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“John was a great friend and one of the kindest people we ever met. He and my husband Steve were very close and shared many stories out on the water...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Liz Youngs - Charleston, SC

“John did live life to the fullest. He was always so helpful when serving our community. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones....Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: WANDA Potts - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Mr John will be missed in our street and neighborhood. He was always very active and always ready for a good conversation, sharing his experiences...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Leo and Ana Cassola - SC

“As a "relatively new" 3 year boating resident, I was so pleased, impressed, and appreciative of the exceptional effort John selflessly put into the...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Jane Olson - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“John was a great husband, friend, and companion to my sister Reta. As a former Goodyear employee, I know that John still felt significant loyalty to...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: James Walker (Ohio)

“On behalf of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Order offers its deepest condolences and is proud of a life well lived by Colonel Boettner...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Sherry Crose


John Jacob Boettner, 85, husband of Reta J. Boettner, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, March, 3, 2021. A celebration of his life will be held at Brickyard Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, SC at a later date.

John was born April 8, 1935 in Akron, Ohio, son of the late Harry W. Boettner and Frances Leak Boettner. He was a graduate of Ohio University and attended both Kent State University and Northwestern University for graduate studies. Upon graduation from Ohio University, he entered the training program at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company which was the beginning of a lengthy and successful career.

His distinguished career with Bridgestone Firestone took him to numerous cities working with manufacturing plants and start-ups. John worked for several years with Bridgestone as vice president of manufacturing and then returned to Bridgestone Firestone retiring in 1995 after a fulfilling career.

John was a man of many seasons and many interests. He was a US Army Reserves veteran and his commitment to civic organizations and public service includes volunteering and memberships in chambers of commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, The United Way Board, being a past Kentucky Colonel and numerous boards in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

John's lived life to its fullest. He received his sea captain's license and spent a lot of time on the water in and around the Charleston area. He was a certified BBQ judge, a Fort Moultrie tour guide and managed the Brickyard Plantation boat storage facility. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing.

John and Reta celebrated more than 32 years of marriage. In addition to Reta, he is survived by his son, Jeff Boettner of McMinnville, TN; son, William J. Nist (Laura) of Buffalo, NY; daughter-in-law, Helen Nist of New Paltz, NY; grandchildren Joe, Emma and Sophie Nist; sisters, Dorothy Greiner of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Martha Andres (Dudley) of Mt. Pleasant, SC and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Nist.

Memorials may be made to Goodwill Industries, 2150 Eagle Drive, Building 100, North Charleston, SC 29406.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.