Alan Ernest Boley
Nov 05,1923---Jan 04,2021

Alan Ernest Boley died on Monday, January 4th, 2021 age 97. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, two children, Stuart (Lisa) and Karen, son-in-law Dave, and 5 grandchildren, Cait, Luke, Colleen, Andres, and Nick. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Ino (Wintersteen), a daughter, Susan, and his siblings, Richard Montel and Jean Adair.

Alan graduated cum laude from the University of Wichita with a BS in Chemistry. Thereafter, Alan served with distinction as an officer in the U.S Navy, stationed on a submarine chaser (PC-1132) in the South Pacific, during the later stages of the Second World War. Upon return to civilian life, Alan furthered his passion for inorganic chemistry and obtained an MS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

Alan married Eleanor Bingham in Wichita, Kansas in 1949, and they moved to New Jersey, embarking on the first of 71 years together.  In 1955, Alan and Eleanor returned to Kansas, settling in Lenexa, where they raised their three children and lived until the present.  Alan worked as a commercial chemist for Merck & Co. in New Jersey, and HaverLockhart and WestAgro Chemical in Kansas City, Missouri. 

In 1981, Alan organized a group of fellow opera aficionados, or “Grasshoppers” as they would be known over the years.  The Grasshoppers would travel every summer to opera performances in Iowa and other locations in the Midwest.  Over the years, Alan shared his deep passion for music and opera with the many Grasshoppers, and helped inspire others to organize around their hobbies and passions.

In 1983, Alan founded an agricultural supplement company, Bolentica, Inc., to enhance cattle feed with an iodine supplement. He designed the manufacturing system and patented, manufactured and delivered his product, Iomate, to various cattle feed distributors across eastern Kansas.  He was always careful to not exceed the speed limit.

In 1995, Alan and Eleanor moved to Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas, where they continued their community engagement.  For many years, Alan edited the “Lakeview Journal” which included interviews with new residents.  Alan also founded “The Lazarus Project” which aimed to teach residents computing skills and refurbished donated corporate computers, enabling community computer education.  After 2010, Alan became a lead producer of the Lakeview Village resident broadcast TV channel, “Channel 4.”  As part of the programming, Alan curated the musical accompaniment, often classical in nature, along with photographic submissions from residents, usually of their travels around the world.  He was also an important part of the Lakeview discussion group "Voices" which brought many speakers to Lakeview.  In 2015, Alan led the curation of the exhibit celebrating 50 years of Lakeview Village History, helping the community celebrate its history. Until his last days, Alan cheered for the Chiefs and relished their Super Bowl Victory.  All the while, Alan and Eleanor maintained their dedication to civic duty, voter advocacy, and public awareness of local, regional, national and international political affairs.  He will be deeply missed.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, 1725 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO.  64108 or at: kcopera.org/support/

 

A Celebration of Life for Alan is planned for:

 



Condolences

Kay Griffith Jan 25 ,2021

Eleanor's cousin ,Tualatin ,Oregon

We were so sorry to hear that Alan had passed away. Even though I only say them a few times, Eleanor often called my sister when I was visiting her in Montana, and I enjoyed getting updates on how they were doing. He was so incredibly active in so many things. I know he will be dearly missed by all his family. My deepest condolences go out to Eleanor as I know it will be difficult for her without Alan. May he rest in peace! Kay & Dwight Griffith