Rodney Boyum


Rodney BoyumRodney A. Boyum age 77 of Wabasso passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 at his home in Wabasso.  Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 3 at English Lutheran Church in Cottonwood.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Private burial will be held at a later date.  Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rodney A. Boyum was born May 25, 1940 to Arthur and Phyllis (Zitzmann) Boyum in New Ulm, Minnesota.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Rodney graduated from Fairfax High School.  On May 27, 1961 Rodney married Sandra Lindorff in Brookings, South Dakota.  He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a mechanic on airplanes.  Rodney received his honorable discharge and returned home to the Fairfax area for a couple of years.  He then moved to the Wabasso area.  Rodney worked at Montgomery Wards, Specialty Engineering and later Schult Homes.  He enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, photography and computers.  Rodney also liked collecting Lincoln Limousines.  He was a member of the Wabasso American Legion.  He enjoyed wood working, mechanics, hunting and playing baseball in his younger years.  Rodney appreciated the outdoors and enjoyed flower gardening and watching humming birds.  He loved spending time with his family, especially Sandra.

Rodney is survived by his children: Jane Kelley of Wabasso, Valerie Boyum of Redwood Falls, Sharon Boyum of Nebraska, Susan Allego of Galveston, TX, Tammy Jo (Charlie) Snyder of Park Rapids, Deborah Boyum of Redwood Falls, Pamela (Tom) Sheeran of Seaforth and Shawn Boyum of Echo; 25 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild on the way; two brothers: Delbert (LaVonne) Boyum of Hector and Robert (Joy) Boyum of Inver Grove Heights and many other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sandra, brother Wayne Boyum and daughter-in-law Jean Boyum.


  1. Dad – you are so missed – it was hard to say goodbye but it was only in person as you and mom are forever with me in spirit and memory – I love you so very much and will cherish the memories you left me – I love you bunches and miss you enormously

  2. LeAnn & Lowell Peterson says:

    Shawn and family;
    We were sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Rodney was a customer and friend to Lowell’s dad Virgil at NAPA many years ago. Going to many of the same auctions.
    He did beautiful scroll saw work, Particularly the intricate Sleighs ( I still have mine! ) Quite the talented guy. Hold your memories close and smile.

    • Valerie Boyum says:

      thank you…and yes he is very talented!! we/I treasure things him and Mom have made for us…thank you again

  3. Laura Pehrson (Goblish) says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. It is very hard to lose a parent. May God give you peace and comfort as you deal with your loss.

  4. Dad – you are now with mom and painfree – though I cry for you I hold tight to the memories I have – I love you and miss you so much and will miss your laugh and jokes – you taught me so much – I love you Dad

  5. Marcia Johnson says:

    So sorry for your loss to all of you. We have fond memories of working with you!

  6. Monica Woelfel says:

    So sorry for your loss, my sympathies to all your family.

  7. Maria Bernardy says:

    Offering you my thoughts and prayers. He was well-loved by all of you.

  8. Valerie Boyum says:

    Dad, I love you so very much and I am going to miss you so much more!!! We all love you and will miss you terribly. When Mom passed away you were there for us and with us and vice versa…now you are with Mom and that leaves us to watch over and be there for each other…which don’t get me wrong, it is good, but not the same as having you here to help us get through.
    You are my hero whether you realize it or not…you and Mom raised eight kids, you worked two and sometimes three different jobs to keep us all clothed and fed, you taught some of to shoot guns (even though I didn’t want to shoot animals or birds…I did love shooting that old stove out in the grove though)…you also taught some of us or most of us to drive (me of course that was different)…you and Mom always came to my meetings and bought me home when I lived in Marshall…even when your back was killing you in later years you always found the time and endurance to make it to family functions and just go with us to anywhere or nowhere…your diabetes and back played havoc with you and make your life unbearable at times (even though you tried to hide it, we knew) but that is my point; you were always strong when we all needed you…even when Mom was going through her ordeal, you were strong for her and us (even though again we could see it taking its toll on you, but you kept going for Mom)….you taught us so much throughout the years and some of the lessons we learned on our own as we grew…but I do have to ask about one very important lesson you and Mom never had the chance to teach us: “How do I/We go on without you”, I mean I know we will eventually, maybe, but that is one lesson I wouldn’t have missed if you and Mom would’ve been able to teach it.
    Dad I know you are tired and in pain and missing Mom…at least now you can get rest and dance with Mom on that date and forever all PAIN FREE!!! That is what will help me some; knowing you and Mom are together again in love forever and both of you are pain-free!!! I am so going to miss you Dad…I will miss talking about the Twins and listening to you as you complain about them!!! I will miss watching them with you as well!!! Mom and God needed you, so they came and took you home, just like with Mom it was way too soon, but at least you are free of pain…we will all take care of Mittens for you and Mom!!! I love you dad and I will miss you more than you will know!!! Have fun on the date and don’t stay up too late!!! I will write more later!!!
    Love your daughter (one of them)

