Harley R. Boettcher

November 6, 2018 GMT

ARTESIA, N.M. -- Harley Roy Boettcher, 95, of Artesia (formerly of Watertown, Wisconsin), passed away on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care in Artesia.

Harley was born on the family farm in Reeseville, Wisconsin, on Jan. 16, 1923, to Louis and Helena (nee Krueger) Boettcher.

He married Ethel Louise Mertz on Feb. 18, 1950, in Watertown.

Harley served in the U.S. Army during World War II 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, Wisconsin, 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.

He is survived by his 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, four great-great-grandchildren and his friend Bill at Good Life.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Robert Koepcke of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown officiating. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home from 1 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 53098.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care in Artesia.

Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service

611 E. Main St. Watertown