Obituaries

Darwin D. Boelts

Jul 12, 2019
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Services:

Celebration of Life Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Orchard Hill Church
3900 Orchard Hill Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Visitation:

9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Orchard Hill Church
3900 Orchard Hill Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Cemetery:

Memorials:

Biography

Darwin Boelts, 57, of Cedar Falls, died Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.

We said goodbye-for-now to Darwin Boelts on Friday, July 12, 2019, and our hearts will never be the same for having known and loved him. He was born on September 19th, 1961 to LaVern and Marion Boelts, in Wellsburg, IA.  With two older brothers – Ron Boelts (Iowa Falls) and Leon (Phyllis) Boelts (Wellsburg), Darwin enjoyed growing up on the farm, particularly since it meant being in charge of burning the trash barrel contents.  His childhood “fire management” shaped him, and led him straight into a rewarding and challenging 30-year firefighting career with Waterloo Fire Rescue. 

Darwin married Maribeth Condon on August 1st, 1983, and they enjoyed 35 devoted, happy years together. They were graced with three children,  Adam (Janelle) Bolts of Cedar Falls, Hanna (Noah) Henscheid of Des Moines, and Will (Nouran Boelts Othman) of Cedar Falls.  In addition, Darwin was smitten and so proud to be a grandpa to Leo and Della Bolts, and Abe and Layla Henscheid.  Along with special nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, there were no in-laws, truly-- just brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, moms and dads. A wide circle of close friends were considered family too.

Darwin could best be described by five words.  He was faithful, kind, humble, fun, and brave.  Faithful to Jesus, first and foremost. Kind in the steady, quiet, generous ways he served his family, friends, neighbors, and complete strangers. Humble in how he listened, and put other people’s needs before his own. And whether on the golf course, chucking a snowball, making up spontaneous games with the grandkids, or sitting around a campfire with his fellow firefighters-- he knew the ingredients for fun. Lastly, Darwin was brave. When it came to all things fire, rescue, and more recently, the beast of brain cancer and its recurrence, he was inspiringly, consistently fearless and without complaint. In his spirit of helping others, it was Darwin’s desire to donate his body to Mayo Hospitals and Clinics, with the prayer that cancer research will lead to cancer cures.

He was preceded in death by his father, LaVern Boelts, and his father-in-law, Gerald Condon.

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  1. Ruth Yan | Jul 17, 2019

     Maribeth and Will, your family are in my thoughts and prayers! This beautiful obituary inspired and encouraged us to be kind to others in need!

    Meribeth, you have raised excellent children---I feel very proud of you as a Mom.  May God bless you in all

  2. Ann | Jul 16, 2019
    What a brave and hard fought battle. Darwin's life well-lived. So sorry he is gone.
  3. Matthew Russell | Jul 14, 2019
    Maribeth was my teacher in preschool - I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.  
  4. keith zimmerman | Jul 14, 2019
    sorry to hear about Darwin, rest in peace
  5. keith zimmerman | Jul 14, 2019
    sorry to hear about Darwin, rest in peace..
  6. scott evans | Jul 14, 2019
    Rest in peace brother firefighter.
  7. Roger Zimmerman | Jul 13, 2019
    I cannot begin to say how saddened i am for the family. Darwin and i were childhood friends and neighbors. He will always be remembered.
  8. Joan Krafka Meany | Jul 13, 2019

    Maribeth and family,

    My sincere condolences to each of you at this sorrowful time. May your Christian faith, loving family, supportive friends and many fond memories provide you with comfort. MaribethI worked with your mom at St. Francis back in the day and recognized your name from herfamily stories. 

  9. Sharelle | Jul 13, 2019
    Maribeth, this beautiful obituary brought tears to my eyes. Please accept my sympathy for your loss. Many hugs and prayers.

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