John A. Boley, February 6, 1931 - June 28, 2020

John A. Boley
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John Alden Boley passed away on Sunday, June 28 in the presence of his loving family under hospice care at Oak Gardens Place in Altoona, WI. He was born on February 6th, 1931 to K. H. and Charlotte Boley.  He was a proud graduate of St. Patrick’s HS in Eau Claire, class of ‘49.  A kind and gentle man to all who knew him, we remember him as: 

A loving and joyful husband and dad, he married his sweetheart, Cherie Ann Horton of Eau Claire on November 5, 1955. John & Cherie built a lovely home east of Altoona on 6-mile creek where he lived for 50 years. They raised their 6 children & celebrated many occasions at this beloved family home. Dad cherished time with Cherie, their children and their children’s families above all. He taught us to love family just as he modeled and lived it.

He deeply valued his Catholic education & faith, believing firmly in God's loving mercy & grace. He enjoyed attending early mass with family & friends alike, always followed by a hearty breakfast filled with good conversation & laughter.

A man who was loved by his dogs; most recently Gus, Angus, and Toby. They all grew fat and happy in his care as he loved nothing so much as to indulge his loyal companions with copious treats.

A successful electrician and businessman. John became an apprentice electrician in 1955, a journeyman electrician in 1959, became a master electrician, and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 65 years. John became President of K. H. Boley Electric, Inc, a responsibility that he bore with many long hours of work coupled with a reputation for honesty and quality workmanship.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955; serving in Okinawa as an aviation electrical technician during the Korean War.  He completed his service time in Texas in the 20th Air Force, forever after answering phone calls from his kids with “20th Air Force, CQ speaking!”.

An avid hunter and fisherman.  He taught us to love and respect the natural world. Whether it was waterfowl hunting the Mississippi River backwaters with his children or walking the forest roads of Northern Wisconsin in search of Ruffed grouse. The trips north to the cabin on Moquah Lake became our family magnet as we paddled, fished, and played cards late into the night.  The sibling banter and raucous laughter filled the cabin and northwoods beyond.

John enjoyed good conversation and company with friends and family alike, over good food and good coffee - he was never without his coffee cup.

John was preceded in death by his parents K.H. and Charlotte; wife, Cherie; son, Steven; and siblings: Jeanette, Patricia, Tom and Richard. John is survived by his daughter-in-law Delesa Boley (Steven Boley), Mark Boley (Betty Johnson), Greg Boley (June Haigh-Boley), Suzanne Boley, Patricia Boley, David Boley (Lori Wheeler); grandchildren:  Alex (Vanessa Veiock) Boley, Mikaela (Terry duPont) Boley, Brett (Ashley) Boley, Chance Boley, Sarah Boley, Emma Boley and Grace Boley; honorary grandchildren John and Zach Fox; and great-grandchildren; Fletcher duPont and Max Boley. He is also survived by sister-in-laws, Carol Boley (Richard) & Rose Boley (Tom), and many nieces & nephews. 

What a family. Thanks, Dad. We love you.

John’s family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Jen Lowry (Caregiver, Visiting Angels); the caring staff of Oak Gardens Place; and the healthcare providers of Marshfield Clinic and Sacred Heart Hospital.

Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bob’s House for Dogs and the VFW in Altoona. 

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. David Staudacher August 13, 2020

    I never had the chance to meet John, but purchased three books by Gordon Macquarrie at an auction. These books had been in John's library and I instantly felt we had some things in common. I was hoping to some day meet him and thank him for rekindling my love for duck hunting. Please accept my condolences in your time of sorrow. I will send a memorial donation to Bob's in Johns name. May God Bless your family,
    David Staudacher

  2. Orville and Shirley Anderson July 8, 2020

    So sorry about John. He was a good and great guy. He was s great friend. Will miss him and our monthly breakfasts. All great fun. Take care and God bless the whole family. Memorial will be sent to Bob's House for Dogs.
    Bless all. Orville and Shirley Anderson

  3. The hawker family July 7, 2020

    So sorry to hear......John never missed greeting us with a pat on the back, handshake or hug. Such a great gentle soul. Rest In Peace my friend!

  4. Terry and Linda Schuh July 7, 2020

    We are very sorry for your loss.

  5. Jim underwood July 7, 2020

    So many good memories of so many good friends and neighbors. John is in a good place now


  6. Douglas Salter July 6, 2020

    Sorry for your loss! I delivered meals to John for the ADRC when he lived at home! We always had a great conversation every day! Although his big black dog Tobi didn't like me but John said he didn't like a male visitors! Great man

  7. Shirley K Rossano July 5, 2020

    I want to send my deepest sympathy to the Boley family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time and I wish you all peace.

  8. Bearkat July 5, 2020

    A lot of memories, a lot of years gone by. I'm sorry for the loss. And so we go

  9. Jerry Olson July 3, 2020

    My God Bless the Boley Family -- Know that Brenda's and my prayers are with you in this time of loss. Your father left a beautiful legancy that touched many. Please know that if you need anything, don't hesitate to ask.
    Rest in peace John.
    Jerry and Brenda Olson

  10. Deb Machmeier July 3, 2020

    To John's family my deepest sympathy. My father and I met John through the grief meetings at St Joseph's Hospital many years ago. How he loved his wife, Cherie. He was a very gentle person and he became a friend. May God comfort all of his family during this time of loss.
    Keeping John's family in my prayers.
    Deb Machmeier

  11. Mark DeAngelis July 2, 2020

    I first met Dave's dad in 1989, while Dave and I were at Fort McCoy for training. We went to visit Dave's family and walked into John's shop. John said the equivalent in Arabic of "you pile of dung." I responded in Arabic "may a grazed goose fly up your daughter's wedding dress." And we immediately bonded! I will forever remember that! A great man who raised a great family!

  12. Mark and Dawn Scheppke July 2, 2020

    David and family, we send you our sincerest condolences at this time of grief and loss. As days go by, we trust that the feelings of loss will be replaced by treasured memories of good times and happy moments that you shared with your father.
    Mark, Dawn, Ben, David and Alex Scheppke

  13. Tom Herro July 1, 2020

    This is to Mark Boley, John's son. I heard about the loss of your dad on Monday when I came in. I am sorry about your loss and you and your family are in my prayers. Tom Herro, Marketplace Care Partner

  14. SueEllen Robertson June 30, 2020

    Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family of John Boley. John and my father, Dan Robertson, were life-long friends, and I am sure that the two of them are swapping jokes and telling tales of days gone by. I also recall his gentleness and kindness to my mother in the years before her death. He was a good man, and he will be missed by many.