SLEEPY EYE – Donald Boelter, 81, of Sleepy Eye, died Friday, September 20, 2013, in New Ulm.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye with Pastor Keith Ainsley officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at church on Wednesday.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.
Donald is survived by his wife, Yvonne Boelter of Sleepy Eye; daughters, Diane (Greg) Fuchs of Sleepy Eye, Torry (Bruce) Berg of Sanborn, Vawn (Jay) Krzmarzick of Lester Prairie; sons, Tarry (Sally) Boelter of Slayton, Vance (Jenny) Boelter of Shakopee; 23 grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren; sister, Darlene King of Minnetonka; and by a brother, Gene Boelter of New Ulm.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Dawn Boelter; sisters, Janet Mortenson, Leora Throolin; and by his brothers, Marvin and Kenneth Boelter.
Donald LuVerne Boelter was born May 6, 1932 in New Ulm to Emil and Martha (Schroeder) Boelter. He was baptized in the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. He attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Grade School and was a 1950 graduate of New Ulm High School. Donald graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1954 and received his master’s degree from Arizona State University in 1964. Donald taught school, coached and was the athletic director in Ceylon from 1954-1957. He was then employed as a teacher and coach at Sleepy Eye Public School the next 31 years until retiring in 1989. He was named Teacher of the Year at Sleepy Eye in 1987. Donald served on the church council of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. He also served as President of the District 10 Coaches Association. Donald was inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972 and received the Minnesota Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame Award in 2009.
Donald and his wife Yvonne moved to Richmond in 1989 on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. He was a member of the Paynesville Lutheran Church where he served on the Internship Committee. Donald also served on the Sauk River Chain of Lakes Board for 6 years. He was united in marriage to Yvonne Strate on September 28, 1953. During the summers he was employed at his father’s road construction business driving heavy equipment. Donald played baseball for many years on various town teams including Courtland, New Ulm Brewers and Millers, Belle Plain and Sleepy Eye where he managed the team for one summer. He was a successful high school baseball coach, taking the Sleepy Eye Public High School team to the 2A Class State Tournament 3 times. They finished runner-up once and State Champions once. Donald worked with the North Central High School Evaluation Committee in 3 locations including New Ulm, Redwood Falls and Lakefield. He served as District 10 representative to the Minnesota High School League Coaches Association where he was a member of the 25 year Club.
Donald enjoyed coaching and playing baseball, hunting, fishing, gardening, golfing, playing cards and spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his precious wife of almost 60 years.