Gerald A. Boelte

Published 1:31 pm Monday, February 26, 2024

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Aug. 15, 1946 – Feb. 22, 2024

NATCHEZ – Gerald Alfred Boelte, affectionately known as Jerry, passed away in a single‐vehicle accident on his family property on Feb. 22, 2024, at the age of 77. He was born Aug. 15, 1946, in New Orleans, LA,

to Katherine and John Boelte.

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Jerry is survived by his cherished wife, Hedy; his sister, Carolyn Sanford; his brother, John Boelte (Jan); his five children, Letty K. Boelte, Leah Chace (Trey), Annie Heard (Chris), Jeremy Boelte (Caitlin), and Caroline Butterworth (Taylor). His legacy also extends to his 12 grandchildren who brought him immeasurable joy and wonder. Their memories of their beloved “Grand Duka” will forever be treasured.

Jerry loved to spend time with his family members and was sincerely interested in the lives of each of his children and grandchildren. He was extremely cheerful in affection and ardent in his desire to have a tight‐knit family. Pet names, meaningful birthday cards, long outdoor adventures, and purposeful conversation were commonplace in the Boelte household.

He possessed a zest for life, brimming with fervor and driven by an insatiable passion for learning, family, faith, health, and wildlife. His unwavering determination propelled him to remarkable achievements both personally and professionally.

Though professionally known as an oil and businessman, one of Jerry’s greatest joys in life was his dedication to the conservation and enhancement of wildlife. He was deeply committed to the natural world around him, and his efforts to preserve and cultivate land were nothing short of inspiring. His favorite pastime was enjoying the great outdoors and had a daily habit of walking and observing God’s creation to his heart’s delight. This experience was greatly enhanced for him when he was joined by members of his family.

Jerry obtained his BS in Petroleum Engineering from LSU and grew to become an industry leader in the exploration and discovery of oil and gas reserves. His business acumen was admired by many and he worked tirelessly with the staff until his dying day. His enthusiasm for exploration was infectious and, in this spirit, he built an organization of dedicated, loyal staff who strove for excellence.

In recent years, Jerry underwent a profound spiritual deepening in which he devoted countless hours to truly knowing and loving The Lord. He compiled writings from spiritual giants highlighting insights that were inspiring to him. He joyously shared his “Keys to Success” in the hopes that each person would find at least one item that resonated with them.

Though Jerry may no longer walk among us, his legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who were touched by his extraordinary presence. His “keys” will continue to serve as guiding lights, helping his loved ones as they navigate life’s challenges and uncertainties without him.

Rest in peace, Jerry, you were truly “one of a kind”.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at St. Mary’s Basilica in Natchez, MS. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Rosary at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Monastery, 31 Airport Road, Natchez, MS 39120.

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