Emerson "Bo" Boettcher, 89

Emerson "Bo" Boettcher, 89, of North Manchester, formerly of East Lansing, Mich., died at 9:48 p.m., Sunday, May 23, 2021 at Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester. He was born Oct. 17, 1931 in New Rockford, N.D. to Julius and Lydia (Wolfram) Boettcher, the fifth of eight children.

Bo was a 1949 graduate of Benton Harbor High School and an Air Force veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict.  He married the love of his life, Joanne Murlick of Saginaw, Mich. on May 22, 1954. Bo completed his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1957 and spent 36 years at the Lansing State Journal in advertising.

Anyone who knew Bo knew of his kind heart and generous nature. They also knew of his competitive spirit, especially in golf, bridge, and anything to do with Michigan State sports.  He loved a good book and a good vodka gimlet. Bo and Joanne spent many summers at their cottage in Pentwater, Mich., enjoying the beach with their children and grandchildren and playing a never-ending game of gin rummy. Bo was a member of University Lutheran Church for over 50 years, where he sang in the choir and served two terms as Council President.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne; two children, Kathy (Jeff) Hawkins of North Manchester and Dan Boettcher of East Lansing; two grandchildren, Zach (Kira) Hawkins of North Manchester and Sarah (Jeremy) Rusk of Hazel Park, Mich.; two great grandchildren, Nila and Ezra Hawkins of North Manchester; brother Gordon (Sandra) Boettcher, sister Sharon (Hank) Schaus, brothers and sister-in-laws, Buzz and Gen Bremer, Ken and Joyce Laatsch, Bill and Sharon Murlick, Dale Murlick, Lorraine Murlick, Donna Murlick, Terry and Donna Murlick, Bev Nichols, Shirley Roof, and Gary and Sharon Scharich, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters, Alfred Boettcher, Norman Boettcher, Velma Skelley, Hulbert Boettcher, Evelyn Vannatter; mother and father-in-law, Frank and Regina Murlick; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Betty and Bill Conway, Sue Murlick, Jerry Murlick, Ray Roof, Frank and Del Morlick, Bert and Faye Murlick, Jack Murlick, Chuck Nichols, and Ted and Regina Humpert.

A Memorial Service is planned July 5, 2021 at 2 p.m., at University Lutheran Church, 1020 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester. 

Preferred memorial is Timbercrest (Memo:Employee Holiday Fund).

Posted on 2021 Jun 02