Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Harley R. Boettcher
January 16, 1923 - November 1, 2018 (Age 95)
Reeseville, WI
Service: November 10, 2018
Harley R. Boettcher
Harley Roy Boettcher, 95, of Artesia, N.M. (formerly of Watertown Wisconsin), passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018 Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care in Artesia New Mexico.
Harley was born on the family farm in Reeseville, Wisconsin on January 16, 1923 to Louis and Helena (nee Krueger) Boettcher.
He married Ethel Louise Mertz on February 18, 1950 in Watertown.
Harley served in the US Army during WWII in the 91st Infantry Division in the Rome/Arno, North Apennines and Po Valley campaigns. He was in combat for 10 months and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a life member of VFW Post 3709 and previous Post Commander.
He worked as a machinist at Crepaco in Lake Mills, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).
Harley was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Helena Boettcher; wife Ethel; brothers, Marvin Boettcher, Roland Boettcher; sisters, Lila Rasmussen, Lucille Bradke.
Harley was the last member of his immediate family.
Survived by children; son Daryll L Boettcher (Alicia), daughter Carol Demetropoulos (Chris); grandchildren; Bryan Boettcher (Jamie), Dustin Boettcher, Kim Genz, Kris Swisher, Angela Robinson (Ed), Alyssia Byers (Paul). Niece and nephews, 16 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and his friend Bill at Good Life.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with Rev. Robert Koepcke of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown officiating. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Entombment will follow at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Watertown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at HafemeisterFH.com.
Harley was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ. He asked in lieu of flowers, if desired, please consider a memorial to the Church’s Mission Fund at 120 Kuckkan Lane, Watertown, WI 53094.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care in Artesia.
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