James "Jim" Joy BoyengaJuly 6, 1937 ~ November 5, 2017 (age 80)
James "Jim" Joy Boyenga, 80, athlete, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, PE teacher, coach and friend of Merced, California passed away on November 5, 2017 in Turlock, California.
A memorial service will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1455 E Yosemite Avenue, Merced, California on November 10, 2017 at 10 AM with Pastor Dorothy Lindstrom officiating. Lunch reception will follow the service. Graveside service will be at Evergreen Memorial Park, 1480 B Street, Merced at 2 PM. Visitation will be held at Ivers and Alcorn, 901 W Main Street, Merced on November 9, 2017 from 6 - 8 PM. Ivers and Alcorn will be handling the funeral arrangements.
Jim was born in Waterloo, Iowa on July 6, 1937. He lived with his parents, Joy Andrew Boyenga and Ella Lauretta Block Boyenga, attending schools in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Jim graduated with a BA from Wartburg College in 1960 and taught Drivers Education and Physical Education and other subjects for one year in Martelle, Iowa. He also taught in Moorhead and Guthrie Center, Iowa for three years. Jim worked as a Summer Playground Supervisor and met his future wife, Christine Buckingham, during the training. They were married in 1963 and have celebrated fifty-four years together.
They moved to Sparks, Nevada and worked with his father at the Viking Pump Company Warehouse for one and a half years. Jim applied for teaching jobs in northern Nevada and California and took the job of Adaptive Physical Education Teacher at Dos Palos High School teaching for one year. In 1967 Jim began teaching Physical Education and coaching at Weaver Elementary School near Merced, California. Jim retired from teaching in 1997. Before and after his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with Christine and was able to visit many different places. He kept himself busy with golf, bowling, fishing, watching sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed spending time with the grandkids whether that was vacations, playing golf or watching them play sports. One of his favorite hobbies was going to garage or estate sales to find treasures to keep, give as gifts or resell at his own garage sales. He was proud of his nine hole in ones, most of them at Merced Golf & Country Club.
He is survived by his wife Christine Anne Boyenga, son Curtis Jay Boyenga, daughter Joy Boyenga Pressly, daughter-in-law Ana Luisa Boyenga, grandchildren Elizabeth Joy Pressly, David Patrick Pressly, Hunter Jay Boyenga, Ella Luisa Boyenga and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins .Memorial donations may be made to the Jim Boyenga Weaver School Scholarship Fund or Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to everyone who was a part of Jim's life.