March 18, 2023
William “Bill” Boadwine, age 89, of rural Baltic, SD, passed away at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday, March 18, 2023. Funeral services were held on Friday, March 24, at West Nidaros Lutheran Church, rural Crooks. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Bill was born March 23, 1933, in Codington County to Frank and Mabel (Cook) Boadwine. He grew up in Hamlin County and attended schools there. He graduated from Thomas High School in 1951 and began farming with his father. He was drafted into the US Army infantry in 1953 at the close of the Korean War. He was stationed for 18 months in Austria. After his discharge, he worked for Swift & Co., worked road construction, and farmed. He met Esther Eitrheim in Watertown when she was a nursing student on affiliation with Augustana College. They were married October 3, 1959, at West Nidaros Lutheran Church, rural Crooks. They lived on a farm north of Hayti. In 1961, they moved to Esther’s family homestead west of Baltic beginning a life of dairy farming. His sons were later involved in the farming operation with him. Bill was active in the community, serving on the boards of Baltic Telecom, Baltic Building Supply, SD Pork Producers, and West Nidaros. In 2006, Bill and Esther started spending winters in Green Valley, AZ, making many friends there.
Survivors include his children Kent (Kathy) of Sioux Falls, Lynn (Trish) of rural Baltic, and Mary (Vic) Ochoa of Cedar Falls, IA. Grandchildren Daniel (Dominique) Boadwine, Sarah (T.J.) Sullivan, Riley Boadwine, Patrick Boadwine, Rachel Ochoa, and Erin Ochoa. Great-grandchildren Zane, Eli, and Sienna Boadwine, Milo and Lucy Sullivan. Siblings Janet (Carroll) Hansen, Ramona Niven, Margery Maule, Don (Glenda) Boadwine, Pam (Don) Bowman, brother-in-law Norman Eitrheim, sisters-in-law Joan Eitrheim and Diane Eitrheim, and 14 nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife, Esther in 2017, and his parents.
Funeral services provided by Minnehaha Funeral Home.