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Terry Jay Boehlke , Age 64

November 06, 1957 --August 21, 2022

Terry Jay Boehlke, of Lake Delton, Wisconsin, was called home on August 21st, 2022 surrounded by family and all the love, after a heroic battle with cancer.

Terry was born on November 6th, 1957 in Onalaska, WI as the first child to Jess and Jeanine (Blank) Boehlke.

Their family spent many weekends camping on Lake Petenwell enjoying the outdoors. He was an active boy who participated in many sports including football, basketball and tennis. A jokester at heart, he would always have funny sayings and witty comebacks for his 3 younger siblings.

Terry loved rock music. In his younger years, he had a vast collection of 8 track tapes, would light up when he heard his favorite Guns N' Roses or AC/DC songs and loved to recount an epic KISS concert where he stood next to the speakers and couldn't hear for 3 days! As he would say, "totally worth it."He would love to tease Ashley and Georgia about his dislike of "Country AND Western music" and they would play it loudly just to get a rise out of him.

On a night out at the Bodega, he would meet the love of his life, Patti (Syse) Boehlke. They were united in marriage in Blanchardville, WI on June 13th, 1981. During this time, Terry picked up a job at Trumpy Cheese and became an EMT/First Responder alongside Patti. They started their life in rural Wisconsin, where the city boy learned how to properly eat lefse, the art of milking a cow, and appreciated the beauty of the farm.

Not long after, Terry was offered a job at Flambeau Plastics in Baraboo and they moved to the new city to start their family. They welcomed a daughter, Ashley, in 1987 and a son, Alex, in 1990. For someone who wasnt sure if they wanted children, he would later tell you they were the best thing in his life. His pride for Ashley and Alex showed through until his last days.

Their family built a beautiful life in Baraboo with many friends to share laughter, dinners on the deck and a good glass of Rombauer Zin with. During these years, Terry found a passion in playing racquetball, bicycling, running and triathlons. He joined the Sharks Bike team, participated in a racquetball league at Tamarack and spent many weekends competing in triathlons. He even completed a Half-Iron Man! The love of the sport and the friends he made along the way would remain with him forever.

Unfortunately, Patti passed away on December 21st, 2008 after a battle with glioblastoma. Terry spent 3 years honoring his vows through sickness and health. He was an amazing caregiver for Patti during her final years and did everything he could to advocate for her care.

A light in the darkness came when Terry met Georgia (Talley) Boehlke. As Terry's great-grandmother, Jane, would say "I don't know how you managed to get TWO amazing women in your life." They were married on October 11th, 2014 at Devil's Lake State Park. Georgia was able to bring the joy of life back to Terry through love. They spent their time enjoying pontoon rides on the lake, kayaking, weekends at the cottage and spending time with their blended family and so many of their dearest friends. Through Georgia, Terry welcomed two more amazing children into his life, Lindsey Schwenn and Troy Kaehne. He supported, cared for and loved them both, as if they were his own.

The biggest spark in Terry's eye came when he was able to spend time being Papa. He loved his grandchildren with all of his heart. Reading dinosaur books with Lochlan and all the FaceTime chats with Aubree and Mila were things he looked forward to most. His love of animals was undeniable. His most beloved companion, Putty the cat, could always bring a smile to his face during the hard times. And in recent years, he always looked forward to spending time with his grand dogs - Luna, Harper, Marshall and Krash.

All of the words on this page do not begin to explain the impact that Terry had on his family, friends and community. He will be remembered for his giant smile, infectious laugh, integrity, respect, constant kindness and an overwhelming compassion for those he loved. He will be remembered for his sense of humor (with some great one-liners), his skill of making delicious soups from scratch, his preference of sitting in the dark (Prince of Darkness), his obsession with the perfect gimlet and his passion for the beach.

Our hearts are broken as we try to envision a world without Terry. He would tell us to "Lighten up, Francis" and dry our tears. He would tell us how beautiful the day is, to feel the sun on our skin and remember all we have to be thankful for. He would tell us to have a good glass of wine as we recount all the amazing memories we have together.

He would tell us we will meet again.

Terry is survived by his wife: Georgia Boehlke. Children: Ashley (Tyler) Erickson, Alex (Angela) Boehlke, Lindsey (Brandon) Schwenn and Troy Kaehne. Grandchildren: Aubree, Mila and Lochlan. Mother-in-Law: Ruth Mell. Siblings: Toni (Bill) Fletcher, Kathy (Larry) Levy and Brad (Angela) Boehlke and all of Georgias siblings.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Patricia (Syse) Boehlke. Parents: Jess and Jeanine (Blank) Boehlke and his grandparents.

