Mass of Christian Burial for Herbert Boecker, age 87, of Bloomfield, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Bloomfield. Reverend Kizito Okhuoya will be Celebrant, with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church, with a 7:00 Wake Service.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements.
Herbert died Friday, September 27, 2019, at Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Herbert Joseph Boecker, son of Frank and Catherine (Vering) Boecker, was born January 18, 1932, at Monterey, Nebraska. He attended Beaver Creek Country School until the third grade and then St. Rose Catholic School for the next four years. Herbert was only able to attend school until the eighth grade because his Dad needed him to help on the farm. On February 15, 1955, Herbert was united in marriage to Wilhelmina Feilmeier at Hartington, Nebraska. They were the parents of 13 children.
Herbert worked for various farmers as a hired man. He was employed by Bob Elliot, Hartington Creamery, Hartington Feed and Chick, Hoesing Brothers, Heine Farms, Herzog’s Feedlot, Braunsroth Feedlot, Doug Lindquist, and Michael Foods. Herbert loved raising cattle and working as a hired man. He instilled the value of hard work into all of his children, which is now being passed on to the next generation. Herbert’s faith in the Lord carried him through difficult and joyous times in his life. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Herbert was also a member of Knights of Columbus, the church council, and Ruritan.
Alcoholics Anonymous was a huge part of Herbert’s life. On June 25th of this year, he received his 44-year sobriety chip. Herbert was one of the founding members of the Alcoholics Anonymous group in Bloomfield.
Herbert enjoyed putting puzzles together. He loved all of his wife’s home-cooking, especially her homemade bread. Herbert never met a stranger and would talk to anyone.
Herbert is survived by his wife, Wilhelmina; children, Ron (Bev) Boecker, Leon (Terry) Boecker, Larry Boecker, Chuck (Marilyn) Boecker, KayLynn Janssen, Lori (Dave) Hilliges, Mark (Michelle) Boecker, Sue (Ken) Kuhl, Karla (Kevin) Smith, Jeanne (Jim) Pelikan, and Janel (Gary) Eisenhauer; 27 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sisters, Elizabeth Hoebelheinrich and Hedy Guether.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Catherine and Wilhelmina; son-in-law, Kevin Janssen; grandson, Jacob Pelikan; three sisters; and three brothers.