  9. Valerie Boyum says:

    You and Mom and the kitties are all together now!!! Your pain is all gone as is Moms…our pain will be around for a long time to come…the other day as we sent you and Mittens to Mom was very hard on us/me…though I know it meant you and Mom and the kitties were together, it also meant that the physical part is now gone as well…to me as long as we had your ashes at the house, you were there with us…now that they aren’t there anymore it is going to be harder to go into the house…yes you and Mom’s things are there, but that’s just it…they are just things now…before they were part of you and Mom, now they are just empty pieces of things…the memories in those things are and will be there forever…like the white wicker rocker: that is where I would sit and watch you mom as you both slept (you on the couch and mom in the recliner chair) remembering back to the days of our youth, remembering how things were and wishing I could have those days back. I have those days locked up in my heart and mind and can replay them when I am missing you both!!! then there is the dining table; that table has so many, many memories locked in it….all the family dinners, talks, card playing, game playing, the holiday gatherings with all of us, the many nights and days of just sitting and visiting with each other and friends and family, all the times your grand babies and great grand-babies sat on the table and more…there are just so many memories tied to that table and the things in the house that used to be filled with so much love and laughter and of course sad times too, but it is our HOME…it is a place we all came to be with you and Mom…I hope we never lose that HOME…it would be an honor to use it for family gatherings, knowing the memories and the love that fill that home will be there with us…you and mom and the kitties may be physically gone from there, but I can still feel the love you both share there in each room…I may never go into that room downstairs again…only because ever since Mom was in there and left us suddenly, her love stayed in that room and was there for you and then you were in that room and your love for her is in there too now…I know it may sound like whatever, but as long as I can think you and Mom are in there…I want to keep it that way, I am afraid that if I did go in there (other than the day you were called home to Mom and God) then it would mean you and Mom aren’t there, don’t get me wrong, I know you are both in heaven holding each other and playing with the kitties and etc…but I just love knowing there is love in the air in that room and I don’t want to lose that feeling…so if I stay out of there, the love will never leave…looking around at the doll houses you and mom made and the fret work and other things you both poured your love and heart into brings tears and more to me…the love and hard work you put into the flower garden shows every year as the flowers come into bloom!!! the time, hard work and love you and mom put into everything you did, from raising us eight kids to the crafts and hobbies you both had, to fighting to stay when it got hard for you both in the end, and so much more is a lesson for us all to learn and live by…never give up, even when life deals you a crappy hand (like it did when Mom and you were taken away)…I miss you both so very much and I love you both even more!!! You are both my Hero!!! And now you are both happy and pain free and in love like before!!!
    As we were scattering your ashes to the wind and Mom, it was almost like I could see you both walking with the kitties as the light dust blew in front of my eyes, showing me you are both together and even though it was in my head, it is a beautiful sight!!! I miss you both!!! I love you both so very very much!!! I guess I better go now…

  10. I miss you dad – your gift of laughter and funny jokes – has been hard realizing you are now with mom and not us – the pain has yet to heal – merry Christmas dad – I love you

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