OBITUARY

Honey Lou Boyum

May 14, 1927November 18, 2021
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Honey Lou (Christiansen) Boyum left us on November 18, 2021 to sing with the big bands in heaven. She was 94 years old. Honey Lou was the youngest of 8 children born to her Danish immigrant parents. The family settled in Omaha where she graduated from Omaha North High School in 1945. After graduating, she went to work at Carmen’s Department Store near the Orpheum Theatre and, at the end of the work week, would buy a ticket to see the big bands and singers perform live on stage.

Around that time, a young man returned from his service in WWII and moved into the neighborhood. One day, he caught a monarch butterfly and walked over to give it to the pretty girl across the street. His name was Forest and, in 1948, he and Honey Lou were married. The couple eventually settled in Lincoln to raise their 2 daughters and to start their business, Forest’s Furnace and Air Conditioning, which they operated together until Forest’s retirement in 1997.

Honey Lou’s joys in life were her family, her house (which she stubbornly refused to leave for 55 years), visits from her nieces, nephews and neighbors, the birds in her backyard, and the stray cats who, over the years, showed up on her doorstep somehow knowing that she would love them, too. Her favorite “room” in the house was the front porch and, if you Google Map the house address, you’ll see her sitting on it, enjoying the sun on a lovely spring day.

Although she was a wonderful wife, mother, business partner and pie baker extraordinaire, anyone who heard her sing knew that Honey Lou had perhaps missed her calling. Her love of music was evident in the extensive collection of recordings that she listened to up to the day she left us. And, if you were there, you may have seen her sitting front and center at the Michael Bublé and Tony Bennett concerts.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Forest, and all of her seven siblings. She will be sorely missed by her daughters and sons-in-law Kristine (Jim) Palmer, Julie (Kurt) Peterson, step son Dick (Sandra) Boyum, sister-in-law Virginia Christiansen, and many nieces and nephews including Jim and Jo Stork, Sharon McGuire, Janice Orr, David, Tom and Chris Christiansen and Stacy Mainelli.

Her daughters will be forever grateful for the loving care given to Honey Lou by the staff at Windcrest, Tabitha Home Health and Visiting Angels.

Contributions in her honor may be made to Capitol Humane Society, Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jim Stork, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 29, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, November 29, 2021

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Kiley Shuler

November 28, 2021

We never actually got to meet Honey Lou, but we feel so thankful and honored to have gotten to buy her home and fill it with more love and the shrilling laughter of a new generation of (3) little girls. We’ve appreciated Julie sharing many memories with us over the past couple of years. We also didn’t realize how honored we were to live in the house of a local celebrity until we had our HVAC system inspected. Forest truly was a legend (we were even told by one that they were jealous we got to live in the Boyum house)! ;)

We are so sorry for your loss yet equally happy for the surviving family to have been blessed to know someone who truly seems to have left the world in a better place than they found it.

Richard (Dick) Boyum

November 24, 2021

On our visits to Lincoln from our home in Los Angeles, no matter how early I got up, coffee was ready and bacon was frying.

I remember all of the critters showing up in the backyard being fed, every evening, including racoons, possums, cats & birds.

I remember Honey sitting in the living room listening to her big band music.

Gwen (Boyum) Woloshun

November 23, 2021

One of six Boyum aunts, she was the most beautiful. I remember in the midst of all the Boyum's she was able to deal with it. I know how happy Uncle Forest was with his beautiful wife. And how much she loved her children. It was a blessing to have her in our family.

Joan Johnson

November 22, 2021

As a former neighbor I will never forget how kind Honey Lou was to all the children in the neighborhood. No matter what they were selling or how many of these kids came calling at her door she made sure she bought what ever they were selling from each and every one of them. And if you lived on Pacific Drive and had a problem with your furnace or air conditioner your call went to the top of the list with Forest and Honey Lou. Wonderful, caring people and the best of neighbors!
Joan Johnson

Claire Gabel

November 22, 2021

I remember my beautiful aunt who wore flowered dresses when visiting in Lanesboro, MN. May she sing among the angels!
-Elsie's daughter Claire Ann.

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