Walter Delbert Boster, 93, of Tyrone, Missouri, passed away May 7, 2014.
He was born to Rueben (Doc) and Ollie Aldridge Boster, July 9, 1920, on the family farm at Tyrone. Walter completed the eighth grade at Grandview School.
He married Zola Williams March 23, 1945 and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage together in Tyrone.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son, David Boster; a half-brother Gregory Aldridge; a sister, Martha Culler; two brothers, Joe Boster and Sherman Boster; a daughter-in-law, Lesta Boster; a son-in-law, Gail “Bear” Crumrine; and an infant great-granddaughter, Abby Boster.
He is survived by daughters Linda McGiboney, Carolyn Pounds and husband Barkus, and Mary Barnes and husband John, grandsons Jimmy Pounds and wife Missy, Mark Pounds and wife Stephanie, Jason Pounds, Michael McGiboney, Matt McGiboney and wife Karen, A.J. Barnes, Andy Boster and wife Angie, and Joey Boster; one granddaughter, Amanda Jensen and husband Jesse; nine great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great grandchildren; and numerous family friends including Rosalee Jones, Donna Jones McConnaughhay, and Doyle Lay.
Walter was not an avid churchgoer, but believed strongly in Jesus. He encouraged his children to attend church and acted his faith through hard work and helping those in need, believing he was closer to God working on the land than sitting in a church.
Walter, known as Papa to his grandchildren, grew up during the great depression and learned hard work and bartering as a means of survival at an early age. These two skills were put to the test in 1936 when he planted 4,900 tomato plants to sell to the local cannery. The only problem was the cannery closed down before he could sell his tomatoes. In true Papa fashion of not letting anything go to waste, he managed to parlay his bumper tomato crop into old barn wood and anything else he could make use of in the future.
As World War II broke out he reported to the draft board where he was told that he was more useful to the war effort farming than fighting. He took this to heart and worked tirelessly milking cows.
Papa would farm in Tyrone his entire life. He began with 40 acres and continued to expand his farm, often paying for the land with profits he made by cutting firewood. A portion of the land that Walter farmed was homesteaded by his father and grandfather beginning in 1877.
He worked his land with horses, most notably the Belgians named Bob and Dolly, until the late 1950s, when he bought his first tractor from Ted Scheets. Papa took great pride in the fact that this tractor was the last thing he ever bought on credit.
Papa milked cows for 50 years. A testament to his respect for the land and the animals that he worked was that he ensured the milk cows were sold to family to continue to be milked instead of being sold to slaughter.
Papa loved the farm and this area. When on a trip to Georgia to visit family he was asked if he wanted to see the ocean since they were so close, he replied that he figured he had lived this long without seeing it he didn’t figure he needed to now. He was always happiest on the farm working, reading a western after a hard day of work, or visiting with his family and friends.
He built all the barns on his land and dug the ponds himself with either horse or tractor. In fact, much of the lumber used on the farm came from the farm itself. Walter never wasted anything. For example, when told that an oak tree was no good, he cut it anyway and it yielded enough stave bolts to buy another 40 acres. In recent years, as he became physically unable to do the farm work, he still took great joy from being driven around the land by one of his daughters, sons-in-law, or grandchildren to check on the land and cattle.
Papa led his life in a way that instilled the values of hard work and faith to his family and all those that came into contact with him. He was greatly admired and will be greatly missed.
Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Evans Funeral Home with Rev. Kendall Ford officiating. Pallbearers were Jimmy Pounds, Mark Pounds, Jason Pounds, Michael McGiboney, Matt McGiboney, A J Barnes, Joey Boster and Andrew Boster. Honorary pallbearers were Darren Ice, Doyle Lay, Tom Crumrine and Jesse Jensen. Burial was in Tyrone Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Care or Tyrone Cemetery.