William Christopher (“Chris”) Boettcher passed from this life on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.  He was 45 years old.
A celebration of Chris’s life will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.  
Chris dedicated his life to giving back what was given to him.  He had an unwavering loyalty to his family and friends and he shone the brightest when helping those in need.  His heart was warm, open and generous and every day he gave himself to others so that they might find happiness and peace.
He cherished time with his loving and beautiful wife, his devoted and adoring mother and his wonderful friends.  He loved to laugh and be will be remembered always for his warm heart and unforgettable smile.  The combination of his strong spirit and giving nature made him a memorable and special force in the lives of so many.   
Chris reveled in spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife and friends.  He enjoyed golf and biking and loved his Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals.  
He was bright, articulate and extremely dedicated to all his endeavors.  Those who knew him will attest to his high personal standards and clear vision of style and what he wanted in life.  These qualities led him to a very successful career in mortgage lending and a unique and beautiful home in Columbia.  
Chris also had boundless compassion for animals in need throughout his life.  He loved all of his pets, including his dogs, Bennie, Sophie, and the famous Junior Brown.  
He attended Mexico High School where he was an outstanding athlete before graduating in 1986 from Rock Bridge High School.  He graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1990 with a B.S. in Consumer and Family Economics.  He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
He is survived by his wife, Vanessa Boettcher of Columbia; his mother, Glenda Filbert of Columbia; and six stepsiblings, Laura Zacher, Lisa Filbert Macon, Preston Filbert, Lydia Craft, Brian Filbert and Brent Filbert.  He is also survived by relatives and close friends too numerous to mention.  
He was preceded in death by his father, William Albert Boettcher, his stepfather, Garvin (“Gary”) Preston Filbert, and his brothers, Michael Dotson and Terry Dotson.
The family wishes that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society.