Published: 3:53 pm, Tue. Nov. 6th, 2018Updated: 3:52 pm
Harley Roy Boettcher, 95, of Artesia, formerly of Watertown, Wisc., passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care.
He was born Jan. 16, 1923, on the family farm in Reeseville, Wisc., to Louis and Helena (Kreueger) Boettcher.
On Feb. 18, 1950, he married Ethel Louise Mertz in Watertown.
Harley served in the U.S. Army in 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 also a life member of VFW Post 3709 and a previous post commander.
Harley 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).
Survivors include son Daryll L. Boettcher and wife Alicia; daughter Carol Demetropoulos and husband Chris; grandchildren Bryan Boettcher and wife Jamie, Dustin Boettcher, Kim Genz, Kris Stai-Swisher, Angela Robinson and husband Ed, and Alyssia Byers and husband Paul; a niece and nephews; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and his friend, Bill, at Good Life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Helena Boettcher; wife Ethel; brothers Marvin Boettcher and Roland Boettcher; and sisters Lila Rasmussen and Lucille Bradke. Harley was the last member of his immediate family.
Services and interment will be held at a later date in Wisconsin.
Harley was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, he requested, if desired, that memorial contributions be made to the church’s Mission Fund at 120 Kuckkan Lane, Watertown, WI, 53098.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.