Services for Charles Ernest Boettcher, 84, who passed away Dec. 30, 2021, in Greenville, Texas, were 10 a.m. Jan. 4, 2022, at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel in Greenville.
Charlie was born Aug. 2, 1937, in St. Louis to Harry Boettcher and Doris Mae Thompson. He married the love of his life, Dorothy Riffel, on Feb. 2, 1957, in Ramona. From this union, he became a devoted father to four children.
After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, he began his career in business aviation. He retired from Raytheon in 2001 as senior manager of systems engineering.
After his retirement, Charlie dedicated his time to educating himself by becoming a biblical scholar. He also had a passion for educating others. He was an active member of Westview United Methodist Church in Greenville and a disciple of God. He spent many hours reading, studying, and spreading His word.
Charlie was happiest when he was spending time with his family, boasting about his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and spending tireless hours on his computer studying Ancestry.com, listening to music, or posting on Facebook.
He will be remembered for his wildly entertaining stories, his unfailing work ethic, and his huge smile and contagious laugh.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Boettcher; children, Jerry Boettcher (and wife Susan), Cheryl Harkey (and fiance Brian Boltz), Susan Mayfield (and husband Cary), and David Boettcher (and wife Kimberly); 13 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren; all whom he cherished.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James Carl Boettcher, and both his parents.