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Daniel Paul Boehlke, 56, died on November 15, 2021 from 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 to St. Paul’s in New Ulm. Growing up just as personal computers arrived 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 swept away a chapter of his father’s doctoral thesis, he picked it up. He also wrote an award-winning Apple II program for the same thesis that allowed his father to analyze and sort data, impressing professors at the University of Iowa. At New Ulm Public High School in New Ulm, he was honored for winning two national computer programming competitions. The Minneapolis Tribune called him a computer prodigy. 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. Then 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 was a consultant for Bethany Lutheran College when 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) which became Onvoy (1994-2000). He especially enjoyed being the Senior Network Engineer for TIES which provided web-based educational courses to 50 member school districts statewide, including many private and charter schools (2005-2015). He has also worked for Aravox, Netsource America, Code42, CompuCom and has done independent consulting. Dan saved a company from ransomware, and he also detected and prevented hackers from using another company’s computer system to attack other systems. His colleagues called him a problem solver who had a deep understanding of complex systems. As a hobby he enjoyed railroad trains, real and model, and enjoyed studying how they worked.

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 issues have slowed him down and he and his family have returned to New Ulm. He now rests 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 stepmother Marcella Lawson of Le Sueur, his brothers Joel (Lisa) of St. Peter, Philip (Karen) of Eagan and Andrew (Jennifer) of Waconia. He loved his grandchildren, Ruth Jeanette and Paul Richard.

He was predeceased by his son Peter and his stepfather Lewis Lawson.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm on Saturday December 4th. Visits will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The service will follow at 11 a.m. Pastors Nathan Scharf and Mark Kom will officiate. Lunch will follow.

Memorials are preferred at 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.


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