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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Retired Sleepy Eye teacher, coach passes away at age 81

  • Donald Boelter, 81, of Sleepy Eye, died Friday, Sept. 20 in New Ulm. Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.
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  • Donald Boelter, 81, of Sleepy Eye, died Friday, Sept. 20 in New Ulm. Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.
     
    Donald LuVerne Boelter was born May 6, 1932, in New Ulm and graduated from New Ulm High School in 1950. Donald went on to further his education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. In 1964, he received a Master’s degree from Arizona State University.
     
    Donald held various teaching and coaching positions, including Sleepy Eye where he successfully coached the baseball team to a Class 2A State Tournament three times earning the title of State Champions once and runner-up once. He also taught at Sleepy Eye Public School for 31 years. He was named Teacher of the Year in 1987.
     
    Donald played baseball for many years on various town teams including Courtland, New Ulm Brewers and Millers, Belle Plaine and Sleepy Eye where he managed the team for one summer. In 1972, Donald was inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame. He also served as District 10 representative to the Minnesota High School League Coaches Association where he was a member of the 25 year club.
     
    “He was a real good second baseman,” said teammate and friend Pat (Lefty) Reynolds, who gathered with Donald and other teammates from the 1958 Class A ball team for a reunion. “He was a fine teammate and a very good competitor.” 
     
    Donald enjoyed coaching and playing baseball, hunting, fishing, gardening, golfing, playing cards and spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his wife, Yvonne, of almost 60 years.
    A complete obituary can be found on page 6 of the print edition or online.

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