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In Memory of William "Bill" Boumeester


Visitation will be on Friday February 2nd from 4pm to 8pm with a prayer service at 8pm at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the mass at church

Funeral Services

1PM Saturday February 3rd at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson

William ‘Wild Bill’ Boumeester, age 81 of North Hudson died peacefully Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Bill was born on June 10, 1936 in Hudson, Wisconsin; son of William and Florence ‘Toodie’ (Erlitz) Boumeester. He was raised in Hudson where he attended St. Patrick’s Parochial School prior to graduating from Hudson High School in 1954. On June 23, 1956, he was united in marriage to Jeanne Clymer at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Lake St. Croix Beach. This union was blessed with children, Don, Larry, Suzie, and Jim. Bill Worked for Zappa Brothers in North Hudson for many years prior to founding Boumeester and Sons in 1983. He then retired in 1999 and his boys took over the business. Bill was also a lifetime member of the Hudson Rod & Gun Club as well as a board member of Burkhardt Co-op.

Bill loved to do anything labor-intensive and in the fresh air of the outdoors; he took pleasure in hunting, fishing, and trapping. Bill was also an excellent woodworker; he used his talents to remodel 2 cabins, 2 houses, and helped build kids houses. He painted numerous boards for business advertisements at Lakefront Park when the Booster Little League baseball games were held there in years past. After his retirement, Bill creatively designed and built birdhouses as well as bird and suet feeders. He also managed to recycle materials from an electric log splitter and fashioned them into a can crusher.

Bill enjoyed the thrill of racing stock cars in his younger years at various tracks including: Stillwater, Cedar Lake, Menomonie, and the prestigious Minnesota State Fair. When his sons inherited the love for sports and racing, Bill never failed to attend each of their racing events or wrestling matches. He appreciated the many trips to casinos with his dear friend, Fred Buttke, with whom Bill pulled off countless all-nighters. He was a great lover of dogs, and considered many to be his loyal companions over the years.

Bill will remain in the hearts of his wife, Jeanne; children, Don Boumeester of Houlton, Larry (Dawn Krysiak) Boumeester of Hudson, Suzie Boumeester of Oakdale, Jim (Michelle) Boumeester of Hudson; seven grandchildren, Nate Vanwey, Ashley Boumeester, Andy (Rachel) Vanwey, Tyler (Meghan Hanson) Boumeester, Brea (Tyler Buckles) Boumeester, Vanessa (Aaron Rogers) Boumeester, Mariah Boumeester; brother, Jeff (Marcia) Boumeester; sister-in-law, Bette Boumeester, special nephew and Godson, Billy Boumeester, as well as many other nieces, nephews, family, and friends.  His parents and brother, Tom Boumeester precede him in death.

Mass of Christian Burial for Bill will be held at 1PM Saturday, February 3rd at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson. Interment will be in the parish cemetery with his grandchildren having the honor of being active casketbearers, as well as honorary casketbearer, Fred Buttke.  Visitation will be on Friday, February 2nd from 4pm to 8pm with a prayer service at 8pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the mass at church. Memorials are preferred to the donors’ choice or the Richard J. Clymer Memorial Cancer Research Fund. Happy Trails to you, Wild Bill! 

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    • Jeanne,
      Mark and I offer our most sincere condolences to you at this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers.

    • I just saw this today. There are many memories with the Boumeester clan. I’m sorry for your loss. Bob

    • Nate, my sympathies to you and your family. It sounds like your grandpa was full of life and fun. Kathy

    • When I moved to Hudson many years ago, one of the first people I looked forward to meeting was Bill, the stories and his reputation preceded him and he did not disappoint. He lived up to his most appropriate nick name without question. Bill was bigger than life itself always smiling and bringing cheer to those whom he came into contact with. He leaves a tremendous legacy of family, friends, and loved ones. He will live on in a happier place and be remembered by all. God Bless rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers for family members who all loved Bill so much.

    • Jeanie and family,
      Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
      May your memories lift you up in the days to come.
      Zane and Deb

    • May you finally be at peace and pain free. Uncle Bill you were like non other. You will be missed by many. Prayers and sympathy to you Aunt Jeanne, Don, Larry, Jimmy and Suzie.

    • So many fun memories of my uncle Bill growing up – whenever he was around there was so much laughter – especially when he’d take his teeth out and try to scare us kids! My heart and my love goes out to his wife, my aunt Jeanne and my cousins Donny, Larry, Jimmy and Suzie and all their children. Take comfort in knowing my dad, Tom is there with him and I’m sure they are pulling some sort of shenanigans in heaven!

    • We didn’t know Bill, but we highly esteem his younger brother, Jeff and family. But for all who mourn his loss, we offer these words:

      And so the number of saints above is increased by one, leaving behind an empty space that will never be filled except through the gift of memory. We celebrate with you Bill’s life and the many lives he touched.

      May you miss him deeply, forgive him often, and always claim the best of him in you. Our sympathies, thoughts, and prayers remain with you in your grief even as you reflect on the promises of God to provide a reunion in heaven.

      Liz and Dan Bruch