Ervin Boettcher

Ervin Henry Boettcher

Saturday, June 3rd, 1939 - Saturday, February 15th, 2020
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Ervin (Erv) Boettcher of Calgary, Alberta, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the age of 80 years old.

Erv was born June 3,1939 on his parents’ (Marie and Henry Boettcher) farm 20 miles south of Hanna, Alberta, where he lived with his 5 brothers and 1 sister. Two years later sister number 2 was added.

Erv married Maxine Jacobson 56 years ago at Centre Street Church (which they still attend) and together they had a daughter Kimberly (Russ Davidson) of Calgary and a son Dean (Amanda) of Gibsons, BC. Grandpa will also be missed by granddaughter, Ashley (James Gosteli); grandsons Kai (Rocole), Robyn, Sam and Taylor. There are also his precious 3 great grandchildren, Liam, Aryanna and Indiana.

Erv is also survived by brothers, John (Liz) of Trenton, ON; Emil (Erma); sister Elsie Bowe (Wally) and sister-in-law Frieda Boettcher all of Calgary along with many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Marie Boettcher; brothers Albert, Dan, Helmut and sister Lillian.

Erv attended Parr School not far from the family farm. In 1951 after the “big blizzard” Henry, Marie and family came to Calgary. Dan stayed on the farm, Albert was in Three Hills and John went into the Air Force.
Erv went to Balmoral School, then to Crescent Heights High School where he attended grade 10 for two months. Erv was ambitious and got a job right away delivering pop (Orange Crush). He also worked for the CPR and delivered mail for Charley Schneider. Then on May 3, 1963 joined the Calgary Fire Department where he spent the next 30 years, retiring in July 1993. Erv worked hard on days off delivering furniture for Alberta Furniture and had a mail truck with his cousin Jim Stankevich delivering special delivery letters and parcels.

Over the years, Erv and Maxine made many miles travelling across Canada and the United State, visiting almost every state and major city.

Erv enjoyed many hours motorbiking and snowmobiling with family and his fire-fighter friends. We all believe he had the cleanest cars and trucks and the greenest manicured lawn on Motherwell Road.

Erv endured many years of arthritis which was crippling his body and was finding it very difficult to get around. In May of 2018 he had to go on home oxygen. Then on December 12, 2018 having trouble breathing had to go to the Peter Lougheed Hospital. It was then that he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The hematologist told us life will be short; however, with chemo he could have another 6-8 months, which he opted to try. Erv responded well to the chemo being one of the 4% of people to achieve this effectiveness, and actually living to 13 months. On Saturday, February 15, while at home he just closed his eyes and passed away. Now he is at peace, free of enduring his afflictions.

A Service to remember and celebrate Erv’s life will be held at Choice Memorial (102, 4715 – 13 Street NE, Calgary, AB) on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family would invite donations that may be made in Ervin’s memory to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, Prairie Region or by mail to: #316, 1212 – 31 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 7S8.

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    Sunday, March 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Sunday, March 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Choice Memorial
    105 - 4715 - 13th Street NE
    Calgary, Alberta T2E 6M3
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Ken & Lil

Posted at 11:41pm
Dear Maxine. We are saddened to read of Ervin’s passing. We send our sympathy and prayers to you and your family. We appreciated the thoughts and highlights as shared in the obituary. We are sorry that we will not be with you for the memorial service, as we are at our winter home in Arizona. Wishing you comfort, Ken & Lil.

Garry Peterson

Posted at 06:50am
I was very sad to hear of Erv’s passing. I have known him for many years and he was a good friend. Our deepest sympathies go out to Maxine,Dean,Kim and families. He will be sadly missed.

Garry and Donna Peterson


Andrew Boettcher

Posted at 05:25am
I wanted to share a few thoughts and memories as Sonya and I learned of Uncle Ervin’s recent passing on to glory.
I regard Uncle Ervin up there as one of my “favorite” uncles as I have so many fond memories of times we spent together over the years.

Growing up in the Emil Boettcher family (my dad was one of Ervin’s older brothers), it seems we spent a lot of time together with the Ervin Boettcher family, which drew us closer. I remember Uncle Ervin liked things being kept in good running order around his house and given that my dad was known to be a pretty good all-around handyman, Uncle Ervin often called my dad over to his house to help him fix or maintain all kinds of equipment or household things. And as a young boy I would often end up tagging along with my dad as he helped his brother.

