Maurice Wayne Boney, 96, of Johnstown, Colorado, passed away May 2, 2015.
He was born January 24, 1919 in Sac City, Iowa, the son of Harry and Minnie (Tiffin) Boney. Mr. Boney was a graduate of Lytton High School, Lytton, Iowa and Iowa State University with a degree in Animal Husbandry. Active in college sports, he played with the Iowa State Polo team all four years and was their captain during his senior year.
Following graduation, Mr. Boney served with the Army Air Corps from June 1941 through December, 1945. Captain Boney was part of the 485th Bomb Group in 1944 serving as the 829th squadron leader flying missions over Italy, Germany, Austria and Yugoslavia in a B-24. During a bombing raid to Wiener-Neustadt, Austria in May of 1944, his aircraft was forced to ditch in the Adriatic Sea. The ten man crew all managed to reach a raft despite heavy shelling from the Germans on an island about a half mile away. Maurice credited their survival to two British Spitfires who circled over them for two hours until they were picked up by a fast torpedo boat of the British Royal Navy. Maurice went on to fly many more missions before he returned to the U.S. in August of 1944 and he often shared stories of his military service with family and friends. Maurice eventually attained the rank of Major, in the Army Reserves.
On September 19, 1944, Maurice married Margaret Elizabeth Whitney, in her home town of Wessington Springs, South Dakota. She preceded him in death in 1991.
Mr. Boney was in the Cattle Industry throughout his working career. From 1957 to 1970, he and his family lived in Storm Lake, Iowa where he owned the Northwest Iowa Livestock Exchange at Alta, Iowa. In 1970, he moved to Colorado where he began developing his own breed of cattle, using imported Irish bulls, thereby establishing and trademarking a new breed of cattle named "Irish Blacks." Mr. Boney continued to devote all of his efforts to improve the performance of his purebred Irish Blacks and propel them to become some of the best performing cattle in the country. He became very well respected within the agricultural community for his contribution and well regarded as an expert in beef cattle genetics. The breed continues to grow in popularity today and Mr. Boney is credited for it’s success due to his skill in raising quality cattle.
In addition to his wife, those preceding Maurice in death were his parents; his brother, Harold E. Boney and wife Ruth; his sister, Loretta Conley and her husbands Donald Lewis and Joe Conley; a nephew Rex Lewis and niece, Renae Jesse; his parents-in-law, Harry and Jesse Whitney; his brother-in-law, Wyman Whitney and wife, Claire; his sister-in-law, Harriet Porter and husband, Donald; his sister-in-law Carol Crull and husband Ford.
Mr. Boney is survived by his daughter, Carol E. Boney; son, Maurice Whitney Boney and wife, Sharon and two grandsons, Grant Whitney Boney and Michael Benjamin Boney, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.