Clifford Boom

Clifford J. Boom, 70, Beaver Creek, Minnesota, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage in Luverne.

Funeral service was Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial with military honors was at the Beaver Creek Cemetery.

Clifford James Boom was born on Feb. 9, 1948, to Louis and Anna Marie (Bouwman) Boom in Rock Rapids, Iowa. He grew up on the family farm near Lester, Iowa, and graduated from West Lyon Community School in 1966.

On Feb. 21, 1968, he was drafted into the United States Army and served at Fort Lewis in Washington and Fort Hauchuca in Arizona before being sent to Vietnam on July 4, 1968. He was honorably discharged from service on Sept. 10, 1969.

On Jan. 1, 1970, Cliff moved near Beaver Creek where he started farming. On Oct. 27, 1972, Cliff was united in marriage to Carrie Van Maanen. The sold their farm on Jan. 1, 1973, and moved into Beaver Creek where Cliff worked for the Beaver Creek Coop Elevator until Sept. 1, 1974, when he then enrolled into the Agricultural Banking program at Pipestone Technical College in Pipestone, Minnesota.

On July 1, 1976, he graduated from school and on Aug. 24, 1976, the family moved to Slayton where Cliff began his employment with the Production Credit Association. On Nov. 1, 1978, they moved to Luverne where he began working for the U.S. Bank System which became First Farmers and Merchants National Bank.

On Aug. 1, 1985, the family returned to Beaver Creek where Cliff continued to work for First Farmers and Merchants National Bank for 39 years.

He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma on Feb. 13, 2017, and he retired on Aug. 1, 2017.

Cliff was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver Creek. He served on the Rock County Fair Board, Beaver Creek Sportsman Club, Luverne Optimist Club, and was one of the original members of the Beaver Creek Recreational Club. He also held the office of mayor of Beaver Creek, and served on the Beaver Creek City Council. He was a lifetime member of the Luverne VFW Post 2757 and the Dell Hogan Luverne American Legion Post 123. Cliff enjoyed his grandchildren, golfing, fishing, hunting, and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.

He is survived three children, Randy (Brenda) Van Maanen of Hills; Rhonda Meester of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Ranae (Jason) Johnson of Luverne; six grandchildren, Jared Van Maanen, Hills, Justin (Amanda) Van Maanen, Hills, Dalton and Ashton Meester, Sioux Falls, and Chase and Sydne Johnson, Luverne; four great-grandchildren; special friend, Cheryl Edstrom, Luverne; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Chris (Carol) Boom of Larchwood, Iowa; a sister, Judy (Wayne) Cope of Ankeny, Iowa; a brother-in-law, James Van Maanen of Beaver Creek; and six nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Carrie Boom; his parents, Louis and Anna Boom; and his parents-in-law, Albert and Fannie (Reurink) Van Maanen.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

 

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