Linden Boman passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on February 14, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on December 5th, 1935 to Russell and Nina Boman at home in rural Deland, Illinois. As a little guy, he attended a one room country school, where he rode to school on his pony. Later he moved with his family to Loda, Illinois and graduated from Buckley-Loda High School in 1954. Linnie obtained his pilot’s license after high school and enjoyed flying over his parent’s home, dipping his wings as a hello to his mother as she hung laundry on the line. He was a hard worker and held jobs building silos, working at a gravel pit and as a blacksmith. He joined the Army in 1956, where he spent his last two years as an electronics technician in Italy. While stationed in Italy he spent time skiing there in addition to Switzerland, Germany and the French Alps. He retired after 33 years from Kraft Foods in 1996 where he was employed in general maintenance. He and a core group of men helped to put Kraft Foods Champaign on the map as one of the top food production plants in the world.
Linnie married Judith Lukert on August 19th, 1961 at the United Methodist Church in Loda, Illinois. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past summer. Judy survives him along with his three children, Colby (Tina) Boman of White Heath, Lindsey (David) Wieneke and their two children Delaney and Colton of White Heath, and Jeremy (Erika) Boman and their two children Shaylyn and Deacon of Monticello. He is also survived by his sister, Kay (Jim) Slade and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, Jerry Boman. His family was always his priority and his focus. He and Judy raised their children in a loving, Christian home where God, teamwork, laughter and music were always present. He taught his children to play ball, ride dirt bikes, ice skate, sled and repair just about anything that they broke. No matter how old his children or grandchildren were he always asked about, “His babies.” His family could never walk past his chair without him reaching out his massive, work hardened hand to hold our own. This was his way of telling us that he loved us. Linnie waged an annual private battle with the dandelions in his yard, spending countless hours on his knees with his pocketknife in hand. Linnie enjoyed and took great pride in his beloved land and home. He was an incredible husband, Dad and Pa. He was a man with a kind heart who was always willing to help anyone in need. Linnie was a veritable joke encyclopedia, often cracking himself up when he would silently tell himself a joke.
With the help of friends and family, he and Judy designed and built the family home in 1976 in rural White Heath. Linnie’s children were fortunate to have his guidance and help when building homes of their own. He enjoyed a lifelong passion for motorcycles, specifically antique Indians, especially his 1948 Indian Chief, which he fully restored in 1985. Linnie belonged to an antique motorcycle club, rode with countless friends and even traveled to Sturgis, South Dakota in his 60’s. He was a maker of homemade beer and wine, aka Boman’s Basement Booze, and many a friend enjoyed partaking in his libations. Linnie had a beautiful voice and played guitar. He was a member of Centerville United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He started the Christmas Eve services there and they continue to this day.
There will be no funeral services but the family is planning a Celebration of Life from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the Monticello Community Building 201 N. State St. Monticello, IL 61856, and later the Linnie Boman Memorial Motorcycle Ride with details to follow on Facebook. Thank you all for your prayers, cards, phone calls, flowers and food. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family, who will donate to the veteran’s charity of their choice. Online condolences: www.rortvedtfuneralservices.com.
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