Boomer, Cleon

Cleon Boomer, age 86, of Interior, died Friday evening, February 9, 2018, at the Bennett County Hospital in Martin.

Cleon Hawley Boomer was born to George Hawley and Minnie (Thomsen) Boomer on September 26, 1931 in Valentine, Neb. He and his older sister, Hope Caroline, grew up south of the Headlee Ranch and west of Hisle near Snake Butte. He was baptized by a circuit Methodist preacher at Potato Creek in August 1943. He attended country school until it closed and then stayed with Dorothy Porch in Kadoka to attend school his 8th grade through sophomore year of high school. He transferred to Bennett County to graduate high school in 1949. Cleon was musical and played in high school and local bands.

Cleon joined the Army in October 1952, during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in July 1954, at the rank of Corporal. Cleon returned to the ranch and continued to make a life there.

The Glen Shorb family lived by the Headlee Ranch until they moved to Hermosa. They were special friends of the Boomers and Cleon, and later on his family, spent many fun times with Dallas and Cliff Shorb and their families.

Cleon married Fern Coats on October 3, 1960, in Ft. Pierre, in a double ceremony with Raymond and Joan Greenough. Cleon gained an immediate family with McKinley Len (Kenny), Michelle Kay (Shelly), and Bimbo. Cleon and Fern quickly added three more children to their litter, Scott Hawley, Holly Rae, and Kelly Wade. All six children provided constant entertainment and pride for their parents. Cleon and Fern joined St. Katharine’s Episcopal Church in Martin and raised their children in that faith. He also served as a Director on the Lacreek REA Board for twenty-five years.

Cleon and Fern have fourteen grandchildren ranging in age of 40 years young to 1 year old: Mandi Sioux, Jason Allen, Seth Albert, Justin Len, Fern Nicole, Brittany Dawn, Summer Dawn, Thunder Cole Cleon, Shane Harold, Emersyn Hawley, Dyson, Chayson, Tyan, and Ryden. They have seventeen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Cleon is survived by his wife Fern, daughters Holly and Shelly, sons Ken (Konnie), Scott (Sue), and Kelly (Chaney), his sister Hope C. Weimer, Rapid City, all the grandchildren and greats, many nieces and nephews, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by son Bimbo, parents Hawley and Minnie, brother-in-law Robert Weimer, nephew John Weimer, maternal grandparents Jens and Caroline Thomsen, and paternal grandparents Allen and Laura Boomer.

Services for Cleon Hawley Boomer will be held Tuesday, February 20, at 1:00 p.m. at the New Legion in Martin, followed by graveside rites at Martin Community Cemetery. Lunch will follow at the New Legion. A visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. followed by Evening Prayer with communion on Monday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Katharine’s Episcopal Church in Martin. All services will be officiated by Fr. Ed Hunt.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at

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