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Cleon Boomer

Cleon Boomer
Cleon Boomer
- February 14, 2018

Cleon Boomer, age 86, of Interior, South Dakota, died on Friday, February 9, at the Bennett County Hospital in Martin.

A visitation will be held from 5-6 p.m. with an evening prayer and communion service at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 19, at St. Katharine’s Episcopal Church in Martin.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, at the New Legion in Martin.

Interment with military honors will be at the Martin Community Cemetery.

Cleon Hawley Boomer was born to George Hawley and Minnie (Thomsen) Boomer on September 26, 1931 in Valentine, NE. He and his older sister, Hope Caroline, grew up south of the Headlee Ranch and west of Hisle near Snake Butte. He was baptized by a circuit Methodist preacher at Potato Creek in August 1943. Cleon stayed with Dorothy Porch in Kadoka to attend school his 8th grade through freshman year of high school. He transferred to Bennett County to graduate high school in 1949. Cleon was musical and played in high school and local bands. He made many life-long friends from his high school days and happily attended his 60th high school class reunion in Spearfish, SD in 2009.

Cleon joined the Army in October 1952 during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in July 1954 at the rank of Corporal. Cleon returned to the ranch and continued to make a life there.

The Glen Shorb family lived by the Headlee Ranch until they moved to Hermosa. They were special friends of the Boomers and Cleon, and later on his family, spent many fun times with Dallas and Cliff Shorb and their families.

Cleon married Fern Coats on October 3, 1960 in Ft. Pierre, SD, in a double ceremony with Raymond and Joan Greenough. Cleon gained an immediate family with McKinley Len (Kenny), Michelle Kay (Shelly), and Bimbo. Cleon and Fern quickly added three more children to their litter, Scott Hawley, Holly Rae, and Kelly Wade. All six children provided constant entertainment and pride for their parents. Cleon and Fern joined St. Katharine's Episcopal Church in Martin and raised their children in that faith. He also served as a Director on the Lacreek REA Board for twenty-five years.

Cleon and Fern have fourteen grandchildren ranging in age of 40 years young to 1 year old: Mandi Sioux, Jason Allen, Seth Albert, Justin Len, Fern Nicole, Brittany Dawn, Summer Dawn, Thunder Cole Cleon, Shane Harold, Emersyn Hawley, Dyson, Chayson, Tyan, and Ryden. They have seventeen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Cleon is survived by his wife Fern, daughters Holly and Shelly, sons Ken (Konnie), Scott (Sue), and Kelly (Chaney), his sister Hope C. Weimer of Rapid City, all the grandchildren and greats, many nieces and nephews, and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by son Bimbo, parents Hawley and Minnie, brother-in-law Robert Weimer, nephew John Weimer, maternal grandparents Jens and Caroline Thomsen, and paternal grandparents Allen and Laura Boomer.

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

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