- February 16, 1938 - January 3, 2013
- Merrill, Wisconsin
of James' Passing
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“i think most all us guys in the neighborhood had a secret crush on harriet 1956 or earlier.. then we watched jim walk her home from H.S. carrying...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Chuck Klebenow - Denver, CO
“so sorry for your loss harriet--Jim was a good guy and will be sorely missed
2 of 28 | Posted by: john and deb thiel - indiantown, FL
“We always enjoyed working in Lionism with PDG Jim.
3 of 28 | Posted by: PDG ED Filemyr & Lion Sara - NM
“Harriett, Betty and I were saddened to hear of Jim's passing, and want you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you deal...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Russ Haling - WI
“Harriett- Lois and I were saddened to here of the passing of Jim. Knowing Jim from high school days, I cannot remember when he did not love you. At...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Tom Hanson - Rhinelander, WI
“Our thoughts are with the family. We've been gone from Merrill for 13 years so lost touch, but remember Jim as honest and forthright. He will be...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Jerry & Maty Boettcher - WI
“Kitty & I send our sincere condolences to the Jim Boettcher family. Jim, Harriet, Kitty, & I shared a special year together in 1998 & 1999 as...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Lee & Kitty Ruska - Iron River, WI
“Thoughts and Prayers to Harriet & Family. Jim will be sadly missed. Dave & Corrine
8 of 28 | Posted by: PDG Dave Sievert - Appleton, WI
“Great guy. Great debater. Dedicated teacher and a man committed to his community. He achieved that which we all seek a life giving to others. Al...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Al and Ruth Kromhoz - SEBRING, FL
“Working with Jim in Lions was a great experience. Harriet was a joy and both inspired us to be better people.
10 of 28 | Posted by: Allen and Pat Wortz - Appleton, WI
“My acquaintances with Lion Jim are a value that will be missed. Please accept sincere condolences from my family and me. Roger & Judy Weber
11 of 28 | Posted by: Lion Roger L Weber - Sayner, WI
“Jim was a great person and a real asset to the community. He will be missed by many people. Our condolences for your loss.
12 of 28 | Posted by: Jeff & Barb Peterson - Merrill, WI
“Harriet and family, we are very sad to hear of Jim's passing. He was a wonderful person, someone we've always admired. We have many fond memories...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Art & Jo Marson - La Crosse, WI
“Only new Lion Jim for a short time but he always had a smile and a hand shake when we would meet.
14 of 28 | Posted by: PDG Dick Helbach - Waupaca, WI
“Special Thoughts and Prayers for James his family and friends and for Harriet accept my condolances and heartfelt sypathies at this time. I didn't...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Peter J Hanson - Wausau, WI
“Harriet, I'm so sorry to hear of Jims passing. I know he has had health issues for some time but this is so sad. I always admired Jim as a great guy...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: PCC Bill Taubman - Shell Lake, WI
“Harriet Our prayers go out to you and your family. It was a blessing to know you and Jim - we had many good times with you. Collecting Dept 56...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Jim & Marla Schroeder - WI
“Dear Harriet, Gregg, Brad, and Pam, You are a wonderful family and a very special part of our lives on Glen Drive. Jim was a great father and friend...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Ann Slewitzke Stuart - Sacramento, CA
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Boettcher family.
19 of 28 | Posted by: Terry Schwantes - Slinger, WI
“Gregg and Joan and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family.
20 of 28 | Posted by: Carla Wilmoth - Amherst, OH
“We are thinking of you and your family, Harriet. Our sympathy to you all. Lion Dennis & Patti
21 of 28 | Posted by: Dennis & Patti Christianson - WI
“It is sad to hear of your family's loss, you have my sympathy-Jim was one of a kind. I so enjoyed working with Jim at MAPS, along with being a...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: John Kaufman - Oberursel
“Mrs. Boettcher, Greg, Brad, and Pam, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. I think he was a great guy and he will surely be missed. May God be with you...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Jim Pyan - Cedar Rapids, IA
“Jim was an amazing man...wise, compassionate, and absolutely dedicated to the well-being and education of children. He was always so proud of his...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Karen Wendorf-Heldt - Harrison, WI
“Dear Boettcher family, Jim will truly be missed by all those he touched throughout his giving life. He truly lived what he taught. It was a...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Laurie (Annis) Thiel - Merrill, WI
“Boettcher Family: I'm very, very sorry for your loss... My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family....
26 of 28 | Posted by: Randy Massoglia - Milton, WI
“So much accomplished, so many lives touched..... I have such warm memories of your family....my heartfelt condolences on your loss. Keeping all of...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Sandi (Schneider) Lehky - MI
“So very sorry for your loss. You all are in our prayers & thoughts.
28 of 28 | Posted by: Mark & Lori (Hass) Sittler - IL
Obituary of James Allen Boettcher James Allen Boettcher, 2718 Glen Drive, Merrill, died on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after a long struggle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Disease. Jim was born on February 16, 1938 in Merrill, son of the late Arthur and Esther (Johr) Boettcher. He married Harriet J. Degner on August 24, 1957. Jim is survived by his wife Harriet, his sons Gregory Allen (Joan Gilgenbach), Bay Village, Ohio and Bradley Scott (Amy Nolan), Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and daughter Pamela (Daniel Dahm), Tualatin, Oregon. Gregg and Joan have two children; Jaclyn (Christopher) Moore of Bay Village, and Stephan (Emily) Boettcher, Canyon Country, California, and one great grandchild Madeline Marie Moore. Brad and Amy have two children, Eric and Peter. Pam and Dan have three boys, Jacob, Jeremy and Cameron. He is further survived by his brother Jerry (Carol) Boettcher of Appleton, WI and their children, Jeffrey (Nancy) Boettcher, Appleton , and Julee (Paul) McVicker, Madison, WI, and his Sister-in-Law Carol (Boettcher) Heyel and her children Laura (Boettcher) Hinz and Jenifer (Boettcher) Beyer. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother Bruce (Carol) Boettcher, Paternal Grandparents Gustav and Hedwig (Hagedorn) Boettcher and Maternal Grandparents Emil and Ida (Grueneberg) Johr. Jim Graduated from Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill, Merrill High School, Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and University of Wisconsin – Superior. His career focused on education. He taught Social Studies in Elgin, Illinois and Grafton Wisconsin. He then moved into administration, working in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Merrill – 16 years as the Junior High Principal and 12 years as the Director of Curriculum. Jim had leadership positions in Lions Clubs International serving at the club, district and state levels in leadership development. He was a member of the Merrill Evening Lions for more than 35 years. Jim also served on the Merrill Historical Society Board of Directors for more than ten years. He presently served on the city of Merrill's Historical Preservation Committee. Every fall, Jim helped at the Brickyard School where the first graders of the Merrill area attended half days to learn what the one room schools were like. He also served on a committee that put together a trunk that traveled to each third grade class. Currently Jim was a Commissioner of the Merrill Housing Authority. At Trinity Lutheran Church, he taught bible classes, served on the Special Funds Committee and sold Scrip with his wife. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the Merrill Concert Association. For the past 15 years, Jim had been a member of the Lincoln County and the Wisconsin Retired Educators. Jim's favorite pastimes were spending time with the family, following the Brewers and Packers, music, reading, woodworking, photography, traveling, family camping, and volunteer work in general. For 20 years he and Harriet enjoyed going to their cottage on Pelican Lake. Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Merrill Memorial Park. Donations may be given to the Open Hearts Food Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Merrill Historical Society, or to the Lions Camp in Rosholt, Wisconsin. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.