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Rev. Frank Boerema

Sioux Falls, SD: Rev. Frank Lynn Boerema, age 70, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Sunday, March 25th, Palm Sunday.

Frank was born at Sheldon, IA on March 3, 1948 to John and Harriet (Dill) Boerema. He graduated from Sheldon High School, Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, and from Dubuque Seminary in Dubuque, IA where he received his Master of Divinity. On August 13, 1970, Frank was united in marriage with Audrey Christopherson.

Frank’s life of service to the church and his selflessness were always evident in all he did. He had wonderful memories from the communities where he served as a pastor: Litchville and Marion, ND; Slayton, MN; Brookings, SD; Willmar, MN; and Dell Rapids, SD. His life of pastoral work spanned over 40 years. In the years that followed his retirement, he filled his time with volunteering and helping anywhere he saw a need. He was involved with the Center of Hope, the Phillips House, the Center for New Americans, the Washington Pavillion, Downtown Sioux Falls, and sang in the Sioux Falls Symphony Choir.

Frank collected a multitude of things. He collected people throughout his life, building a network of friends that spanned the world. He collected hobbies, fixing bikes for almost 40 years. He also collected coins, ribbons, tie clips, and cuff-links throughout his life. He loved to sit with friends and family and share the story behind each item. The joy he found wasn’t in the things, but in the opportunity to share their meanings with the people for whom he loved and cared.

Frank goes to join his wife, Audrey, who went ahead of him to prepare their eternal home the ‘right way’. He was also preceded in death by his father, John Boerema. Frank is survived by his favorite son Aaron (Jodi), Sioux Falls, SD; his favorite son Adam (Candace), Litchfield, MN; and his favorite son Andrew (Fernando), Minneapolis, MN. Also surviving him are his beautiful grandchildren: Alexander, Brady, Aubree, and Charles (Aaron & Jodi) and Owen, Margaret, and Gideon (Adam and Candace); mother, Harriet Preston of Hastings, NE; two sisters, Joyce Bond of Minnetonka, MN and Trudy (Albert) Meendering of Bella Vista, AR; and sister-in-law, Marlys (Don) Fawcett of Chester, SD.

There will be a visitation, with family present, on Wednesday, March 28th at Linwood Wesleyan Church in Sioux Falls from 5pm-7pm. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 29th, at 2pm, also at Linwood Wesleyan Church, followed by a time of refreshment and fellowship. A private family committal will precede the Celebration of Life Service. Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.

Visitation with the family

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ,Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Linwood Wesleyan Church
1101 E. 57th Street Sioux Falls, SD, Minnehaha 57108

Memorial Service

2:00 PM ,Thursday, March 29, 2018
Linwood Wesleyan Church
1101 E. 57th Street Sioux Falls, SD, Minnehaha 57108

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My condolences to all of you who loved Frank! Frank and I were at NW together and were each other's 'best man'. I enjoyed our many face-to-face and telephone visits. I will miss his cheerful and optimistic visits. Don

Don Huitink Apr 6 2018 12:00 AM

Laura Smith-Hill has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.

Laura Smith-Hill Mar 30 2018 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear about Franks passing. After 25 years of being gone from the state, we were able to reconnect with him on a regular basis in the South Dakota Symphony Chorus. We will miss him. Now he will be singing again with Audrey in the heavenly choir. Our sympathies to the family.

Mick and Mary Evanson Mar 29 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Boerema family; My thoughts and prayers are with you as you say good-by to your father and grandfather. He was a special person, always there to help when you needed it most. In high school we were always seated alphabetically and he always sat next to me in assembly and classes that we shared. Always had a smile on his face. I was able to visit with him and your mother at a wedding of a friend's daughter that we attended. It was good to get caught up on each other's lives at that time. Cherish the memories!

Kathy Boender Wieringa Mar 29 2018 12:00 AM

Prayers of comfort for your family. Always enjoyed running into Frank and Audrey when they lived in Brookings. They both had a gift of showing interest in others! May you enjoy the celebration of Frank's life! Prayers for your journey of remembering and grieving the loss of Frank.

Brenda L Johnson (Wade) Mar 28 2018 12:00 AM

As part of the Class of '66 in Sheldon, I would like to express my sympathy to Frank's family. I received such a nice letter from him when he was unable to attend our 50th class reunion. Such a gentle soul, may he rest in peace.

Jane (Pierce) Rowland Mar 26 2018 12:00 AM

Im going to miss Frank and his warm smile that told you that you were special. But well see him again!

Jeff & Jennifer Oakes Mar 26 2018 12:00 AM

I have many good memories of growing up in the same church as Frank and his family. That was the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. I also have fond memories of going to church camp at West Lake Okoboji where Big John was the sheriff (who tried to keep all the young teens in line) and Harriet was the camp nurse. My sympathy to the Boerema family.

Helen (Wissink) Schoon Mar 26 2018 12:00 AM