Robert J. Boes
A?Funeral Mass for Robert Joseph Boes of Ely, IA, will be held Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. The The Brosh Chapel of Cedar Rapids is in charge of arrangements. Robert died suddenly at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, IA on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. He was 76 years old.
Robert Joseph Boes was born November 22, 1941, in Carroll, the eldest son of Clarence and Florence (Schapman) Boes. He married Elaine Poduska on August 7, 1972. Their marriage of 45 years was blessed with three children; Kevin (Mandy) of Evanston, Illinois; Melanie (Dustin Froyum) of Golden Valley, Minnesota; and Aaron (Stephanie) of Iowa City.
Bob graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in biology. He received a Master’s degree from Purdue and a PhD in Science Education from the University of Iowa. He was a dedicated professor for over 40 years, teaching a range of science courses that spanned chemistry, biology, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology. He taught at Purdue, UNI and Iowa Lakes Community College.
Bob loved spending time with his children and grandchildren on the farm, traveling to Florida and Europe, reading, taking walks with Elaine, and playing cards with many guests. He enjoyed writing and frequently contributed op-ed articles to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. He was an active member of St. Wenceslaus Church and served as Secretary of the Parish Council. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and two sisters; Joan (Tom) Tibbitts of Fort Dodge and Ellen (Stan) Slessor of Brooklyn.
Memorials may be left in his memory to St. Wenceslaus Church in Cedar Rapids.
Brosh Chapel, Cedar Rapids, IA