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James Boellstorff

January 27, 1932 — April 8, 2020

James Boellstorff

James Cyrus Boellstorff passed away peacefully on April 8, 2020 in Bryan, Texas.

Born January 27, 1932 to Charles and Ruth Boellstorff of Johnson, Nebraska, he was the oldest of five children.

He graduated from Brock High School in 1950 and served eight years in the Nebraska Naval Air Reserve while farming with his father.

He married Marie Kramer on August 10, 1957 and they had three daughters. Jim was a member of Charter Oak Christian Church where he served as deacon. Jim also served on the Nemaha Valley School Board and was active with the Masonic Lodge.

After farming for twenty years, he attended the University of Nebraska and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1975. The family then moved to Marshalltown, Iowa where he worked for Fisher Controls until his retirement. Jim and Marie stayed in Marshalltown and hosted many family gatherings before moving to College Station, Texas in 2014.

Jim had a lifelong interest in radios and was a ham radio operator for more than 60 years. He was a collector and restorer of antique radios and made many road trips to swap meets and estate sales. He shared his love of animals and nature with his daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren.

Jim will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of 62 years, Marie Boellstorff; brothers Daniel and John; brothers-in-law Arnold Kramer and David Napier; sisters-in-law Wilma Nelson, Rhonda Kramer and Kay Sewell; daughters Diane (Miguel Mora) Boellstorff, Margaret (Rick) Carter, Ann (Donald) Boellstorff-Williams; grandchildren Ellis, James, Elena, Matthew, David, and Nathan, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruth (Richardson) Boellstorff, sister Fran Napier, brother Douglas, brothers-in-law Norman and Werner Kramer and Vaughn Nelson, and sisters-in-law Bette (Klaasmeyer) Boellstorff, Marjorie (Deckert) Kramer and Betty (Kissler) Kramer.

Services will be planned as Covid-19 concerns subside. The family gratefully declines flowers and donations, but prayers, condolences, and memories are gladly accepted on the Tribute Wall Tab at the top of this page.

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