The Rev. David N. Boettcher, 75, of Jackson, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born July 10, 1941, in Shawano, Wisconsin, to Norbert A. and Mabel Sumnicht Boettcher.  He and Ruth M. Boelter were married August 27, 1966, in Ridgeville Corners, Ohio.

Rev. Boettcher was raised in Bonduel, Wisconsin.  He earned a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and a Masters of Linguistics from UCLA.  He served as a missionary in Nigeria, West Africa and upon returning to the States, pastored three congregations:  Bethlehem Lutheran in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Zion in Oconto, Wisconsin, and Christ of the Bay in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  He retired in 2007, after 40 years in the ministry.

He liked to fish, travel, and garden, but above all, enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.  In 2015, David and Ruth moved to Southeast Missouri to be near their daughter and her family.

Loving survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ruth, of Jackson; two daughters: Joy (Dr. J. Michael) Utzinger of Hampden Sydney, Virginia and Jill (Rev. John) Dehne of Cape Girardeau; four grandchildren: Claire and Eve Utzinger and Eden and Micah Dehne; three brothers: Owen (Dorene) Boettcher of Bloomington, Illinois, Neil (Sharon) Boettcher of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Carl Boettcher of Bonduel, Wisconsin; and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2017, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson; and from 10 a.m. to service time, Saturday, February 25, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the church, with the Rev. Eric Longman officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Lutheran Missions or St. Andrew Lutheran Support of LCMS Missionaries.

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  1. Leslie R. Pierce

    You are in my prayers and have my deepest sympathies.

  2. Kristin

    Ahhh Pastor Boettcher. Will miss your Christmas poems, your singing voice, your calmness and your willingness to try new things. Grateful for you and Ruth. Sing loud in heaven! Rejoice with the rest of the angel chorus.

  3. Anne and Mike Lund

    Dear Ruth and Joy and all the family known well by us and those we know by pictures and love,
    We are holding you close in our hearts.

    With love and thankfulness for friendship and faith,
    Anne and Mike

  4. Kellie Meerstein

    Pastor Boettcher, wow, where would my children be right now if not for you and the support you gave us early on at Trinity Lutheran. Your calming demeanor, your smile, and your encouragement were a gift for us in those early years! We will miss your presence at our events, especially the “substitute grandparents” you and Ruth were to all those kids on Grandparents day! Watch over us now. You will be missed.

  5. Arleigh Lutz

    Barbara and Arleigh Lutz

    We offer our deepest sympathy and our prayers that God will comfort and sustain you in the days to come confident that He will hear and answer our prayers. David has now entered the kingdom of glory where all suffering and pain, all heartache and grief, all trouble and sorrow are gone. Instead for him there is only the fullness of peace and unending joy. That is God’s promise and we may be sure that He will keep it.

  6. Marcia Rosynek

    My dear Ruth, When Keith and I heard of Dave’s passing we immediately smiled filled with fond memories of you , Dave, Joy, and Jill, and of course, those Youth Group outings. Please accept our sympathy, as you mourn the death of Pastor Dave, our Shepherd and friend.

  7. Dear Ruth and family, Gary and I want to extend our sincere and deepest sympathy to you. We were surprised to hear of David’s passing. I am so grateful that we had the chance to “cousin-reconnect” at the pastoral conferences here in Wisconsin. Please pass our sympathy on to Owen, Neil and Carl also. You are in our prayers.

    Gary and Jolene (Juedes) Albert

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