Obituary Record

Ronald Christian Boelter
Died on 12/10/2021

Published in the Pilot-Tribune March 22, 2022


Ronald Christian Boelter, age 89, passed away Dec. 10, 2021. Ronald was born March 29, 1932. He was born in Knox County Nebraska, between Verdigre and Orchard. Ronald grew up on a ranch 24 miles northeast of O’Neill. He graduated from Crofton High School in 1952. He lived there until he was 20 years old. While growing up he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and chasing coyotes. On March 1, 1952, he joined the United States Air Force. He enjoyed active duty for two years in Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, California and two years in Alaska. He also served four years active reserve at Lincoln Air Force Base in Nebraska.

He was united in marriage to Berniece Caroline Grande on June 23, 1958. They were married for 45 years until her death in 2003. He attended any college he was close to from 1952 through 1959. For four years he taught school at Philip, S.D. Then moved to Sundance, Wyo., where he taught for two years. In 1963 he moved to Niobrara for three years, in 1968 he took a teaching job in Lyons, where he stayed for ten years. In 1978 he moved to Todd County South Dakota where he taught school until he retired in 1997. He taught school for 38 years. During his years of teaching, he attended college and picked up an additional five years of credit for endorsements, certifications and degrees.

Ron will be remembered for his recycling business he ran from his backyard in Mission, S.D.. He bought and sold precious metals part-time from 1980 through 1997 and from 1998 through 2013 he was full-time. Ron will be remembered most for his love for his dogs and hunting. He was an avid coyote hunter. He raised hundreds of dogs and sold them all over the country. The tale of the hunt around the kitchen table will be missed.

Ronald is survived by his daughters, Debbie Taylor of Lyons, Veronica Svendsen and husband Rob of Coweta, Okla. and son Edwin of Jude, N.D.; 10 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren, and 18 great great-grandchildren.

He is survived by two brothers; Woody Boelter and wife, Nola, of Gayville, S.D., and Gene Boelter and his wife Vicky of Alta, Iowa. Many nieces, nephews, friends and family. He is preceded in death by his wife Berniece, mother Linda Cross and stepfather Frank Cross, father Homer Boelter, and two brothers Freeman Boelter of Crofton and Virgil Boelter of Billings, Mont.

This obituary was prepared by Ronald Boelter and beautifully written by his daughter, Veronica Svendsen. Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Stonacek Funeral Chapel, Norfolk. The family of Ronald Boelter has entrusted his care, and cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left for the family at

~~~Obituaries courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair, Nebraska Public Library~~~

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Printed in the Washington County Pilot-Tribune on 3/22/2022