1978-2012

James “Jimmy” Boettcher, 33, of Coon Rapids, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, at First Christian Church in Coon Rapids with the Rev. Ben Ramirez officiating.

Congregational hymns will be “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “On Eagles’ Wings.”

Lois Shirbroun will be organist.

Casket bearers will be Jeffrey Boettcher, Justin Boettcher, Jared Boettcher, Jamie Jackson, Joseph Goebel, Greg Banks, Brad Fineran and Jim Hof.

Honorary casket bearers will be Mike Brown, Danny Brown, Eric Brown, Lucas Smith-Boettcher, Austin Smith and Christopher Jackson.

Burial with military honors by Gurney Parker Post 357 of the American Legion will be at Union Township Cemetery in rural Coon Rapids.

Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today at Johnson & Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids.

James August, son of Darrell August and Carolyn Kay (Gravitt) Boettcher, was born April 23, 1978, at Des Moines.

Jimmy grew up in Coon Rapids and graduated from Coon Rapids-Bayard High School in 1997.

He then attended Des Moines Area Community College and Iowa State University, graduating with degrees in business. During high school and college, Jimmy worked as a lifeguard in Coon Rapids, and in Carroll at Carroll Theaters, KFC and Walmart.

In 2002, Jimmy enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. He then served as machinist’s mate at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. After suffering a debilitating back injury during training, Jimmy served as a legal investigator for a short time before receiving a medical discharge in 2004.

He then returned to Coon Rapids, and for a short time, attended business classes at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Jimmy had a sharp mind and had invented a light-up headstone, which he was developing and was getting ready to put into production. Jimmy was a member of the American Legion. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed collecting guns, fishing, being in the outdoors and boating. He also raised parakeets and miniature Doberman pinschers.

Jimmy is survived by his mother Carolyn Trumbla and husband Mark of Coon Rapids; four sisters: Kiane Goebel and husband Joe of Coon Rapids; Keri Ehlers of Coon Rapids; Kristin Jackson and husband Jamie of Centerville; Kimberly Boettcher of Coon Rapids; three brothers: Jeffrey Boettcher, Justin Boettcher, and Jared Boettcher and his fiancée Magally Espinoza, all of Coon Rapids; his grandmother Ruth Gravitt of Coon Rapids; an uncle Dennis Gravitt and wife Kim of Carroll; an aunt Darlene Jilg and husband Paul of Little Rock, Ark.; cousins: Stephanie and Jim Hof and Valerie and Brad Fineran, all of Carroll; nieces and nephews: Brianna, Rebecca, Amber, Shyla, Brittany, Danica, Christopher, Samantha, Lucas and Austin; and by other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, grandfather James Gravitt, aunt Kathy Gravitt and a niece Barbara Rose Ehlers.