making harnesses and tack in his shop at the homestead. He also farmed for several years using Draft horses he was breaking. Other hobbies included hunting, raising watermelons, restoring horse drawn equipment and playing Euchre with friends and family.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Joyce Boeckman of Yankton; nine children: Barb and Gary Strivens of Wausa, Nebraska; Bob and Roxann Boeckman of Norfolk, Nebraska; Randy Boeckman of Humphrey, Nebraska; Rod and Lesa Boeckman of St. Helena, Nebraska; Deb and Tom O'brien of Henderson, Nevada; Barry and Jan Boeckman of Yankton; Cheryl Boeckman of Chandler, Arizona; Cliff Boeckman of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Marilyn Boeckman Hull and Roy Hull of Yankton; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother, Jerome Boeckman of Wynot; sister, Sylvia Peitz of Hartington, Nebraska; two step-sons: Jeff and Carmen Doering of Yankton and Ron and Jamie Doering of Tucson, Arizona; and six step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Rudy and Ralph; and step-son, Jim Doering.

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Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
2901 Douglas Avenue
Yankton, South Dakota  57078

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