Jeffrey “JB” Elroy Boelter passed away at his home in Winona surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. He courageously battled brain cancer for two and a half years before passing away at the age of 54. JB was born on March 25, 1964, in Albert Lea, Minn., to his parents, Elroy and Diane Boelter. He attended and graduated from New Richland-Hartland High School in 1982. He then attended Southeast Technical College in Winona and received a degree in marketing. It is during that time that he began his 34-year career with Fastenal.
In 1993, he married Julie Long in New Richland, Minn. They spent the next 25 years making their home in the beautiful bluffs of rural Winona and raising their three children, Jenna, Jared and Jonah. JB’s positive attitude on life was felt by everyone around him. His pure heart cared for all those around him, his integrity and ability to always do the right thing never wavered. His smile always lit up a room and was a quality for which everybody knew him. JB was a huge Vikings fan and enjoyed cheering on his children, family vacations and volunteering at Callista Court and St. Anne’s. He left the world a much better place because of who he was to so many. Go into the world and make a positive difference to others in honor of JB and leave this world a better place like he did.
JB is survived by his wife, Julie; and their children, Jenna, Jared and Jonah of Winona, Minn.; parents, Elroy and Diane Boelter of New Richland, Minn.; sister, Brenda (Jeff) Kremer of North Mankato, Minn.; brother, Mark (Michelle) Boelter of Winona, Minn.; in-laws, Bill and Virginia Long of Marshalltown, Iowa; sister-in-law, Janet (Dean) Damman of Melbourne, Iowa; brother-in-law, Mike (Rita) Long of Grant, Neb.; sister-in-law, Melinda Dostal of Toledo, Iowa; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Thank you to Winona Hospice for all the love and care they gave JB and his family. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018, at Central Lutheran Church with Rev. Mike Zaske officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, and one hour prior to the service at the church. JB will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please leave a memory of JB and view his video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family.