Walter and Iny



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Hazel, Verna,
Inez and Eunice

Inez and doll


Eliza, Walter and
entire growing family



Hazel, Verna,
Inez and Eunice

Walter and Iny
Nancy, Bob, Bill
and Lynda.


Walt and Iny Boettcher,
Art Fli ck, Eunice Baker,
Roy Baker and Verna Flick

Eliza and Walter with
6 grown kids.  Fred, Iny,
Donald, Cully, Casey
and Verna.



Inez and Buck



Walter and Inez Boettcher

Lynda, Inez oldest child

Inez and her three oldest children, Bill, Bob and Lynda

Orville Leighty, Casey Miller and Iny Leighty

Iny, Bob & Marsha
Boettcher, 2007

Iny with Doug and
Denise Miller

Inez F. Leighty

MAY 15, 1921 – OCTOBER 8, 2018


Inez (Miller) Boettcher Leighty

As the youngest of ten children, Inez Fern Miller was born in Tolstoy, SD in 1921 to Walter C. Miller and Eliza Tolvstad Miller. When she was four years old, the family relocated to the Onaka area, and in 1929 they moved west to a ranch nine miles south of Dupree. Inez attended country schools with her brothers and graduated from Dupree High School in 1939.

After attending Black Hills Teachers College, she taught at Ridgeview and at Hitchcock school near Redfield, South Dakota. In June of 1943, she traveled by train to Camp Campbell, Kentucky and married Sergeant Walter Boettcher from Redfield. After Walter was shipped overseas, Inez went back to Canova to live near her sisters Eunice Baker and Verna Flick. Soon after moving there, she traveled alone by bus to Sioux Falls where she gave birth to her first child, Lynda.

After WWII, Inez and Walter celebrated the birth of their first son, Bill, and two years later, another celebration, this time for second son, Bob. The family lived in both Mitchell and White Lake before moving to Oacoma where Walter worked for Barber Transportation Company. In 1953, while a new bridge was being constructed across the “mighty Missouri” between Oacoma and Chamberlain, Inez was required to cross the river on a pontoon bridge in order to get to the Chamberlain Hospital, where daughter Nancy was born. In 1955, the Boettcher family moved to Chamberlain where they lived for almost fifteen years.

Inez taught Sunday school, led Cub Scouts, and nursed her children through broken arms, broken teeth, broken hearts and various childhood illnesses. She enjoyed her children’s ball games and concerts. Their friends were always welcome in her home where they were all invited to enjoy homemade bread and donuts. Inez was a talented seamstress and over the years made everything from winter coats to mittens and prom dresses.

Upon Walter’s retirement, the couple moved from Sioux Falls to Custer and then on to Rapid City, wintering most years in Mesa, Arizona. Walter passed away in 1987.

In 1989 Inez married Orville Leighty. She and Orville continued to live in Rapid City and Arizona until his death in the spring of 2001 after which Inez spent a year in Arizona with her daughters before moving into Echo Ridge Retirement facility in Rapid City. She lived there for the next eight years before relocating to Missoula Manor in Missoula, Montana in 2010 and then to Grand Court in Mesa, Arizona in the fall of 2013.

Early on the morning of October 8, 2018, at the age of 97, Inez peacefully made one last move as she joined family and friends who had gone on before her.

She is survived by her children, three of them in Arizona; Lynda Sebring (David) of Mesa, Bill Boettcher (Roxy) of Cave Creek, and Nancy Lorenz (Al) of Fountain Hills; and Bob Boettcher (Marsha) of Warwick, North Dakota. She had eleven grand-children and ten great-grandchildren, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by nine siblings, her parents, and a greatgrandson.

A family memorial service for Inez has been scheduled at Mariposa Gardens in Mesa, Arizona at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 13, with final internment in late October at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

The family suggests that memorial gifts in Inez’ name be donated to the Ziebach County Historical Society in Dupree, South Dakota or to Emblem Hospice in Chandler, AZ.



Lewis T. "Cully" Miller Family
Fred Nelson Miller
Eunice Miller Baker Family
Hazel Miller Potter Family
Inez Miller Boettcher Leighty
Donald Miller Family
Casey Miller Book
Delbert W. Miller Family
Verna Flick


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