Lorenz Boettcher

Lorenz “Bud” Boettcher, 91, of Alta died Sept. 23, 2017 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. 

Memorial services were held Thursday, Sept. 28, at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake. Burial was in the church cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Lorenz “Bud” Martin Boettcher was born April 24, 1926 in rural Storm Lake the son of Helmuth and Ida (Hild) Boettcher. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake.

Bud attended school through the eighth grade at Zion Lutheran Parochial School. He then started farming with his dad and also helping the neighbors on their farms.

On June 13, 1948, Bud was united in marriage to Doris Elaine Ostermann, the school teacher at Zion. Together, they made their first home in Marathon until moving to Grant Township where they lived and farmed for 45 years. Bud and Doris moved to Alta in 1996. On the farm, they raised their three children: Joan, Jeffrey and Karla.

Bud was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served on the church board as an elder and trustee, sang in the choir and participated in dart league. Bud was also a member of Truesdale Co-op Board.

Family and farming were Bud’s passions. He enjoyed working with his son, Jeff, where they were partners in B and B Hog Farm. He also enjoyed working with his son in farming. In later years, he was able to continue his love for farming, working for Dave Demers until he was 90-years-old. Bud was a friend to many, socializing and joking around with his coffee group, friends and family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Joan Kersten of Anchorage, Alaska; son, Jeffrey (Judy) Boettcher of Storm Lake; and daughter, Karla (Rob) Lyngstad of Fargo, N.D.; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Joan’s family: Amy (Gedney) Riley and their daughter, Emma; Jason (Kim) Kersten and their children Brooks and Vail; Ryan (Justine) Kersten and their children Dane, Presley, Beck, Deacon, Lincoln and Roman; Jeni (Aaron) Crowder and their son Gavin; Jessica (Anthony) Stong and their son Liam. Jeffrey’s family: Abigail (Jeremy) Davis and their children Landry and Milloy; Emily (Rob) Ellefson and their children Fisher and Finley; Addalyn Boettcher. Karla’s family: Katie (Joshua) Johnson and their children Brady and Beckett; John (Alexandra) Lyngstad and their children Amalia and Ellie. He is also survived by his siblings: Mardie White of Newell; Lloyd (Nora) Boettcher of Storm Lake; Ruth (Milo) Harpstead of Stevens Pointe, Wis.; Carol (Edward) Maas of Albuquerque, N.M.; extended family and many friends.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Helmuth and Ida Boettcher; wife, Doris Boettcher; and one sister, Lorraine Clausen.