James Kenneth Boustead was born August 22, 1930, to Harry H. and Banie Marie (O'Banion) Boustead in Woodbine, Iowa. He attended country school and Woodbine High School graduating in 1948. Jim began working at the Harrison County REC trimming trees. He enlisted in the US Army and after a physical, he was not accepted. He took care of his physical condition and was later drafted into the US Army and served in California. After his honorable discharge, he returned to work for the Harrison County REC and worked his way up to Line Superintendent and retired from there. Jim married Patricia Joan Wakehouse Castro on June 4, 1967, at the Woodbine First United Methodist Church.
Jim was a member of the United Methodist Church. He loved to play golf, watch NASCAR, and take fishing trips to Minnesota and to South Dakota. He also enjoyed woodworking. Jim was a long time member of the Woodbine Fire Department and served as the Fire Chief.
Jim died Friday, August 4, 2017, at the West Haven Community Nursing Home in Boone, Iowa at the age of 86 years, 11 months and 13 days.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and their wives, Max & Barbara Boustead, Harry "Jack" & Dorothy Boustead and Bob & Louise Boustead; sister and her husband, Betty & Jim Pugsley; and three siblings-in-law, James Reynolds, Max Poe, and Betty Boustead. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Joan Boustead of Boone, IA; five children: Richard (Kum) Castro of San Antonio, TX, Cynthia (Paul) Marsh of Twin Falls, ID, Jeanne Castro of Scottsdale, AZ, Robert (Tammy) Castro of Steamboat Springs, CO, James (Tanya) Boustead of Boone, IA; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother, Lyle Boustead of Cottage Grove, OR; two sisters, Donna Reynolds and Mary Poe both of Woodbine, IA; and many other relatives and friends.