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Marlyn Duane Bootsma
November 29, 1951 ~ January 18, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Marlyn (Marly) Duane Bootsma was born on November 29, 1951 to Percy and Helen Bootsma in Sanborn, Iowa. He was one of four siblings.
After high school he worked at SuperValu, Lebanon Feed Store, and Terrace Park Dairy. In 1968, he met the love of his life, Kathy Meyer. They were married on January 3, 1969, in Boyden, Iowa. In 1979, the couple moved to Avoca, where they started farming. In 1980, they moved to Woodstock, where they farmed until Marly’s passing. The couple also owned Mathy Trucking from 2001 to 2012. Their marriage was blessed with five children.
Marly was a member of The Woodstock Community Church. The church was a big part of Marly’s life, a love he and Kathy passed down to their kids. Marly will be remembered for the great stories he told and his love for his family. Marly enjoyed being part of Iron Horse Motorcycle club and Wheels of the Past car club. Marly’s hobbies included collecting cars and traveling with his beloved wife. He especially enjoyed watching his family play sports. He was know for saying, “If a problem can be fixed by money, it’s not a problem.” He also enjoyed riding motorcycle and ATVs.
Marly passed away peacefully on January 18, 2023 at the age of 71, at his home in the presence of his family.
He is loving remembered by his wife Kathy, sons Chad of Valley Springs, S.D.; Perry (Jolene) of Edgerton; Brett (Shannon) of Edgerton; and Ryan (Trisha) of Woodstock; and daughter Alicia Sanborn (Ryan) of Acworth, G.A.; 23 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; siblings Corwin (Carol) Bootsma of Sanborn, Iowa., Galin Bootsma of Melvin, Iowa.; Arlis (Randy) Bubke of Sioux Center, Iowa; Gerald (Karen) Meyer of George, Iowa; Robert (Michelle) Meyer of Springfield, S.D.; and Eugene Meyer of Sheldon, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law Edward Meyer, mother-in-law Marion Meyer, and stepfather Richard Vanden Berg.