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Robert E. Boatman

March 17, 1927 - January 18, 2023

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Robert Eugene Boatman was born March 17, 1927 in Barnes City, Iowa to William “Ray” and Opal “Polly” Armstrong Boatman. He passed away January 18, 2023 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

A visitation with family present will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd) in Ankeny. Burial of his urn will be held at a later date.

Robert was a graduate of Newton High School in Newton, Iowa, and served in the United States Navy during World War II.  Robert was united in marriage to Wilma June Oldaker on June 5, 1952 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union were born two children, Linda and Scott. Robert and Wilma lived most of their married life together in Ankeny, Iowa, where Robert was employed at John Deere Des Moines Works until his retirement in 1985.  During retirement, Robert enjoyed golfing with friends, entertaining his grandchildren and he dabbled at painting and wood crafting.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma of Ankeny; daughter, Linda (Ned) Van Nostrand of Keosauqua, Iowa; son, Scott Boatman of Stanton, Iowa; three grandchildren, Nate Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska, Kyle Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa and Kristine (Brandon) Webb of Lead, South Dakota; brother, Dallas (Vernadine) Boatman of McMinnville, Oregon; as well as two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Joan Watts.

Memorials may be directed to Ankeny First United Methodist Church or the Ankeny Fire Department.

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