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Peter Albertus Boelens

Peter Albertus Boelens
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Peter Albertus Boelens

June 9, 2017

Service Details
The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral services beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Hohner Funeral Home.           

Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.                                   

Obituary Notice

Peter A. Boelens, M.D. (83) of Vicksburg, Mississippi, went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2017, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Born to Peter and Charlotte (Doezema) Boelens in Lansing, Illinois, Peter began his career as a medical missionary in South Korea and continued his work in Mississippi, developing the Cary Christian Center in Cary, Mississippi, as well as 22 Christian medical-evangelistic programs in various countries around the world as executive director of the Luke Society. In retirement, he and wife Eleanor began a prayer ministry and published a research study showing the healing power of prayer in transforming the lives of over 60 participants suffering from anxiety and depression. In addition, he published a groundbreaking study with Baylor Medical Center using fMRI that showed significant brain changes following healing prayer. He and Eleanor wrote and published three books: Delta Doc, Where Next Lord?, and Released to Soar. He enjoyed fishing, photography, and brain research. Fueled by his deep love for God, he was passionate that everyone would experience the power and healing touch of Jesus in their lives.


In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters Sheila Van Oyen and Alice Vander Velde and son-in-law Chris Kingma. He is survived by wife Eleanor; daughters Patricia (Robert) DeVries of Exelsior, MN; Brenda (fiancé Satish Maripuri) Boelens of Bolton, MA; Deborah (James) Visser and Sara (Joel) DeVries both of Grand Rapids, MI; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and sister Frances (Ronald) Redder of Grand Rapids, MI. His wife will miss witnessing his daily meditation in God’s Word and his focused energy; his daughters his humor and joyous nature; and his grandkids his pancake breakfasts, tall tales, and fishing. Friends and colleagues will miss his generous spirit and example as a Godly man.


A memorial service will be held on July 9 at Triumph Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi, with visitation at 3:00 p.m. and service at 4:00 p.m.


Memorials may be made to The Parent-Child Program at Cary Christian Center, P.O. Box 57, Cary, MS 39054; or the Luke Society, 3409 S. Gateway Blvd., Sioux Falls, SD 57106,

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6 comments on article "Peter Albertus Boelens"

Jack/Jane Van Zytveld

Will you come and follow me, if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?

Will you let my name be shown, will you let my name be known,

will you let my life be grown in you, and you in me?

And Peter answered - Yes. (A Hymn from the Iona Community in Scotland)

Kathleen Oppenhuizen

Dear Eleanor and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss of Peter. The time Ed and I spent in Vicksburg working with you and Peter was a significant and meaningful time. I remember Peter as a godly man, a person with passion for God and His Kingdom. His contribution in the medical field and in prayer ministry was and is a blessing and witness to the love of God. May you be comforted in Christ. With love, Kathy Oppenhuizen

Connie McCullough

Dear Eleanor and all your family: you have been much in my prayers daily, and I will continue to pray. I keep thinking about what it must be like for Peter now as he enjoys his full inheritance. “But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"—”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

But we have a limited perspective, so I know you are feeling great loss. So I pray that the Comforter will be with you as Jesus promised.

Linda Geleynse Beld

Eleanor and family,

In the 3 years I worked directly with Pete in The Luke Society office, I know without a doubt he was greeted by the Lord Himself saying, "Well done my good and faithful servant!" Pete's life portrayed a true example of love ~ love for his family, love for the indigent and most of all love for his Lord and Savior. He will be greatly missed but his legacy will live on in the lives of all of us who loved him. My thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with all of you!

Douglas Irvin

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15

Peter has now heard those glorious words of our Lord: "Well done thou good and faithful servant"

Philip K David

In July 1996 Brenda & I began a journey that only dreams are made of & that lasted almost 19 years. In September we first met Pete & Eleanor in MS and by November, I had moved to Vicksburg to work for Pete w/the Luke Society. In January, Brenda & our 2 sons moved to VB as well.

What a visionary...what obedient servants of our God...what a blessing to have known him & to know Eleanor. Thanks Pete...and Eleanor too for allowing us to be part of "Where Next Lord?" I am sure the Lord Jesus greeted Pete with "well done good & faithful servant...many lives were touched in my name."

He will remain in our family's memories & Eleanor, in our prayers. May God continue to richly bless you & your family with His presence, peace, & comfort.

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