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Leonard F. 'Boots' Niekamp

Leonard F. 'Boots' Niekamp

Every farmer puts his land to rest for the winter. And in the spring, it is brought back to life. God put this farmer to rest and he walks the horizon to a new life.

Leonard F. "Boots" Niekamp, 92, of rural Quincy, died at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2nd at the family home surrounded by his loving family.

Boots was born on November 1, 1928 in Quincy, IL. He was the son of William A. and Fredericka Ahlemeier Niekamp. He married Dorothy Wiewel on September 1, 1948 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Married for 70 years, she preceded him in death.

Boots began working at the age of 13 as a semi-truck driver for his father who owned and operated Niekamp Trucking Business, which was started in 1923. He was driving the Quincy to Chicago route at the age of 17.
Shortly after he married Dorothy, he bought his home farm which he farmed for over 50 years. He first farmed with his brothers Howard and Richard. The three brothers had one of the largest farming operations in the area at that time doing custom harvesting and filling silos for the neighbors and baling hay for Moorman's.
Later in years he began to raise over 100 head of Black Angus Cattle along with feeder hogs and growing soybeans, corn, wheat and hay.

Boots was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 60 years, past member of the Loyal order of the Moose and Eagles. He was a lifelong member of St. Edwards Church and a trustee for 19 years.
Boots was on the school board of Unit 4 school district for 9 years, 2 years he served as President giving his daughter Susan her diploma.

He was involved in several Euchre Tournaments over the years. Winning first place with Lloyd Wiewel at the Grove Inn.

Boots and his long-time friend and neighbor Jack Blickhan were always in Cahoots with one another on different projects. One such project was when they decided to brew 50 gallons of root beer. After many hours of bottling and storing the bottles in the old chicken house, the bottles all exploded! No one even got a taste!
Boots and Dorothy along with his niece Jane Leffers and her husband, Floyd enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas and various casinos around the area. He mainly played blackjack and walked away a winner.

Boots was a car salesman's worst nightmare! He negotiated the buying and trading of over 75 cars and trucks for family and friends. He was always working to get the best deal.




Boots is survived by:
HIS CHILDREN: Diana (Jerry) Yaeger of Edwards, IL; David (Linda) Niekamp of Coatsburg, IL; Susan (Tom) Herrick of Elmhurst, IL; Connie (Michael) O'Neal of Quincy; Rex (Betty) Niekamp of Quincy and Alan (Karen) Niekamp also of Quincy.
HIS GRANDCHILDREN: Michael (Jennifer) Warren; Monica (Fred) Trowbridge; Brian (Bobbette) Niekamp; Brent (Linda) Niekamp; Brandon (Jamie) Niekamp; Jason (Caitlin) Herrick; Cory (Kiley Maas) Herrick; Jenny (Seth) Manchik; Jamie (Benjamin) Hamilton; Bradley (Emily) Baum; Lindsey (John) Kelly; Lucas (Trent Beatty) Niekamp; Lance (Shannon) Niekamp; Vince (Erin) Niekamp; and Saran Niekamp.
HIS GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Dylan Trowbridge; Tyler Schindler; Kadin Niekamp; Kale Niekamp; Rowan Herrick; Aiden Herrick; Rylie Manchik; Devyn Manchik; Eleanor Hamilton; Isabel Hamilton; Nolan Kelly; Lydia Kelly, Bentley Niekamp and Carson LeonardLewis Niekamp.
SISTER: Erma Taylor and a SISTER-IN-LAW: Faye Niekamp Orr.
Mr. Niekamp was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, three brothers, Howard Niekamp, Richard Niekamp and Sonny Niekamp; and a sister, Wilma Mosley.

Leonard's family would like to thank the caregivers at Blessing Hospice for the loving care that they gave Leonard while he was under their care.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:00 Am in St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon. Interment in Quincy Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the mass at 11:00. Anyone planning on attending is asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing. Memorials may be made to Blessing Foundation for Hospice or to the Knights of Columbus TV Mass for shut ins. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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From:
Kathy Kinney Koehler
Rocheport, MO
Comments:
I was so sorry to read of Boots' passing. It was good to see him at Marge's funeral last year and I was so surprised that he remembered me. I spent many a time with Jane and Judy so I have very fond memories of being around Boots and Dorothy.
From:
Marjorie Hyer
Mendon, IL
Comments:
Sympathy and love to you all. Such a fine family and so many memories of the good and bad day. God is good. Marge Hyer
From:
Donald Hilgenbrinck
Quincy, IL
Comments:
I am so sorry for your loss. Know that my prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
From:
Meredith Achelpohl
Prosperity, SC
Comments:
So sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing him when we come to visit. Always so much fun!
From:
Jacalyn Bowen
Mt. Sterling, IL
Comments:
So sorry Connie! Dads are very special & hard to lose!! Love & prayers to all the family🙏
From:
Mecki Kosin
Quincy, IL
Comments:
So sorry to learn this! Thoughts and prayers for all of you!
From:
Tom and Pam Hamilton
Chatham, IL
Comments:
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers go out to you and your family!!!
From:
R2, Caroline and Mensita
Springfield, PA
Comments:
We are so sorry for your loss. Lots of love.
From:
Stanley Feather and Chris Shillestad
Northfield, IL
Comments:
We are so sorry for you and your family loss
May his memory always be with you
From:
Sheryl & Terry Harrison
Camp Point, IL
Comments:
We send our sincerest condolences to all the family for your great loss. May God, our Heavenly Father, bless each one of you with His peace and comfort during your time of mourning.
From:
Seth Manchik
Overland Park, KS
Comments:
Boots - I like so many will miss your sense of humor, your Arab-trader like aptitude for car-buying, and your limitless home improvement knowledge which rubbed off on me greatly over the years. I will never forget beating you at poker by a single card digit, nor will I forget the laughs & endless intellectual discussion we shared with your cousin Jarrell that Thanksgiving of 2008. My twin-sisters will always appreciate your kosher alert warning(s) as well. Love, Seth
From:
Jannel and Mark VonderHaar
Palmyra, MO
Comments:
Thoughts and prayers for your family. I have so many fun memories with your family.
From:
Eunice Carolan Stagner
Pelham, AL
Comments:
So sorry for your loss. He, as well as your mother, was a great neighbor and friend. May he rest in peace.
From:
KAREN CHRISTENSEN
INGLESIDE, IL
Comments:
Carl and I are so sorry for your loss. Our sympathies to the entire family.
From:
Dennis and Debbie Powell
Quincy, IL
Comments:
So sorry for your loss. We have some nice memories of Boots and Dorothy. May God grant you comfort and peace during your time of loss and sorrow.
From:
Marcia Salerno
Westmont, IL
Comments:
Sue, Tom and Family, Jamie and I am so sorry for your loss.
Love and peace,
Marcia