SIOUX CENTER—Edwin Boote, age 88, of Sioux Center, Iowa, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center.

A visitation with the family present will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 12, at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.

A family prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Memorial Funeral Home.

Interment will follow the prayer service in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Reformed Church, with the Rev. Stephen Breen officiating.

In lieu of flowers the Boote family prefers memorials be directed to Words of Hope.

Edwin Boote was born on Aug. 18, 1933, to John W. and Lydia (Beyer) Boote, the youngest of seven. He attended country school, Hull High School ’50 and Northwestern Junior College Class of ’52. He served in the Army from August 1954-July 1956. On April 9, 1957, he married Harriet Moss and they made their home near Hull until heading to Ames to attend veterinary school.

After graduating from Iowa State University in May of 1963 he returned to his hometown to practice there. In the summer of 1972, the family moved to Sioux Center to work with the veterinarians at the Sioux Center Vet Clinic and later the Northwest Veterinary Associates. Upon semi-retirement he worked in association with Mix-Rite and later established Agri-Edge. He assisted at the sale barn until age 80.

He served on the Hull Public school board while living in Hull and served on the Northwestern College Board of Trustees for a number of years and remained an avid supporter of that institution.

His church membership began at Hull First Reformed and later to Sioux Center First Reformed. His love of music was shown in singing in men’s quartets in high school, college and with his brothers. He also was active in the numerous choirs of both churches.

Much of his retirement years were spent happily creating woodworking projects as gifts for others.

Mourning his passing are Harriet, his wife of 64 years; two daughters, Lila and Michael Nash of Chattanooga, TN, and Denice Boote of Sioux Center; grandchildren, Chris and Emily Hawkins, Ed and Erin Terwilliger, Kelli Hawkins; two great-grandchildren, Odyn and Jayde; three sisters-in-law, Carol Boote of Holland, MI, Vine and Arlin Van Roekel of West Des Moines, IA, and Edna and David Mast of Colorado Springs CO; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and their husbands, Christina and William Rens, Elsie and John Koele; four brothers and their wives, Herman and Grace Boote, John H. and Hermina Boote, Clarence Boote, and Donald and Marilynn Boote.

In lieu of flowers a memorial may be designated for Words of Hope.