Joel Boeving Sr.

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Joel L. Boeving, Sr., 70, of Smithton, IL, born August 17, 1953, in Belleville, IL, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2024, in Shiloh, IL, surrounded by his loving family.

Joel was a 1971 graduate of Freeburg Community High School and 1974 graduate of Ranken Technical College. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years and retired from Broadway Ford after 37 years as a Transmission Mechanic.

He has served proudly on the Smithton Zoning Board, Smithton Village Board, Smithton Grade School Board, and most recently has been appointed to both the FSH Water Commission and SLM Water Commission.

Joel was a past Commander of the Smithton American Legion GEM Post 937 and past President and Treasurer of the Smithton Turner Society. He was also a dedicated member of the St. John’s United Church of Christ and enjoyed being a member of the Smithton Historical Society.

Joel was an avid sports fan and throughout his life enjoyed attending both his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and participated in numerous golf leagues. A special thanks to Gary Huwer, Curt Gericke, Don “Moose” Elkins, Dick Mense, Willis Steiger, and Rick Weygandt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Alice, nee Waeltz, Boeving; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Delmar and Nina, nee Troutman, Harbison; a brother, Richard “Dick” Boeving; two brothers-in-law, Tony Becherer and Jim Bazzel; and a sister-in-law, Karon Harbison.

Surviving are his wife of almost 50 years, Deborah, nee Harbison, Boeving, whom he married on June 28, 1974; a daughter, Jamie (Chris) Joseph and a son, Joel (Holly) Boeving; three grandchildren, Olivia Joseph, Amelia “Mia” Boeving, and Brooks Boeving; a sister, Kathy Ruhmann; a brother, Kent (Debra) Boeving; two sisters-in-law, Kay Bazzel and Carol Boeving; a brother-in-law, Gary Harbison; along with numerous nieces and nephews and many loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted in Joe’s memory to the Freeburg Baseball and Softball hitting facility. Checks can be made out to FCHS77: Memo: Baseball/Softball facility. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. An American Legion ritual will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Funeral: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Brian Damrow officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL.


21 Comments on Joel Boeving Sr.

Carolyn Karasek Needles said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 5:37 PM

Kathy and family, So sorry for the loss of your brother. He left a wonderful legacy. May you find inner peace in knowing he touched so many lives.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rita Baker said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 8:11 AM

Sorry I'm not there today to honor my wonderful friend. Please know that I loved him dearly and will miss him very much.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jane Oeltjen Self said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 10:31 AM

I only had a few chances to see Joe in the years since we returned to the area, but he always had a smile. My family mourns his passing and I pray God grants you all peace knowing you will meet again someday. Hugs!

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Bob and Diane Mueller said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2024 at 6:09 PM

Please accept our sympathy. It was our honor to know him. He was a pillar of the community. Joe will be missed by all.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Gary & Karen Joseph said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2024 at 9:34 AM

We are so sorry to learn of Joe's passing. Our prayers are with the Boeving family. Joe was one of the great men!

  • Westcliffe
  • Colorado
Gary and Denise Ebers said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2024 at 7:30 PM

Gary and I are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers will be with his familh.

  • IL
Dora Becker said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2024 at 1:07 PM

My sympathies to you and your family but he will be at peace and no more suffering. He did a lot for your community and was a wonderful man and friend to all who knew him, God bless.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Karla Lippert said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2024 at 12:08 PM

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I didn't know Joel well but he always had a smile for me. May you memories and knowing that you will be together again give you comfort and peace during this difficult.time.

  • Smithron
  • Illinois
Lucy Rubenacker said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2024 at 10:13 AM

My deepest sympathy for you and your families loss. Sending prayers.

  • Island Lake
  • Illinois
Sandy McClelland said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2024 at 9:25 AM

Debi, Jamie, Joel and family- My heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to your family. With all he had going on health wise, he never let it stop him from being the best husband, dad and grandpa. May he rest easily now and you find comfort knowing he is at peace in the arms of God.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Edward Groth said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2024 at 8:13 AM

Thinking of you and your family.

  • Richmond
  • KY
Mary Vielweber (Schlesinger) said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2024 at 3:59 PM

Debi, So very sorry to hear about Joe. Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Sending hugs,

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jerry and Elaine Sodam said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2024 at 2:58 PM

We were so sorry to hear of Joel’s passing. He was a wonderful man and friend. Condolences to Debi, Jamie and Joel and families. He will be greatly missed.

  • Fishers
  • IN
Tony&suzanne LoBosco said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2024 at 12:46 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the Boeving family. It was a joy knowing Joel what a good person.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Michelle Favre Feurer said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2024 at 12:36 PM

I am so sorry. I always enjoyed seeing you both and know I share in your loss. Please reach out if you need anything. Sending prayers and love.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Patti Hettenhausen Reiss said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2024 at 9:40 AM

Debi Deepest Sympathy to you and your family. In my thoughts and prayers.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Anthony Taylor said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2024 at 12:45 AM

My condolences to the family of Joe boeving. A good friend and coworker for 27 years. Your friendship will be remembered as well as the good and bad times shared on the job. Go with God My friend. Tony Taylor

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Diana Borger-Savoia said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2024 at 11:04 PM

Debi and family , Please know , my heart is aching for all ...and I'm sending my sympathies.. ~~Diana Borger-Savoia~~🌹🌿🌹🌿🌹🌿

  • Belleville
  • ILL.
Patti Kinkel-Irvin said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2024 at 3:50 PM

Deb, sending all my Love & Prayers to you & your family. God Bless Patti

  • IL
Kevin & Cindy Schilling said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2024 at 3:29 PM

Our deepest condolences to Debi, Jamie, & Joel & family. We have many wonderful memories of the times we spent together. God Bless. Kevin & Cindy Schilling

  • Brisbane
  • Queensland
Joann Bay said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2024 at 1:07 PM

Debi & Family, Joe fought a long hard battle with his health problems and his family was right by his side the whole time. Know he loved going to Olivia's many sport activities and Debi you made sure he got to be there. My deepest sympathy and know our husbands are resting in a better place than here on earth. Take care of yourself. Love, Joann

  • Belleville
  • IL

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