In Memoriam
Craig J. Boelter


Craig J. Boelter

Craig Boelter

In Memoriam
Craig Boelter
2nd District SAL Commander
2011 - January, 2013


Craig J. Boelter, 66, Pipestone, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Pipestone County Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 11 at St. Leo Catholic Church with Monsignor Gerald Kosse officiating.

Honorary casket bearers were the Pipestone American Legion Post #6, Sons of the American Legion 40/8.

Casket bearers were Gary Paulsen, Bob Furne, Rick Kautz, Tom Benz, Chuck Edgecomb and Marlin Taubert.

Interment was held in Old Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone with military honors provided by Michael Boock American Legion Post #6, Pipestone County VFW Post #3814.

Craig J. Boelter was born on July 13, 1946 in Minneapolis. In 1949, he and his twin brother were adopted by Harold and Agnes (Kempf) Boelter of Pipestone, where he was raised and attended school.

After his graduation from Pipestone High School in 1964 he attended Southwest State University in Marshall where he graduated as a member of the charter class several years later with a BS degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management.

On Jan. 11, 1967 he entered the U.S. Army where he served two separate enlistments as a NCOIC Sergeant during the Vietnam War. After his second honorable discharge from the Army on March 28, 1981, Craig returned to Pipestone where he bartended at almost every bar in town and did various other jobs. When McDonald’s opened he became employed as one of the supervisors.

On Dec. 21, 1996 he married Debra Carson at the First Presbyterian Church in Pipestone. Following their marriage they resided in the same home in which Craig spent a collective 60 plus years. In 1999 he began working in the Administration Section at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. He retired as a government employee on Dec. 1, 2011.

On Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 he was admitted to the Pipestone County Medical Center where he died Sunday, Jan. 6.

He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone where he was active in the choir for many years. He was a member of Michael Boock American Legion Post 6. Craig was very active his whole life serving various veteran’s organizations. He held the following positions for the American Legion, Commander of Michael Boock Post 6 in Pipestone, past District II American Legion Commander and current Commander of the Sons of the American Legion District II and served on several state American Legion boards. For the 40/8, he held the following positions, current National Drapeau, National Cheminot Passe, Sous Cheminot Passe, Grand Chef De Gare Passe, Grand Chef De Train Passe, Sous Grand Chef De Train Passe and Grand Garde De Porte Passe.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Boelter, Pipestone; his twin brother, Keith J. Boelter, Delray Beach, Fla.; his brother, Tom (Nancy) Juenemann, Waite Park, and his sister, Doris (Hilary) Markfort, St. Cloud. He is also remembered by Buddy and Tanner, his pet cats.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Larry Jueneman, Nancy Jueneman, William Jueneman and 12 other brothers and sisters.