An enormous thank you to all of the family and friends that assisted during his battle with rides to Madison, meals, prayers and being an incredible support system for Georgia. Thank you to UW Carbone Cancer Center and Agrace Hospice for the amazing care they provided.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 1st at 11am at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Baraboo, WI with a luncheon to follow from 12:30-3:30pm at Spring Brook Resort (242 Lakeshore Drive, Wisconsin Dells). A visitation will be held prior on Friday, September 30th from 4-7pm at Redlin-Ertz Funeral Home in Baraboo, WI and from 10-11am at St. Paul's prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the UW Carbone Cancer Center.


Penny Snyder August 29, 2022

Friend of Georgia Baraboo , Wisconsin

To Georgia and other family members please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Very sad for you. Penny White Snyder

Terry Mach August 29, 2022

Friend La Crosse , Wisconsin

Very sorry for your loss

Bradley and Denise Krueger August 29, 2022

Friend/former coworker Ft Wayne , Indiana

We are so sorry for your loss. Terry always had a smile on his face and a kind word. So happy he was able to share the love of his grandchildren.

Charlie and Diane Brandt August 29, 2022

Friends Baraboo , Wisconsin

We are both so saddened by the loss of this wonderful man. Georgia, you are a true rock. May god bless the entire family and find peace and comfort in the knowledge that Terry is forever with you in spirit. Much love to all❤️

Tammy Bates August 29, 2022

Friend of Georgia’s Baraboo , Wisconsin

Sending love and hugs and prayers to you Georgia and the family. So very sorry for the loss of this great man. May you find peace and comfort in God and your friends and family. ❤️

Penny Snyder August 29, 2022

Friend of Georgia Baraboo , Wisconsin

To Georgia and other family members please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Very sad for you. Penny White Snyder

Shaun Quinlan August 29, 2022

Colleague Marshfield , Wisconsin

Georgia and Family - My condolences on the loss of Terry - he will be greatly missed.

Cynthia Schroeder August 30, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Ashley was like a 3rd child to our family! Terry and Patty also accepted my 2 daughters into their family as well! Terry was also a client of mine in the salon ! What an awesome man and family! My heart goes out to all of you but thinking of you extra much Ashley!

Bogdan Strykowski August 30, 2022

Friend Wisconsin Dells , Wisconsin

Please receive my condolences.

Kevin & Rosie Krueger August 30, 2022

Coworker to Terry & Patty Wisconsin Dells

So sorry for the loss. He was truly a great guy.

Todd Liebman August 30, 2022

Friend Sierra Vista , Arizona

Terry was just a great person. A true friend. God’s blessing be with all of you in this time of loss.

Dick and Renee Holley August 30, 2022

Friend North Freedom , Wisconsin

We are so sorry for your loss Georgia. Terry will be missed by so many people. We hope that the great memories will sustain you now and as time is mending your heart. Take care and we pray that the Lord will comfort and bless you during this difficult time.

Leslie Boehlke August 31, 2022

Freind of family LaCrescent , Minnesota

Dear Georgia,Ashley,Alex & family, We pray the endless wonderful memories heal your hearts. If you were with Terry you felt his light. He couldn't help it , he shined. You just wanted to be around him. You felt love, his kindness, his energy. The world will be a different place without him, but he'd want nothing but smiles & laughter for all who he loved.. God bless you through this loss... Leslie

Mark Yahnke September 05, 2022

friend Minneapolis , Minnesota

My sympathies and condolences to all. Breaks my heart to know his has moved on - he played a real and special part on how we fumbled our way to adulthood. Kind thoughtful giving….

Gary and Carol Boehlke September 18, 2022

Uncle and aunt Racine , Wisconsin

We are so sorry for your loss. We would like to offer our sympathies and condolences. Due to an illness we will not be able to attend the October 1st celebration of Life but will be there in spirit.

Gary and Carol Boehlke September 23, 2022

Aunt and Uncle Racine , Wisconsin

My parents Gary and Carol send their condolences to the family and friends of Terry. Due to health issues they are unable to attend any services.

Patricia A Riesch September 30, 2022

Friend Colorado Springs , Colorado

Terry was such a beautiful sole. Enjoyed so many progressive dinners over the years With Terry's homemade soups. Loved Terry's sense of humor. Loved watching Ashley and Alex grow up. Terry's is So missed and by so many others. Not a day goes by that I do not think of Terry and his family and friends left behind. It's only once in a life time to meet someone like Terry. Beautiful inside and out. He is sadly missed. Brad enjoyed all the bike rides with Terry and the Sharks Bile Group. We Will always always remember Terry and his entire family. With Sincere sympathies. Love Brad and Patti Riesch