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In Memory of

Virgil F. Boom

November 26, 1925 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


Virgil Forrest Boom passed away November 23, 2016 at VA Loma Linda Community Living Center, at the age of 90. He was born in Wall Lake, IA on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1925 to Forrest and Hilda (Beckman) Boom.

Virgil is survived by his children Darrell, Tamara, Damon, and Roy and their families, including seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Ferne; his parents Forrest and Hilda Boom; sisters Lavon Miller and...

Virgil Forrest Boom passed away November 23, 2016 at VA Loma Linda Community Living Center, at the age of 90. He was born in Wall Lake, IA on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1925 to Forrest and Hilda (Beckman) Boom.

Virgil is survived by his children Darrell, Tamara, Damon, and Roy and their families, including seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Ferne; his parents Forrest and Hilda Boom; sisters Lavon Miller and Marjory Ludwig; and brothers, Robert, Duane and Darrell.

As a young boy, he worked as a milk delivery boy in Wall Lake and as an auto service station attendant before joining the US Army on June 9, 1944 at the age of 18.

In the Army, Virgil served as a tank crewman in World War II as part of Patton's Army, Company C, 737th Tank Battalion in Germany. Virgil is a recipient of the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, and the World War II Victory Medal. Unlike many others, Virgil returned home from the war on April 10, 1946 to Jefferson Barracks, MO. He then returned to Iowa to run a restaurant with his mother for many years.

Virgil moved to Corona, CA where he met Ferne. They were married June 28,1962 and he immediately became a father to four. He had worked for various restaurants in the Corona and Riverside area as a cook, including Alpha Beta Company at Alfie's Restaurant. He and Ferne then moved to Dixon, CA in 1975. Virgil worked for the University of California in Davis, CA for 16 years as a chef and retired to Rialto, CA where he has resided for the past 25 years.

His hobbies included catering, cooking for family and friends, tending to his hummingbird feeders and plants. He was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Virgil was a devoted and caring son, husband, father, "Papa", grandpa, uncle, brother, brother-in-law, best friend, and neighbor. He represents the virtues of "The Greatest Generation": hard work, honesty, self discipline, generosity, and service to country. He was many things to many people and he truly blessed our lives. He will be greatly missed by us all.

A private family graveside service will be held at Crestlawn Memorial Park, 11500 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA on December 1, 2016.


"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear." - Unknown