GOSHEN COUNTY – Henry F. Boltjes, Jr died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. His memorial services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Sonrise Church at the Rendezvous Center at the Goshen County Fairgrounds in Torrington. Memorials may be sent to Platte Valley Bank for Festival of Hope and Regional West Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com.
Henry was born in Goshen County to Henry and Ida (Shindledecker) Boltjes on Jan. 7, 1944. He attended many grade schools as his parents were teachers in Eastern Wyoming and graduated from Kemmerer High School in Kemmerer. Later he graduated from Chadron State College in 1969.
He married Beverly and had two children, Hod and Tricia. He taught in LaGrange and later owned businesses in Scottsbluff with his wife. Later returning to teaching, moving into Principal positions, then to a Superintendent position at Loneman School in South Dakota and ending his carerr substitute teaching in Goshen County. He loved teaching and continued through the age of 75- known to many as Mr. B.
Henry’s loves were the state of Wyoming, the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, 57 Chevys, auctions and garage sales and singing with the Sugar Valley Singers, but, his true love were his six grandsons, his great-grandson, Ben and great- granddaughter Iris.
Henry is survived by his son Hod (Deb) Boltjes, daughter Tricia (Alan) Strauch and daughter Amy; grandsons: Taylor, Claire and Ben Boltjes, Nick Chitwood, Brock Chitwood, Caleb Boltjes, Zach, Melany and Iris Boltjes, Brant Boltjes, Jay Struble and Zoie Struble; his brother Herman and Cheryl Boltjes, Bob, Mary and David Kraft, many nieces and nephews, many beloved students and fellow auction attendees.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ida and his wife Bev.