Rock Rapids, IA: Daniel Lee Boon, 69, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Memorial services will be held at 10:00AM, Saturday, October 10, at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley with Pastor Peter Kolb officiating. Masks are required at the service. The service will be live-streamed at https://www.porterfuneralhomes.com/obituary/Daniel-Boon. Burial of cremated remains will follow at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley. Public visitation, with no family present, will be held Friday, October 9, at Porter Funeral Home from 12:00PM–7:00PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in celebration of Daniel’s life to the town of Alvord for the annual community 4th of July fireworks display (another one of Daniel’s favorites) at Alvord Fire and Rescue, PO Box 117, Alvord, IA 51230 (be sure to indicate that your donation is for the fireworks display) or to the Sanford Health Foundation, PO Box 5039, Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5039.
Daniel Lee Boon, 69, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from complications caused by COVID-19. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, a loyal friend, and an avid collector. Daniel lived each day of his life just as he wished: with people he loved and doing things that gave him joy and satisfaction. There was joy present in his life in the smiles and hugs of his grandkids, in the pride he took in his three children and their lives, and in the comfort and love he felt for his wife of 48 years, Marlene (Hassebroek) Boon. He relished routine, which for him included living in the same farmhouse for his whole life and embracing the history of hard work, including milking cows for 32 years while raising a family. Routine in the last twenty years also meant getting breakfast at McDonalds where the staff would see him pull in the parking lot and have his order ready on a tray by the time he walked in the door.
Local car afficionados and friends knew him for his classic cars, especially his pride for his 1957 Chevy police cruiser that he carefully restored, and which garnered him many car show trophies. Daniel Boon Salvage, which Daniel ran out of the grove on the family farm for 45 years, allowed classic car owners from all over the US to obtain those scarce car parts needed for restoration projects. People in thrift stores, toy stores and swap meets throughout the Midwest knew Daniel for his passion for toys. He was lucky to have never lost the feeling of unrestrained delight of finding a special toy, especially if only he knew why it was special. Each of his grandkids benefited from that delight for toys, but they never could beat him in his favorite video game—being the best at Subway Surfers was a distinct badge of honor.
Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Cornelia Boon Sr.; 4 brothers, Donald Boon, David Boon, Cornelius Boon and Arie Boon; sister, Bernice Rozeboom; and his infant daughter, Kendra. He is survived by his wife, Marlene; his children Terrance (Joy), Adam (Rachel) and Kylah (Kevin) Barnes; his grandchildren Taylor (16), Ella (14), Addison (14) and Carlin (11); and his brothers, Peter (Darla) Boon and Isaac (Elnora) Boon Jr.; brother-in-law, Garen Rozeboom; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Boon and Cornelia (Ed) Brown; and several nieces and nephews.