William “Bill” Boettger

William “Bill” Boettger

August 8, 1934 – December 12, 2021

Born during a record-breaking Iowa heat spell on the same land he and his beloved wife, Barb, continued to farm throughout his life.

Preceded in death by wife, Barbara; parents, Walter Boettger and Aileen Boettger Hynes (Martin); second spouse, Joyce Bua Boettger; siblings, Walter D. Boettger and Virginia Bowman (Bill); brother-in-law, Gerald Schnitker; son-in-law, Dr. D.R. Owen; and great-grandchildren: Henry Nihsen, Clare and Lily Owen.

Survived by children: Barbara Owen (Jeanie), Steven Boettger (Jana) and Patricia Boettger; grandchildren: Robert Owen (Erin), Laurie Owen, Dustin Nihsen (Sarah), Adriana Augustine(Chad), Kurt Boettger (Melissa), Kyle Boettger (Jaimie Stober); great-grandchildren: Bailey Postlewait (Dakota), Taylor Nihsen, Gavin Bruck, William Nihsen, Ricardo Soto, Ava Owen, Jack Augustine, Azlynn Nihsen, Maya Boettger, Etta Augustine,  David Soto; great-great-grandchild, Dawson Postlewait; sisters-in-law, Carolyne Boettger, Janice Schnitker Gilsdorf (Jack); many nephews, nieces and friends.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Wednesday December 29th at 12pm at C.G. Therkildsen Center, 706 Victoria Street, Harlan, Iowa, with lunch to follow.   Private interment at later date.

Family understands current health concerns may prevent attendance, thank-you for contributing to Bill’s story and keeping us in your thoughts.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Methodist Hospital Foundation, 8701 West Dodge Road, Suite 450, Omaha NE, 68114 https://methodisthospitalfoundation.org/donate-today or charity of choice in Bill’s name.




  • Daniel R. Kurtenbach Posted December 24, 2021 10:14 am

    I am truly sorry for your loss.

  • Barbara Savage Posted December 24, 2021 10:38 am

    Jeanie, do sorry for your loss. I y was a pleasure to meet your Dad when visiting Omaha. Such a gentle man.

  • Brad C Simonsen Posted December 24, 2021 12:28 pm

    I haven’t seen Bill in many years but I remember his hearty laugh very well. He was the Father, Grand father, and Great Grandfather to some of the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure to know and love and for that I thank him. Love and Best Wishes to his family in this very difficult time.

  • Julie Weir Posted December 24, 2021 10:24 pm

    Jeanie and Pat, keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I enjoyed all the stories you shared through the years about your Dad.

  • Rebecca Carr Posted December 25, 2021 8:00 am

    We are so very sorry for your loss🌹

  • Steve and Colleen Simonsen Posted December 25, 2021 3:30 pm

    Jean, Pat and Steve, We feel for your loss of a wonderful father who loved his family and loved life. Truly one of the greatest generation to whom we owe so much. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you.

  • Patricia J Fernside Posted December 25, 2021 3:53 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Your family and ours go back a very long ways! Sending love, hugs, and prayers to all of you.

  • Marthann Kohl-Fuhs Posted December 25, 2021 5:35 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. May Bill rest in peace with your Mom.

  • Phyllis Allen Posted December 26, 2021 10:30 am

    So sorry for your loss

  • Phyllis Hayes Allen Posted December 26, 2021 10:31 am

    So sorry for your loss

  • Gary and Carolyn Pool Posted December 29, 2021 8:37 am

    To all the family:
    We are so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing and extend our deepest sympathy to you all at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during the days and weeks ahead.

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