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Jack Neil Boettcher

Jack Neil Boettcher

Jack Neil Boettcher was born on December 26, 1921 in Fonda, Iowa to Arthur F. and Cecil M. Boettcher. He graduated from Fonda High School in 1939. He was a sheet metal worker until joining the Army in 1943, and was a Staff Sergeant in the Medical Corp. He married Charlotte Beeney in 1945 at the Chapel of Rocks and Roses in Medford, Oregon. They had three children, Sharon Coffman of Medford, Ken Boettcher of Modesto, Calif. and Judi Jensen of Central Point. They later divorced in 1965.

Jack was one of the first well drillers in the valley, starting a business with his father-in-law, Lyle Beeney, upon discharge from the army in 1947. Together they bought out Shirley Brothers Well Drilling and started Rogue Valley Drilling. Jack learned drilling from his dad, Art, back in Iowa, going to work with his dad starting at age 8. He owned and operated Rogue Valley Drilling until 1997, when he sold the business to his grandson, Scott Coffman, who continues the family tradition of well drilling. His knowledge of drilling was unsurpassed by anyone in the valley. He trained several of the other drillers in the valley over the years. He was one of the few who knew how to "witch wells."

Jack loved to train Labrador Retrievers and participated in many field trails with his dogs, having several champions, one of which was a black lab named " Deep Well Doc." In later years, Jack became interested in wine making and made many quality wines. He was a member of Southern Oregon Wine Society and enjoyed attending meetings and wine tastings with the group.

Jack died peacefully at his daughter's home in Central Point on Wednesday, Oct. 4. He is survived by his three children; 10 grandchildren; Scott Coffman, Kellie McCollum, Tracey Worley, Kristi Anderson, Katrina Gillispie, Heidi Charlton, Jennifer Andersen, all of the Rogue Valley, Ryan Coffman of Portland, Ian Boettcher of Colorado, Allegra Boettcher of San Francisco and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his great granddaughter, Sydney Boettcher, son-in-law Errol Coffman, and his three brothers, Calvin, Wayne, and Arthur Boettcher.

A service will be held Friday, October 13th at the V.A. Cemetery in Eagle Point at 3:00 p.m., with a gathering at the Jensen home following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coffman Scholarship, c/o Crater Foundation, Crater High School, Central Point, Oregon.

Jack Neil Boettcher