Marlon Carl Boettcher

Marlon C. Boettcher, 72 of La Crescent, MN, died at his home on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.


Marlon C. Boettcher, 72 of La Crescent, MN, died at his home on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. He was born in Winona, MN, on June 10, 1947 to Helmuth and Marion (Pflughoeft) Boettcher. He married Ann E. Papenfuss on July 26, 1969.

Marlon graduated from Winona State University in 1969 with a degree in Industrial arts and mathematics. Early on in his career, he taught for a year as an industrial arts teacher in Elkton, MN. Afterward he served with the National Guard and worked in construction for CBS Homes of La Crescent. He then began a 35-year career at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center as a maintenance technician retiring in 2010 as Construction Coordinator.

Hunting, fishing, gardening and bowling were all interests of Marlon’s. After retirement, he spent much of his time working at the property he affectionately called “The Ranch.” He liked to putz around on his tractors and plant crops for the deer so that his family would have the opportunity to have successful and exciting deer hunts. He was not one to turn down a day out on the river fishing for whatever was biting. His wife, Ann, would often ask him to take her out in search of crappies, and he and his grandson, TJ, had more than a few adventures in search of walleyes up by the dam. Back home he prided himself in his garden. It’s been said that he was supposed to be a farmer due to the amount of joy he took in growing crops. Cucumbers, sweet corn, green beans, and squash were among the many things that his family had more than enough of every fall. On Thursday nights during the fall and winter, you could find Marlon bowling with friends, son, and grandsons on their bowling team. For him, it was never about the scores so much as it was the comradery. He was an active member at First Lutheran Church in La Crescent serving as an usher, participating on the Finance committee, plowing snow, and volunteering with building construction. Offering his problem-solving abilities to others will be one of the many things that is remembered about him. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed something fixed or made.

Marlon and Ann spent their time taking many trips visiting and exploring with friends and family, including trips to Florida visiting Marlon’s brother Roger and his wife Carol. They also had many other friends that they shared adventures with stretching as far back as High School.

Marlon was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roger. Marlon will be dearly missed by his wife Ann, sons Todd (Angie), Troy (Jamie), and grandsons TJ, Colton, Cody, and Caden.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at First Lutheran Church of La Crescent officiated by Rev. Mark Rieke. Friends may call on the family Saturday morning at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of services.