Howard Wesley Boles, Sr.

March 25, 1927June 8, 2013

Howard Wesley Boles, Sr. Des Moines

Howard Wesley Boles, Sr., 86, passed away at Taylor House Hospice on June 8, 2013 in Des Moines, IA. There will be no funeral, but a memorial celebration of life, Saturday, June 29, 2013. His cremated remains will be laid to rest at Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery.

Howard was born in LaSalle Peru, IL and graduated from LaSalle Peru High School. During the summer he worked with his father on the Illinois Central Railroad as a fireman. After high school, Howard joined the U.S. Army and served as a military policeman in Germany. Following the service, he played pro baseball in the U.S. and South America. Howard’s favorite team to play for was the 1947 Clinton Cubs. In 1948, he married Lucille Jane Larson who preceded him in death. Howard was employed by Alcoa Aluminum for nine years and owned his own businesses in Davenport and Florida before his retirement. He was an avid sports man and a great family man.

Howard is survived by his wife, Sandra Boles of Des Moines; sons, Howard Jr. of NY and David of FL and grandchildren, Cassie of Washington D.C. and Charles of CA.


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Lucille Bartlett

June 16, 2013

We will think of the many conversations had with you. Will miss seeing you on our walks here at Fort Des Moines Senior Housing. Wendell and I Lucy pass spots and think of you setting there reading the paper or just looking outside to see the view. Sandy miss seeing you also hoping you will be able to stay here. With love from us both.

Cindy Gibson

June 16, 2013

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Suzy Hartung

June 15, 2013

My sincerest sympathies to Sandy Boles and family and friends of Howard Boles. We at the Edgewater on Third senior residence were so sorry to learn of his passing. Howard and Sandy were such valued members of our residential community, and we miss them. Sandy, please know that you and your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Suzy Hartung, Edgewater resident