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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Bernard De Boer

Bernard Louis "Bernie" De Boer

Saturday, October 14th, 1922 - Saturday, September 5th, 2020
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Bernard Louis “Bernie” De Boer, 97, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Accura Healthcare in Le Mars. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. Rev. Chris Meier of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home. The family will be present to greet friends from 5-7 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Bernard Louis De Boer was born on October 14, 1922 on the family farm near Doon, Iowa to Gossom and Henrietta “Hattie” (Scholten) De Boer. He attended country school and later graduated from Hull High School at age 16. Bernie furthered his education at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and then transferred to Iowa State University. He participated in the ROTC program and was a member of the Synchronized Horse Team. They performed acrobatics on the backs of horses and were invited to perform at Madison Square Gardens in New York.

On October 22, 1941, Bernie and Dorothea Alberta Rosina Zenk were united in marriage. Prior to World War II, Bernie drove gravel trucks to munitions centers in West Burlington, Iowa. They lived briefly in Prairie Du Chein, Wisconsin and Kansas before Bernie was drafted into the U.S. Navy. He taught radar and sonar during WWII. Dorothea later joined him in Chicago while Bernie taught at Navy Pier. After the war, they moved to Le Mars. Bernie opened A&B Appliance. He graduated from Westmar College with majors in Science and Math. He also studied at Texas A&M, Kansas State and Highlands University here he received Masters’ Degrees in Physics, Science and Math. He used his degrees to teach at Woodbury Central High School and then at Westmar College.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Bernie was an avid Radio Controlled airplane flyer. He flew for years with the Golden Kernels Show Team and owned and operated Hobby Haven in Le Mars that specialized in airplanes and model trains.

Grateful to have shared his life are two daughters, Bernette “Bernie” Clark and her husband Dennis of Westcliffe , CO and Donna Jester and her husband, Steve of Le Mars, IA; a son, Jim De Boer and his wife Peggy of Sioux Falls , SD; 6 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 7 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothea on September 13, 2017; a son, Jerry De Boer and his wife, Sally; an infant granddaughter, Krista Marie De Boer; and his brothers and sisters.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    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 5-7 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.
  • Service

    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 10:30am
    Mauer Johnson Funeral Home
    780 12th Street SW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    Rev. Chris Meier
  • Interment

    Memorial Cemetery
    1000 3rd Street SE
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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  • Reception

    Mauer Johnson Funeral Home
    780 12th Street SW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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Rob Gotto

Posted at 05:39pm
Bernie was my HS Math and Science teacher at Woodbury Central years ago. He always had a knack for making those classes fun by sharing stories and his passion for RC planes. Not too many years ago, (maybe 15 or so) when I was managing Landsmeer Ridge Retirement in Orange City I reached out and he was more than willing to share that passion with the residents there. I also remember a Physics class that he jokingly told us to not come back and to take tomorrow off, so we hid in the locker room the next day at the beginning of class. He forgot the joke and needless to say, that did not work out for us with the Principal, but Bernie thought it hilarious! Rest in peace Bernie.
Rob Gotto, Administrator for Good Samaritan Le Mars.

loren pageler

Posted at 03:13pm
sorry to hear about your loss

Ken Plueger

Posted at 02:38pm
My thoughts and prayers are with Bernie's family. Bernie taught me to fly radio controlled planes in 1989. He also taught hundreds to fly. So all I can say is "Fly High Bernie my friend. You will be missed. Ken Plueger

Marv Bosch

Posted at 01:38pm
We had so much fun flying RC planes and performing with the Golden Kernals. Bernie's contribution to the lives of others was constant and extended to many. The world is a better place because he was here.

Linda Meseck Lewis

Posted at 07:11pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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