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Jacob Boldt

Jacob "Jake" Boldt, 87, passed away June 29, 2010 at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls. He was born January 17, 1923 in Marion, South Dakota to Henry and Helena (Becker) Boldt. He graduated from Marion High School in 1941. He was active in sports becoming the honorary captain of the basketball team. Jake then attended Freeman Junior College in Freeman, South Dakota. After one year of college, Jake was called to the military service in 1943. He served in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II. After completing Radio Operator and Radio Interceptor training, he was assigned to the 135th Sig Radio Intelligence Co. and sent overseas serving in Rhineland,Central Europe. He received the Central European Theater Medal; European African Middle Eastern Service Medal; and Good Conduct Medal. Jake was honorably discharged in 1946. Jake was united in marriage to Erma Mairose on February 21, 1944 in Mississippi. He later was employed by John Morrell & Co. in Sioux Falls and became the Chief Store Keeper and the Clerk of Vehicle Maintenance. He went back to school at Nettleton Commercial College completing a business course. After 35 years of service, he retired from John Morrell. Jake was a past member of St. Joseph Cathedral and a member of St. Michael Parish. He sang in the Cathedral Adult Choir for over 30 years and participated in the Cathedral Symphony Christmas concert a number of times. He was also a member of the VFW, the American Bowling Association, and the Center for Active Generations. He and his wife delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. He loved to golf and bowl with friends. He also had a wood working shop in his home. Jake was a strong believer in the sanctity of life as a member of the National Right to Life, the American Life League and the South Dakota Right to Life organization. Jake is survived by his wife: Erma; daughters: Gayle (Chet) Angle, Vickie (Jim) Beach and Darlene (Larry) Tentinger; son: Donald (Debra) Boldt; five grandchildren, Lisa (Brad) Anderberg; Natalie (Jeff) Olson; Heather Beach; Paul Beach; Steven (Jodi) Beach; seven great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; brothers: Alfred (Dorothy), John (LaVerne), Bernie (Joyce) and Robert; and a sister: Mary (Leland) Miller. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. Visitation will be Friday, 5:30 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM followed by the Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, 10 AM at St. Michael Parish with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

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