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James Boettcher

Jim passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at his home in Plainwell.

Jim was born November 20, 1943 to Walter and Gertrude (Lauer) Boettcher of Otsego. He proudly served his county in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1966. Jim had worked at Parker Hannifin, Kal-Equip and retired from plastering in 2002. In his free time he enjoyed golfing and being outdoors.

Surviving are his wife, Onalee (Eckert) Boettcher; daughter, Debi (Jeff) Steele; son, Brian Boettcher; step-children, Kristen (Jimmy) Wheaton and Patrick Arehart; grandchildren, Drew Ostby, Jacob McCaffrey, Brittany Smith- Ketchum and Madison Wheaton; great-grandchildren, Wyatt Ostby, Riley Ostby, Liam Smith and Audra Ketchum and brothers, Walter (Nancy) Boettcher and Richard (Patricia) Boettcher.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Bruce Boettcher.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Steve Smail officiating.

Burial of ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice


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Mary S. Harris

January 31, 2020 at 3:54 pm

Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.


Sue Browne

January 31, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Walt and Nancy, Dick and Pat,

I’m thinking of you at this time of loss

God is with you!

Sue Browne


Robert K. Jackson

January 31, 2020 at 5:51 pm

Robert (Bob) and Cheryl Jackson, we grew together in the neighborhood and through school. You have always been part of my Otsego memories.

All our love within God.


Kathleen Snyder Fisher

January 31, 2020 at 6:17 pm

My dad (Lloyd Snyder) and I would like to send our sincere sympathy for your loss. We were neighbors for years and always remember good times. God Bless you all.


Pam Sebright

January 31, 2020 at 6:35 pm

Debbie and Brian…so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing.

Keeping you all in my prayers and sending hugs your way.


Sherry Brown

January 31, 2020 at 9:44 pm

Praying for you and yoyr family. God be with all of you and bless you.


Virg and Betty Sanford

February 1, 2020 at 8:09 am

Onalee, Keeping you and your family in our prayers. Jim was a wonderful man. Remembering all the good times we had with the two of you and the kids. Love ya.


Steve & Becky Swope

February 1, 2020 at 12:44 pm

Kristen- I’m sorry to hear about your dad. As you know, we’re walking the same path right now. We will remember to pray for you. Steve & Becky


Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti Khodl )

February 1, 2020 at 5:08 pm

Dear Onalee, Saddened to read of your loss. A long journey of health issues for you both. My heart goes out to you. Such enormous long term stress to endure. Be gentle with yourself, rest when you can.


Robin Moran

February 1, 2020 at 5:46 pm

Onalee and family I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing . He will truly be missed. He was such a nice guy.


Judy Ann-Coleman Lampen and Zoee

February 1, 2020 at 6:55 pm

Thoughts and prayers prayers to the family.

Zoee and I will miss his smiling face and his good nature.

Rest In Peace my friend.


Amy Schultz

February 2, 2020 at 5:55 pm

May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.


susan Hatten

February 3, 2020 at 10:24 am

Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.


Nicole M Brumley

February 5, 2020 at 5:19 pm

Thinking of your whole family during this difficult time. Sending strength your way!


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