Albert Boeve, 97, Luverne, died Saturday, April 3, 2021, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.
A funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial with military honors follows at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. Per MN executive order, masks are required and social distancing will be observed.
Albert Boeve was born on the family farm north of Hull, Iowa, on March 30, 1924, to Henry and Ella (Bos) Boeve. He was the fourth of fifteen children. He attended country school through the eighth grade and then worked for area farmers.
Albert was drafted into the United States Army in February 1945. After basic training, he was sent to the Pacific war zone and served his time guarding the ruins of Hiroshima. Later he volunteered to be a military police officer in Tokyo, Japan, and stood guard at the war crime trials. He was honorably discharged as a corporal in December of 1946.
Albert married Cynthia Intveld on Feb. 14, 1947. They made their first home on a farm near Sheldon, Iowa. In March of 1948 they moved to a farm south of Luverne. In 1981, after 34 years on the farm, they moved to Luverne, but Albert continued farming for several more years. Cynthia preceded Albert in death on Nov. 13, 2010.
Albert was a charter member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne in 1955. He served as a deacon on the first consistory and was also a Sunday school superintendent and a member of the men’s brotherhood. In his young years, he played fast-pitch softball. Albert enjoyed going to the sale barn and having daily coffee with friends in his free time.
Albert is survived by his three children, Allen (Elaine) Boeve of Steen, Randall (Becky) Boeve of Slayton, and Myron (Shirley) Boeve of Luverne; seven grandchildren, Lynette (Paul) Schultz, Craig (Nancy) Boeve, Heather (Jim) Hoekman, Melanie (Ross) Behrends, Matthew (Dana) Boeve, Melissa (Nate) Buckland, and Brittany (Cody) Neumiller; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers Arthur Boeve of Hills and C. James Boeve (fiancee Janice Lustfield) of Beaver Creek; sisters Doreen (Arnold) Hulshuf of Sioux Center, Iowa, Eleanor Warntjes of Hull, Iowa, and Helen Overman of Rock Rapids, Iowa; brother-in-law Bill Ostra of Winnconne, Wisconsin; and sisters-in-law Joan Boeve of Hills, Lois (Roger) Baatz of Rock Rapids and Arlene Traber of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Boeve; his parents; brothers Henry C. (Joanna and Darlene) Boeve, Case (Elizabeth) Boeve, Donald Boeve, Everett Boeve, Merlin Boeve, Gary Boeve, and Ervin (Sara) Boeve; sisters Gertrude (Gilbert) Leusink and Lois Ostra; brothers-in-law John Warntjes and Tunis Overman; and sisters-in-law Henrietta Boeve and Sharon Boeve.
Memorials are preferred to the American Reformed Church in Luverne or Sanford Luverne Hospice.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com