Jerry Obrey Boord, age 74, of Leon, Iowa, the son of Cloyd Obrey and Helen Maurine (Eastin) Boord, was born April 7, 1949, in Leon, Iowa. He died on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Osceola, Iowa.
Jerry grew up southeast of Leon and attended school in both Lineville and Leon, Iowa. Following graduation from high school in Leon in 1967, he attended Indian Hills Community College for a two year mechanics program.
Jerry was united in marriage to high school sweetheart, Judy Ann Hembry, on April 12, 1969. They made their home in Leon and were blessed with two sons, William “Bill” and Michael “Mike”.
Jerry and Richard Decker were hired on the crew to build the State DOT building. Upon its completion, Jerry started farming with his dad, Cloyd. Eventually they traded homes so Jerry and Judy were on the farm and his parents in town. Jerry began working at MFA while living at the farm before moving back into town in 1992. He also worked at Circle A and Petty Custom Feeding. On his 65th birthday in 2014, he went to work at Mueller in Osceola and retired in December 2022.
Jerry served several years on the Central Decatur School Board. He was very proud that he was the board president who cut the ribbon for the opening of the new high school in 1985. He enjoyed time keeping and spotting for the Central Decatur football games.
Jerry was a very supportive dad and papa. He was especially proud of his two sons whether it involved their high school sporting accolades or their personal accomplishments as they grew up. He attended as many of his grandkid’s events as possible and was always their number one fan. His love of sports didn’t stop there, it continued with him watching his nieces, nephews, and even great nieces and nephews sporting events as well.
Jerry loved to tease and joke with everyone he ran into. He never told his grandkids no, even when he probably should have. He loved to go dancing with Judy and have weekend card games with his parents or Helen Mae and Ronald. Jerry enjoyed traveling and made lots of memories on the trips to Michigan, out West, Hawaii, and Washington D.C.. He never missed attending the Leon Rodeo with the family up in the northwest corner of the stands and loved explaining what was going on. He enjoyed helping on the Hamaker farm and just plain visiting with Bill (and Sharon). You could always find him enjoying a variety of westerns and sports on the television as well as reading the Leon Journal-Reporter in his chair.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Cloyd and Helen; special grandma, Mae Pace; in-laws, Betty Mullins and Myron Hembry; and sister-in-law, Sharon Peck. Survivors include his wife, Judy Boord of Leon; sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Angie Boord of Urbandale, Iowa and Mike and Julie Boord of Kansas City, Missouri; five grandkids, Stephanie Boord and fiance, Ross Kramer of Kansas City, Missouri, Justin Boord and significant other, Ruth Hruska, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Lindsey Boord and fiance, Kyle Boisen, Cassidy Boord, and Brennan Boord, all of Kansas City, Missouri; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Sharon Boord of Leon; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Jack Parsons of Leon; siblings-in-law, Barb & Dick Toney and Carolyn Simbro of Leon, Connie & Dwight Edgington of High Point, North Carolina, and Wayne & Penny Hembry of Albany, Missouri; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 15, 2024. A visitation gathering will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. Burial in Leon Cemetery, will be at a later date.