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Merlyn J. Boettcher, 79

Merlyn J. Boettcher, age 79, of Mayer, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at the Marie Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.

He was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Hopkins, the son of Paul and Flora (Jaekel) Boettcher. Merlyn was baptized Aug. 31, 1930, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hopkins by the Rev. Carl S. Mundinger, and confirmed April 2, 1944, at the same church by the Rev. E. Schwandt.

He proudly served his country in the US Army.

Merlyn was united in marriage to Florence E. Zellmann Aug. 24, 1954, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. Spomer officiating.

A dedicated farmer, Merlyn took great pride in being a farmer and was very proud of his garden, especially of his potatoes and sweet corn. He was active in the outdoors, particularly fishing and deer hunting.

Merlyn was a wonderful story teller. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, sharing the many talents God blessed him with. He and Florence took many trips together, which brought them tremendous enjoyment.

Merlyn had a very positive attitude in life and was a gentle man. He had a lot of lifelong friends who meant everything to him.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Flora Boettcher.

He is survived by his loving family: wife Florence; children and spouses, Sue and Joe Wessbecker of Victoria, Linda Boettcher of Eden Prairie, Bruce and Jill Boettcher of Mayer, Lori and Scott Murphy of Chanhassen, and Jenny and Jon Maetzold of Mayer; and grandchildren Joe Wessbecker and fiancée Katrina Brummer, John Wessbecker, Mindy Boettcher and special friend Peter Euphosin, Derek Boettcher and special friend Tara Ostlie, Kelyn Boettcher, Anne and Elizabeth Murphy, and Austin, Abby, Chloe and Carter Maetzold.

Merlyn is further survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Loren and Norma Boettcher of Cape Girardeau, MO; sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Virgil Latzig of Lester Prairie; sister-in-law Lorraine Felt of Watertown; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was Saturday, Dec. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer with visitation for one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Merlyn’s grandchildren were his casket bearers.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com.