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Milton Boomershine Jr., known as Snook to family and friends, lived and worked in Des Moines, Iowa area most of his life, and was a student at Cassidy, Nash, Washington Irving & Lincoln schools while living in Des Moines.

Milt served in the US Navy Reserves with his brother Buddy following his father's service in the US Army during World War II in the Philippines'.

Milt worked originally as an industrial insulator for Iowa Asbestos and L&L Insulation, and was a member of Local 74. Stories of the men, work and journeys that he took when working as an insulator were common in his conversation.

Milt's grandparents, Harry & Freda (Lamb) Woods, were two people that had the greatest influence on his life, and the love that he had for his family and his abilities to fix or build anything were built from his experience with these two beloved people.

Milt built his first two homes by himself with the help of family, and he was the founder and CEO of Boomershine Construction. He went on to become the president of the Marion County Board of Realtors in Knoxville, Iowa and developed and built many residential and commercial properties including the naming and development of the street "Laura Lane" after his daughter in Knoxville, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his father Milton G. Boomershine Sr. and mother Marie F. (Woods) Boomershine; his son Milton Douglas Boomershine III; and his brother Harold "Bud" Boomershine. He is survived by his sister Donna (George Shepherd); two children Laura (Bob VanderMeulen) and Jay (Jill); and six grandchildren.

Snook is survived by his wife Donna Jean (Long) Boomershine of Des Moines who was by his side through the last moment of his life until death did they part at 10:30 p.m., Sunday night, August 3rd, 2014. They were married in June 1956 at the First Christian Church at 2500 University Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa and shared over 58 years of their life together.

Milt retired several years ago and enjoyed keeping his six acre lawn manicured sitting on the porch admiring his work on his property in the company of his beautiful wife and family when they visited. Milt, Snook, Dad, Grandpa, Papa, will be missed and the world has just lost one of its finest men that ever lived.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Taylor House Hospice.


Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 10, 2014
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