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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
Fax: 712-546-4710
James Bogenrief

James Arles Bogenrief

Sunday, August 29th, 1920 - Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
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James A. Bogenrief, 99, of Merrill, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars, Iowa. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February, 3, 2020 at Merrill Melbourne United Methodist Church, rural Merrill, Iowa. Rev. Kolleen Queener will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Floyd Valley Cemetery, rural Merrill, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present to greet friends from 2-4 p.m. with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Monday.

James Arles Bogenrief was born on August 29, 1920 in rural Merrill, Iowa, the son of Benjamin A. and Albena (Winter) Bogenrief. He attended school at Plymouth Township #1 and Merrill High School. He furthered his education at Western Union (Westmar) College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education. He later served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Westmar College.

He met his wife, Kay (Becker) during their concurrent time at college. They married in Le Mars, Iowa on September 19, 1942. During the same month and after one week of teaching Jim was drafted into the military. His military service was spent as an Army Bandsman at Ft. Bliss near El Paso, Texas and as a part of the U.S. occupation forces in the South Pacific. After discharge he returned to his farm near Merrill with his wife. During that first year back in Iowa he also attended several G.I. agricultural classes in night school in Le Mars. He became an active farmer with his father. During 1956, which was a very difficult year for farming, in order to save his farm, he took on additional responsibility to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture A.S.C.S. office in Le Mars. He retired from that job in 1976.

He was a lifelong member of the Merrill Melbourne E.U.B. (United Methodist) church for which he served as Trustee, Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Choir Director. He took great pride in his small church and was concerned about it to the very end of his life.

In the community he continued his love of music as a 62-year member of the Le Mars Municipal Band. Very seldom did he miss a musical event given in the Le Mars Community Schools and at his former college. Additionally, he served in several positions with the county Farm Bureau, Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. and was a Plymouth County Township Director. Jim and Kay enjoyed travel, both near and far, during their almost 75 years together. Their family learned quickly to expect and enjoy long car rides.

Grateful to have had Jim as their father is a son, Richard and his wife, Jill Bogenrief of Merrill, IA; a daughter, Kathy Moore and her husband, David of Le Mars, IA; a son, David and his wife, Margarete of Mauthausen, Austria; grandchildren, Lara (Shawn) Brant of Severna Park, MD, Abigail Bogenrief of Alexandria, VA, Ben (Mary Carmen Garcia) Bogenrief of Washington, DC and Erica Jimenez of Merrill, IA; great-grandchildren, Dana and Stephen Brant; nieces, Nanmarie (Mike) Kucher of Seattle, WA and Barb Goll of Ellensburg, WA; extended family, Gretchen Bogenrief of Alexandria, VA, Curtis and Karyn Brinkmeyer of Hubbard, IA and Roger and Theresa Boettcher of Prior Lake, MN.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a sister; and a brother.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Mauer Johnson Funeral Home
    780 12th Street SW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    The family will be present to greet friends from 2-4 p.m. with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Monday.
  • Service

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | 10:30am
    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 10:30am
    Merrill Melbourne United Methodist Church
    27987 JADE Ave
    HINTON, IA 51024
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    Rev. Kolleen Queener
  • Interment

    Floyd Valley Cemetery
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  • Reception

    Hinton United Methodist Church
    201 W. Grand Street
    HINTON, IA 51024
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Jerry Zinn

Posted at 10:08am
It has been my good fortune to be in contact with members of the Bogenrief family for many years most often in association with the Le Mars Community Band. From my earliest days of membership in that organization, I can remember that Jim was always there. The subtle message regarding the importance of performing in a civic music organization for many, many years was not lost on those of us privileged to play in the park with Jim and his family. I offer my sincere condolences, and I hope you receive some comfort from knowing what an inspiration Jim provided to countless numbers of Le Mars musicians.
Jerry Zinn

David bogenrief

Posted at 12:54am
dear Dad..thanks for all the care and many nice condolences here...thanks I told dozens at the knew Jesus....he is in heaven with Mom just doin all the music they praised with down here....may you all know Christ too...dont miss Gods free eternal offer thru His dads son david....I'm ready too...are you?

Jackie & RD Kelley

Posted at 08:59am
Many memories bring smiles to my heart! From riding ponies to pick cherries with Edie Van Evera at the Bogenrief farm, to the numerous church activities at Melbourne EUB/UMC, Christmas caroling, ice cream socials, choir, sharing time over the years. Most recently, visited at the farm when David was home and Jim was still living there. Always music 🎶! Thanks for the memories !



Posted at 03:24pm
I will always love and cherish the times we spent together, and-as ever-will remember your quiet presence as much as your quick, dry humor. Thanks JIM
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Judy Hawkins

Posted at 03:31pm
I have know the Bogenrief for many years. I worked at the ASCS with Jim in the early 60's.. I will never forget one special day at the office. I was in the bathroom and my diamond ring went down the drain. Jim came to my rescue and took it apart enough to get my ring back! Went to many activities at the Melbourne Church. My brother-law and sister-in law lived next to the Bogenrief's and also went to the Melbourne Church.. The Bogenrief's were a great Christian family Judy Hawkins LeMars, Ia

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