Gerard Boeckmann

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Gerard “Jerry” Francis Boeckmann of Belleville, IL passed away on June 5, 2020 at the age of 70.

Jerry was born on September 9, 1949 to the late Rose, nee Korte, and Charles Boeckmann. He grew up in Bartelso, IL where he spent time working in the family garage, hanging out at the clubhouse, and developing his mischievous and jovial personality. Jerry graduated from Aviston Community High School in 1967 and entered the United States Air Force in 1968. He was trained as a jet aircraft mechanic. Upon leaving the Air Force in 1973 at the rank of Sergeant, Jerry happened to see an ad for an IT Technical School on the back of a matchbook, which ultimately decided his career path. He worked as a Computer Systems Analyst for many years before retiring from his job in the Federal Government.

Jerry married the love of his life, Patricia (Bretsch) Boeckmann on October 13, 1984. Together they enjoyed a beautiful life together, filled with love, traveling, and so much laughter. Jerry enjoyed cycling, spending time at the clubhouse, and hanging out with friends, acquaintances, strangers…really anyone at one of his local watering holes. Jerry laughed inappropriately at any chance, never stopped learning and growing, and stood up for what he believed in. A conversation shared with Jerry was never mundane and he never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Charles Boeckman Sr. and Robert Boeckmann; nephews, Charles Boeckman, Jr. and Richard Boeckman; sister-in-law, Eileen Boeckmann; and brother-in-law, Mark Hull.

He is survived by his wife; siblings, Maxine (Jack) Graves and Jim Boeckmann; mother and father-in-law, Dorothy and Karl Bangert; siblings-in-law, Deborah Hull and Joan (Greg) Keltner; nieces and nephews, Christy (Ernest Hill) Generous, Carla Boeckman, John Graves, Jen (Michael) Butler, Jamie Fields, Nichole (Aaron) Fields, Ryan Boeckmann, Katie (Michael) Huffman, Blair (TJ Tennison) Keltner, Hillary Keltner, and Riley Keltner; great nieces and nephews, Emilee (Jon Papp) Generous, Brent Generous, Cassie (Kevin) Pinney, Brandon (Courtney Lee) Boeckman, Nolan Gillouin, Malia Gillouin, Ellie Fields, Henry Fields, Harper Fields, Nolan Butler, Cooper Huffman, and Carter Huffman.

Jerry’s intricate and well-thought out plans to catch both the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus have been a source of great concern for his nieces and nephews – and now his great nieces and nephews – for many years. Both the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are now free to roam unencumbered by fear of Jerry’s traps. But, for the rest of us that knew him, the void left by his passing will be impossible to fill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, to the Belleville Area Humane Society, or to Camp Ondessonk. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  There will be no visitation, and the funeral will be private. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


15 Comments on Gerard Boeckmann

Wendy Terneus said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 11:26 AM

Patti this news saddened my heart. I worked with Jerry in Alton OSM so sorry for your loss. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. Jerry was a special person we will miss him dearly.

  • Farmersvile
  • Illinois
Debbie Larkin said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 6:38 AM

Patti, I am so sorry for your loss, My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Il
Donna Becker Cardwell said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 5:20 PM

I am so sad to hear about Jerry‘s passing I thought I might see him sometime as he may visit the Family home where Bob, his brother ,lived in Bartelso,,,,, but unfortunately that never happened. I attended St. Cecilia grade school with Jerry. One vivid memory is Jerry and Billy always getting in trouble and visiting Sister Henrietta office I believe the last time I saw Jerry. was at the 62218 celebration in Bartelso. I wish I would’ve had the opportunity to see him this year after his brother Bob died. I just can’t believe that he’s gone and at such a young age. My sympathy goes to his wife Patricia and all of Jerry’s family.

  • Bartelso
  • Il
Don kohne said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 4:28 PM

So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Our deepest condolences to all his family. Jerry was a pleasure to work with and one of the finest people I have known.

  • Wellington
  • Ohio
Joy Schieferstein said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 1:52 PM

Jerry, I know this post will not be seen by you in your physical body but I know in my heart you will hear it. I will miss you my friend. All our crazy fun times at work, after work, and after you retired. I know now that your call to me in April was a goodbye although your voice and happy spirit never reflected that. Our final laughs and I love yous are what you gave me. Not a sadness to think of if your departure from this physical world were imminent. I will miss our talks of nieces and nephews, cycling, spinning, your MULTIPLE purchases of bikes, your beautiful wife Patty, our work environment (lol), so many memories. Drinking great beer, socializing at some very entertaing spots aka Bubba and Sissies, Macs in downtown Alton, 529 Brewery before the Indy Car Race in St. Louis and so many more. I love you friend, I am glad I have your voice in my memory. I am glad we shared one more laugh, and it makes my heart less heavy knowing when we last spoke you were on your way to your favorite place to unplug from this crazy world. The place you always found peace!

  • Indianapolis
  • Indiana
Tina Maryan-Spencer said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 12:10 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss and send my deepest sympathy to your family. I worked with Jerry at May Company and so fondly remember our happy hour chats and his stories. He was a kind and sweet man and will forever be remembered. I hope you find comfort and peace in the beautiful memories you have of him and the time spent together.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 11:24 AM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Joe English said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 9:09 AM

Patti - jerry and I shared over 40 years together throughout our careers, through thick and thin, good times and bad. This is so upsetting to me - I will miss 'My Little Buddy' and I think I am a better person for the time we had together - at least I know he was! God bless - RIP $Boy!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Leroy Niehenke said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 8:59 AM

So sorry for your loss Jerry and I have been friends since grade school. We text. About getting together in october when we will be in Illinois I will miss his humor and all the great times growing up with him

  • Midland
  • Va
Paul Fritsch said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 7:45 AM

Very sorry for your loss. Jerry was always a favorite of mine, and along with others in the Alton Office of OSM, we had a really good time telling stories & laughing. He will be missed.

  • Alton
  • IL
Barry & Patti Gregory said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2020 at 11:16 PM

Patti, We are so sorry for your loss. We cannot express how much Gerry meant to us. He will be forever missed. He and I were to start working out together this month. We had our cycling excursion scheduled for July. We will seeing him on the patio when we would arrive to open, while he took a break on his rides. What a wonderful man and friend.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kevin McCarkel said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2020 at 9:54 PM

Dear Patti, I am so very sorry and shocked to hear about Jerry! I always enjoyed running into him and talking at Crehan’s. He was a wonderful man! Thoughts, prayers, and love, to you and the entire family!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Anne Kassly said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2020 at 4:28 PM

Jerry, I am so fortunate to have had you as a dear friend. You and Chuck could make me laugh so much. I am glad we had the opportunity to video chat me in Florida and you in your garage. You and your family are spectacular and love you all. ANNE KASSLY aka Anster

  • Gulf Breeze
  • Florida
Jan & Tom Hustedde said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2020 at 1:33 PM

Patti we are so sorry. We are so blessed to have met you both and shared in many parties and celebrations. He had a witty personality and we always gained a bit of wisdom after any conversation with Jerry. He was quite a guy. Our hearts hurt for you.

  • Breese
  • Illinois
brad frischkorn said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2020 at 1:09 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss Jerry and I had some great times at Famous and them May company. he was a great guy

  • belleville
  • ill.

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