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In Memory of Gregory Boettcher


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday February 4, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday February 5, 2022
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
14107 Hudson Road South
Afton Minnesota, 55001

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm
Saturday February 5, 2022
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
14107 Hudson Road South
Afton Minnesota, 55001

Gregory Lowell Boettcher age 52, of Hudson, Wisconsin passed away at home on January 24, 2022 surrounded by his family, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Greg was born to Michael and Lois Boettcher on January 6, 1970 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He grew up in Altoona, Wisconsin graduating from Altoona High School and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin – Stout where he received his Manufacturing Engineering degree. This is also where he met the love of his life Dana. The two were united in marriage on August 10, 1996 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lake City, Minnesota. Greg and Dana were blessed with three children; Austin, Abigail, and Ethan.


Greg spent his career in the food manufacturing business. After graduating college, Greg worked as a Production Supervisor for Swiss Miss, a Con-Agra Company for two years and then spent 22 years working for Lloyd’s BBQ, a Hormel Foods Company as the Plant Superintendent.  He loved his Lloyd’s family and cherished the friendships he made there. He medically retired in 2019 after his cancer diagnosis to spend time with his family.


Greg was a true family man. His biggest joy in life was teaching his kids everything he knew, especially when it came to the outdoors. He was an avid sportsman, he loved hunting, fishing, trap shooting, boating and camping. The family loved to travel and spend time together, weekends at the family cabin and farm, tropical vacations to the Caribbean and their annual summer camping trips out west fly fishing in Wyoming and Montana. Greg and Dana also loved their wine trips, traveling across the country and their adventures were filled with laughs, beautiful scenery and great wine. Greg brought people together with his genuine smile and kind demeanor, everyone he met instantly became a friend and loved him. He was always the life of the party who made everyone laugh. Greg was an amazing husband, father, son, brother and friend. He truly loved everyone and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.


Greg will forever remain in the hearts of his beloved wife of 25 years, Dana Boettcher of Hudson, WI; children Austin (22), Abigail (20), and Ethan (17) of Hudson, WI; parents Michael and Lois Boettcher of Birchwood, WI; brother Matthew (Jessica) Boettcher of Carbondale IL; parents-in-law Larry and Jane Linse of Modena, WI; sisters-in-law Lora (Ted) Keller of Goodhue, MN; Sara Linse of Modena, WI; brother-in-law Timothy (Tena) Linse of Arpin, WI; nieces and nephews, Kelsie (Kyle) Miller, Raens Boettcher, Nick (Kim) Keller, Samantha Keller, Juliann (Lucas) Nordrum, Jeremy Keller, Catherine Keller, Allison Keller, Elizabeth Keller, Zachary Keller, Daniel Keller, Joshua Linse, Jacob Linse, and his loyal companions, Bentley and Brooklyn. Greg is preceded in death by his grandparents; Lowell and Geraldine Odegard, Cadwell and Thelma Boettcher; and a brother-in-law Jon Linse.


There will be a visitation on Friday, February 4 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 11th St, Hudson, WI 54016.


A service to honor Greg’s life will be held at the Shepherd of The Valley Church, 14107 Hudson Rd. S., Afton, MN 55001 on Saturday, February 5 at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for the Boettcher children.

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    • Dana and family sorry I couldn’t be with you on Saturday but my thoughts and prayers are with you. I worked at Lloyd’s with Greg. He was a great guy. We talked a lot and he made me laugh even if I was having a bad day especially during my cancer treatment. I think I made him laugh too sometimes. He will be greatly missed.

    • I worked with Greg at Lloyds since 2000 and grew to be great friends with him over the years. We will never meet another person in our life like him. The resounding stories I have heard and witnessed over the years always create a smile on my face, Greg and I enjoyed talking sports and general life issues. I reflect on so many great times I had with Greg and seeing him interact with others. Such a great sense of humor he had. I hear a lot of the family comments and can relate to his caring side. Greg was a great family man. I feel very blessed to spend as much time as I did with him over the years hashing out work issues and enjoying time together. Greg was such a strong man and so courageous dealing with the last years. I am very sorry for the loss and will miss him. The heavens are a brighter spot with his presence no doubt.

    • Greg,
      I am so thankful that to have had as my friend, you taught me so much, and made me laugh. I loved the stories we shared with other, and how proud you were of your family, they meant the world to you. You made the world a better place. Always putting a smile on our faces. I believe that Heaven needed you more to put smiles on the angels faces. I miss you so very much and I will never forget you.
      My heart is filled with sadness. Rest in peace my dear friend.
      With love Diane

    • Greg,
      I am so thankful to have had you in my life, sharing our stories with each other and making every day at Lloyds a better place. Your sense of humor kept us laughing. Your family was the shining star of your life, you were so proud of them. The world was a better place with you in it. I guess Heaven needed you more to create laugher and put smiles on the angels faces. I miss you and I will never forget you. You were the best.
      Rest in peace with love, Diane

    • Had known Greg at Lloyd’s and we had a great working relationship.
      One of the things we discuss was cooking dinner for our families, we exchange ideas of different methods to cook our meals.
      Praying for protection and guidance for his wife and children.

    • I worked with Greg at Lloyd’s for more than 20 years. He shared many family stories, always expressing how proud he was of all his children and how lucky he was to have such an amazing wife. Greg was a great listener and loved to show everyone how to have fun. Rest in peace my friend!

    • Greg,
      You got it right my friend. Your family was always your priority. Over the years we laughed , cried , and solved the world problems. You are now in a special place. A place you will continue to watch over your family. A place you will see them grow and do amazing things in life. A place they can always reach you and you them.
      With love my friend.

    • There are some people in life that you just know. . .you can’t remember when you met, you can’t recall specific conversations, but you know your life is richer because they are part of the memories. Greg is one of those people to me. I know we’ve known each other for 20 some years–I know we have shared plenty of laughs and stories and good drinks. I know he was one hell of a good hugger. Maybe I know him more for stories shared–of his hunting and fishing trips. Of his time spent with family. I know that Greg leaves a hole in the lives of those he loved and those that loved him will never be the same. When the light and life of the party is no longer around, the light is dimer and life is just not as bright. Greg’s smile will be missed. Greg’s presence will be missed. But there is a star in the heavens that shines brighter and has more life to it. God speed friend, God speed.

    • I knew Greg as a child when my kids and former husband and I lived across the street from the Boettchers in Altoona during the early 1970’s. I remember so many wonderful stories with my children and Greg and Matt during those years. We went to their trailer in Birchwood with them a few times too. Greg was a sweet funny kid and it sounds like he was also a wonderful adult and it was a privilege to know him. I will always remember Greg fondly and again, I am so very sorry for your loss.

    • Greg,
      You will be in my heart forever. You were the best husband and dad I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
      Rest in peace dear friend.