Edward W. Boettcher

edward w. boettcher
https://vimeo.com/event/828325 Edward Wallace Boettcher, 84, Fargo, ND passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at his home. He was born on December 1, 1936 to Edward and Irmgard (Schroeder) Boettcher in Hunter, ND. He grew up in Hunter and graduated from Arthur High School in 1954. After high school, he entered the Army National Guard and worked full-time as a mechanic for two years. Ed continued to serve in the Guard until 1962 when he was honorably discharged. Ed was united in marriage to Gloria Soberg and the couple made their home in the Fargo-Moorhead area where they raised their three children. Ed worked at the Fargo Forum for 20 years in circulation as a manager and supervisor. He later worked for the Park Board in Maintenance and then drove for the Senior Ride Service for the Fargo Senior Commission. He was an Associate Member of the American Legion for 33 years and drove bus for the Legion baseball for 30 years. Ed volunteered with the color guard as well. On January 12, 2017, he was inducted into the Fargo American Legion Gilbert C. Grafton Post #2 Hall of Fame. He was a member of Pontoppidan Lutheran Church since 1966. Gardening was one of his favorite hobbies. Ed is survived by his children, Chad Boettcher, Cathy Boettcher, Cindy (Mark) Norquist; brother, Willis (Abie) Boettcher; grandchildren, Eric, Ethan, and Logan Boettcher, Amber Jevne and Mason Markovic, and Ryley Remmich; two great-grandchildren; numerous cousins; his friends at the Heritage House; and special friends, Edith, Scott, Bruce, and Harlan. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Ruth Ann Aho. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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  1. Ed, BIG EDDIE, was such a good friend. We got to know each other while working for the Senior Ride Service. We have contacted each other on at least a weekly basis ever since.

    Words can not express how much I loved this man. Always there to be a sounding board for anything we discussed. We shared many cups of coffee, lunches, dinners, even a beer now and then, and oh so many conversations. Always the eternal optimist. Needless to say, he will be truly missed,, My deepest sympathies to Ed’s family. If there is anything that I can do to be of help, please do not hesitate to ask..

    Rest in peace my friend…..

  2. Ed was my paper route supervisor back in the day and later I had the pleasure of seeing him weekly as he helped take folks to Hornbache’rs. Ed was a very kind person and made a great impression on me in my teen years. He had a great attitude

  3. We are saddened by the loss of my cousin Edward Boettcher and he will be greatly missed. Always enjoyed our telephone conversations! Edward was a very good man!
    Jim and Karen Dahl – Champlin, MN

  4. Ed, Big Ed, was such a wonderful part of our community here at the Heritage House. He brought so much joy, laughter and wit to our community. What a wonderful thing to hear everyone say such kind things about Ed. He lived his life as we all should be living each of our days, with kindness and compassion to those around us.

    He will surely be missed and always remembered by all of us that were blessed to have him in our lives.

    God bless his family.

    Julie Joyce-Smith

  5. I always enjoyed talking to big Ed at the Fargo Park District Senior Center and at Legion Baseball games. I have been working with Cindy at the Fargo Parks recently and had no idea she was Ed’s daughter. What a wonderful man he was. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  6. We will miss him dearly. He was a wonderful friend. We worked together at The Forum for many years and we both participated in Fargo American Legion activities. God must have welcomed him with open arms. He was such a warm kind person for everyone. God bless his family in this difficult time.

  7. RIP Ed. We had some fun times working in the circulation department at the Forum on weekends. Always having some laughs. It was good seeing you again at Pontoppidan church and lastly at Bible study. Thinking of your family at this time.

  8. I first met Ed when I was a paper boy in the mid 1970’s when he was my boss. Got to know him later as a player at Fargo Post 2 from 1978-1980 and as a coach there from 1996-2008. Ed loved the kids and gave his heart and soul to Post 2 baseball as the bus driver. He was a great guy – always friendly and always got us there safe. Rest in peace, Ed. You will be missed.

  9. Fast Eddie was our bus driver for Post 2 baseball while I coached with the program. A gentle giant of a man who was a true mentor to so many kids. Great memories of a great man. My condolences and sympathirs.

  10. Fast Eddie, you were one of a kind. As a parent of a former Post 2 player, never once had a second thought about putting him on the bus with you behind the wheel. You were the safe point, the home base. Nothing happened on the away games if not you as the starting point and you at the end of the journey. Your dedication to the program was phenomenal! Thank you, Ed.

  11. I had the great fortune to know “fast Eddie” first as a ball player for Post 2 and then as a coach. He was such an underrated force around the early success of Post 2 baseball… the busses we rode in to games were in such immaculate condition …. we were very lucky.. I especially enjoyed talking about cooking and types of sausage to try around the state. My condolences to family…

  12. I met Ed when I played legion baseball for Fargo Post 2 in the early eighties. Fast Eddy was one of the staples of Fargo Post 2 baseball for many years. I always enjoyed his company and talking with him whenever our paths crossed. He was a true gentleman and a great example for all the kids that played legion baseball. He will be missed.

  13. I’m sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. My condolences to the family. I worked with Ed at The Forum, although in the news/editorial department. It was always a joy to chat with him. I also bumped into him many times at American Legion baseball games and even when he drove bus.

  14. Ed was such a friendly man. He was our Legion Post2, bus driver. He always greeted us players with kind words and encouragement. He not only drove the bus, but was one of our biggest fans. He will truly be missed.

  15. We are so sorry for your loss. My Mom, Dorothy Flynn, asked that I send your family her condolences.

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