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Couple ‘Couldn’t Bear To Be Apart More Than One Week,’ Widow Dies Hours Before Congressman’s Funeral

LAMONI, Iowa  — Leonard and Dody Boswell would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on September 2nd. Instead on Saturday, friends and family gathered in Lamoni for both of their funerals.

The Boswells endured health battles over the past decade. Dody was already ill in the hospital on August 17th, when Leonard, the former 16-year Congressman died. Just hours before his funeral Saturday, she died. So family members changed original plans and held a joint funeral for the couple, a fitting celebration of their union together.

“Dody couldn’t bear to be apart more than one week, ” said Scott Ourth, a former Boswell campaign staffer and current Democratic state representative from Ackworth.

Ourth officiated the service at Graceland University, where the couple met as students.

A few hundred people attended the service. That included some of the most well-known political figures of the state over the past half century.

Retired U.S. Senator Tom and Ruth Harkin (he spoke during the service)

U.S. Congressmen David Young and Dave Loebsack

Former U.S. Congressmen Neal Smith and Bruce Braley

Governor Kim Reynolds

Attorney General Tom Miller 

Numerous current and former state legislators

Interment took place at Rose Hill Cemetery.