Francis Boeding – Hopkinton

Francis Boeding age 87, died Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Good Neighbor Home, Manchester.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 Friday, May 11, 2018 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Hopkinton with interment in the Hopkinton Cemetery.   Fr. Paul Baldwin will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 Thursday at the church where a parish Vigil Service will begin at 4.  Visitation will resume at 9:30 Friday until service time.  Thoughts, Memories and Condolences may be left at

He is survived by his wife, Lois, 9 children, Mary Ann Blanchard, Hopkinton, Doris (Dick) Cambridge, Cedar Rapids, Dan (Karen) Boeding, Cedar Rapids, Dennis (Carolyn) Boeding, Anamosa, Susan (Gerald) Beitz, Monticello, Lori (Darrell) Reyner, Monticello, Don (Kathy) Boeding, Dundee, Vic (Leann) Boeding, Manchester, Cheri (Mitch) Orcutt, Delhi,    a son-in-law , Dick Milroy, Monticello, a daughter-in-law,  Patricia Boeding, Hopkinton, 30 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 3, great-great-grandchildren & five siblings.  He was preceded in death by a son, David and a daughter, Joyce Milroy, 3 grandchildren,  2  son-in-law’s, Gerald and Tom and 6 siblings.

Francis Eugene Boeding was born November 29, 1930 at St. Lucas, Iowa.  He was the son of Henry and Alvira Naber, Boeding.  He received his education in rural Petersburg.  Francis married Lois Kirby on November 28, 1950 at Immaculate Conception Church, Masonville, Iowa.   Francis worked as a farm hand and also at Rath Packing Company in Waterloo.   In 1951 the couple moved to Hopkinton, Francis then worked at Wilson Foods in Cedar Rapids for 27 years.   Francis and Lois operated a Day Care for many children.  He also raised chickens, dairy cows and huge vegetable gardens.  He also drove a grain truck for Siddell Trucking.  He was a giving man that enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, working and helping others.