Donald Bobolz

Donald A. Bobolz, 78, of Storm Lake, passed away bravely Thursday evening at his home, Nov. 29, 2018  from a bout with cancer.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee, with military rites by L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W and the American Legion.   

Donald was born June 18, 1940 in Cherokee, to Arthur H. and Elsie (Fagerlund) Bobolz. He graduated from Quimby High School in 1958 where he was a member of the basketball team; he just celebrated his 60-year class reunion with seven surviving classmates. He served in the U.S. Army from May 1963 until May 1965 during the Vietnam War. He had worked for Hy-Grade Packing Plant in Storm Lake, later Tyson Packing Plant (formally Continental Deli) in Cherokee for 30 years, retiring on Oct. 26, 2013. Don was divorced from his wife, Jerrie Bobolz, but the two remained very close and had a caring relationship for each other and were inseparable.

Donald enjoyed carpentry; remodeling his entire house with pride; he loved his shop in his basement. Fishing with his grandkids — he taught them all how to fish, then the competition was on —  to “outfish” Grandpa. Hunting for deer was a yearly event; he was extremely happy when he mounted his first five-point buck. He absolutely loved the Hawkeyes, Cowboys and Dodgers — they were always on the television when you walked into his house. Don loved “conversational pieces” too; getting something new for his house and having one recognize it — he would be so tickled when anyone would do so. He took pride in his garden and loved to share his bountiful goods with his family. The grandchildren would look forward to Cheerios with sugar on them when they would come and stay with him — that was the “best way” to eat them; he always wanted more sugar... by the time it was all over, there was more sugar than Cheerios in the bowl. He absolutely loved a houseful of grandkids and his last wish was to come home to his remodeled house with his cat, Polly by his side... he did just that with a houseful of grandkids… just as he wanted.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Janet Bobolz Brown; his ex-wife and life time friend, Jerrie Bobolz; brother Ivan Bobolz; sister Iva Jean Hackett and her husband Darrell; and a brother-in-law, Roland Wright.

He is survived by his children: Gene Bobolz of Lakewood, Colo.; Terry (Alicia) Bobolz of Lakewood, Colo.; Julie (Steven “Pete”) Pedersen of Storm Lake; six grandchildren: a granddaughter whom he thought of as a daughter, Rachel Wunder of Storm Lake; Alyssa Bobolz, Dylan Bobolz, Harrison Pedersen, Stevie Pedersen and C.J. Wunder; four great-grandchildren: Aiden Pulec, Alexis Wunder, Mason Wunder and Justin Wunder; two sisters: Anita (Harry) Mansfield of Pierson; LaVonne Wright of Sioux City; a sister-in-law, Shirley Bobolz of Quimby; also many nieces and nephews.