Howard A. Boostrom 

12:54 PM May 08, 2018

Howard A. Boostrom, age 93, of Sterling, died Monday, May 7, 2018, at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. 


Howard was born February 21, 1925 in Galva the son of Carl and Gladys (Larson) Boostrom. He graduated from Galva High School in 1942 and entered the US Navy in May of 1943, serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He was discharged in January of 1946. Howard married Helen I. Florea on August 24, 1947 in Galva. He served as a State Trooper with the Illinois State Police for 25 and ½ years retiring December 31, 1982.


 Howard was an avid sports fan playing fast pitch softball for the Bishop Hill Sweedes and later for the New Bedford Elites. In 1957, he was named All American by the International Softball Congress in Greely, Colorado. Howard was a member of the Prophetstown American Legion, Post 522. 


Survivors include his wife, Helen Boostrom of Sterling; one daughter, Linda (Jerry) Heckler of Sterling; one son, Larry (Debra) Boostrom of Rock Falls; one sister, Dorothy (Gerald) Nelson of Galva; four grandchildren, Brian (Kristen) Williamson, Todd (Amy) Sigel, Mathew Boostrom and Jenna Marcum; eleven great grandchildren, Jonathan, Abbee, Jacee, Blake, Kade, Grace, Jacob, Avery, Tyler, Britten and Leighton. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Lori Ann Marcum; and one sister, Lil. 
Memorials have been established to the Prophetstown American Legion and Rock River Hospice and Home. 

A private graveside service will take place at a later date. 
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