Probably the largest influence and memory creator element that came from Uncle Ervin was his love for dirt biking – which I shared and he helped cultivate in me as a young rider. I have countless great memories of riding together as a group with him, my Dad, Dean, other uncles and cousins, throughout the Waiperous Creek forestry area and other areas of Southern Alberta. Uncle seemed to be a walking map of every cutline and goat trail. He never got lost; always knew every turn to take even when we sometimes drove a 100+ km loop. He had a knack for climbing hills on his bike, and always seemed to be the first one of our riding posse willing to attempt the hill and show everyone a good line to make it up without wiping out. I credit the motorcycle riding skill that I have today predominantly to Uncle Erv showing me by example. He was a good teacher. He always had a word of encouragement and his words built confidence that I too could make it up that hill or forge a rushing creek. I guess it was the courage and nerve as well as leadership that helped him have a successful career as a firefighter including being his shift lead for many years. I also have many fond memories of riding dirt bikes together out in the Hanna, Community Pasture and Badlands areas near the old Boettcher family farm.

In addition to the countless times we went out for day trips dirt biking, He and Aunt Maxine as well as Dean and Kim (when we were all kids and teenagers) along with my parents and sister would spend many long weekends or vacations together on camping trips with the holiday trailers. We continued these trips even after Sonya and I were married and had our three young children. Most of these involved taking the dirt bikes along to so we would enjoy dirt biking through the days and family meals and stories together around camp fires at night. It’s amazing to see the tradition of trail bike riding continue as my two sons, Timothy and Adrian also have many fond memories of riding trails together and they still look forward to leading their kids in this adventurous sport. Although I’ve long since sold my last dirt bike and all the gear, I still ride a street bike here in Cape Town regularly putting to use the riding skills that were honed by the thousands of km’s we all rode together with uncle and other family members.

Uncle Ervin was one of my first customers to purchase a Gas Saver electronic device that I invented as a teenager and was willing to let me install one on his home furnace. I believe it operated well on that old furnace for years. Thanks for trusting a teenager Uncle and encouraging me to be an entrepreneur!

Another remembrance was that he surely drove more leased vehicles in his life than anyone else that I know – save my brother-in-law Doug Klumpp, who was a new car salesman for several years. Uncle’s cars and trucks always seemed to be kept spotless inside and out. And I recall him always listening to country music on the radio and often singing along to the songs.

Uncle Ervin was never short of opinions on pretty much any topic. One of his most frequent sayings was “well man alive” which he would use to begin sharing his viewpoint 

Being a Calgary Firefighter was a central theme to who he was as a career man. I recall him giving us tours of the huge engines at the airport fire hall – his final tour before retiring. He would also seem to have endless stories when we got together, to tell of calls that he would go out to as a fireman. I remember one story in particular that always stuck with me when he described in quite vivid detail a man who was run over by a car but he got stuck under the car and was apparently dragged for quite a distance face down. Uncle conveyed how when they came upon the man along with the paramedics, the man no longer had a face. Not sure how Uncle Ervin escaped not experiencing some PSTD after all he experienced attending to all those emergency calls – surely he did suffer some on-the-job trauma that affected his life. I do look up to him as a person who served and willingly helped countless people in their time of need and I honour him in the way he put his life on the line to help strangers in Calgary and the surrounding communities on every shift he worked.

In closing, Sonya and I we’re thankful that we got a chance to see Uncle Erv one final time when we were coming through Calgary in January, 2019. It had been years since we last spent time together yet what a special time it was as we were able to recount special memories and also pray with him and Aunt Maxine as Ervin walked through his cancer treatment. I didn’t know that day that it would be my last time seeing him alive.

Although I am saddened that he had to endure the suffering of fighting cancer for the last 18 months of his life, I rejoice that he knew Jesus and most importantly, he put his faith in the grace and work of Jesus the son of God, and because of that alone, I believe Jesus welcomed him into heaven where he is now enjoying eternal peace and rest. I look forward to one day seeing him again in heaven. What a great reunion that will be for all of us who put our hope and trust in Jesus Christ! ( 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 )

All our love and sincere sympathies to Aunt Maxine, Kim and Dean and your extended families.

Sorry we won’t be able to make the trip from our home here in Cape Town, South Africa to be present in Calgary for the planned memorial service celebrating Uncle’s Ervin’s life but we plan to be back in Calgary later this Spring, Lord willing when we hope to reconnect with many of you.

Andy & Sonya Boettcher
Cape Town, South Africa


Erma f Emil Boettcher

Posted at 09:55pm
We remember our brother Ervin as a hard working family man, very talented fireman, a home maker with a well kept honest man, you could rely on him & his word was good always. He had a brave fight with leukaemia cancer until his heart gave up...we will miss him always ..our love was strong to the end Erma & Emil Boettcher...

Brenda and Vince

Posted at 01:15pm
Dear Maxine and Family: Our Deepest Sympathy and Prayers and letting you know our heart goes out to you at this time of sadness. Vince and I will always cherish our time with Erv on those hot summer days with a nice cold Beer and many laughs. From the time we became your neighbor, Erv was always considered our Mayor of Mayland Heights and a true father figure in every special way.

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