Daniel Paul Boehlke

Daniel Paul Boehlke

Daniel Paul Boehlke, age 56, died November 15, 2021, after suffering a heart attack.

Born July 8, 1965 in Red Wing, MN, Dan was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Goodhue, MN by Pastor Warren Henrich. He graduated from St. Paul’s Lutheran School and was confirmed at St. Paul’s in New Ulm. Growing up just when personal computers came on the scene and encouraged by his teachers, he thrived at New Ulm Public High. His parents bought him an Apple II with 16K. When a static shock blew away a chapter of his father’s PhD thesis, he recovered it. He also wrote an award-winning Apple II program for the same thesis that allowed his dad to analyze and sort data, impressing the professors at the University of Iowa. At New Ulm Public High School in New Ulm he was recognized for winning two state computer programming contests. The Minneapolis Tribune called him a computer whiz kid. He graduated in 1983 but still wrote an attendance program for his school. Dan then attended Mankato State to study programming but ended up working for them. Next, he was hired by Gustavus Adolphus College to manage and build their system. He was proud to lead the networking of the Gustavus campus system using fiber optics. He served as a consultant for Bethany Lutheran College as they set up their system. He moved to the Twin Cities and worked as a consultant and senior engineer for several companies including the Minnesota Regional Network (MRnet) that became Onvoy (1994-2000). He especially enjoyed being the senior network engineer for TIES that provided educational classes over the web to 50 member school districts statewide including numerous private and charter schools (2005-2015). He also worked for Aravox, Netsource America, Code42, CompuCom and did independent consulting. Dan rescued one company from ransomware, and he also detected and blocked hackers from using another company’s computer system to attack other systems. Coworkers called him a problem solver that had a deep understanding of complex systems. As a hobby, he loved railroad trains, both real and models, and liked to study how they operate.

He was serious about his faith in Jesus Christ and active in his church at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in West St. Paul, serving on the worship committee, and helping with technology. Recently, health problems slowed him down, and he and his family moved back to New Ulm. He now has rest with Jesus Christ.

Dan is survived by his wife, Sandra, his children, Mathew (Kate), Rebecca, Thomas, and Rachel, his parents Paul and Jeanette of New Ulm, his mother-in-law Marcella Lawson of Le Sueur, his brothers, Joel (Lisa) of St. Peter, Philip (Karen) of Eagan, and Andrew (Jennifer) of Waconia. He enjoyed his grandchildren, Ruth Jeanette and Paul Richard.

He was preceded in death by his son Peter, and his father-in-law, Lewis Lawson.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm on Saturday, Dec. 4th. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. The service will follow at 11 am. Pastors Nathan Scharf and Mark Kom will officiate. A lunch will follow.

Memorials are preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Crown of Life Lutheran in West St. Paul, Minnesota Valley Lutheran High, St. Croix Lutheran Academy, or Martin Luther College.