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OBITUARY

Lenord Odell Bohannon

5 August, 19235 March, 2020
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Lenord Odell Bohannon, 96, Fulton, MO passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Valley Park North in Fulton, MO. He left for his Heavenly home surrounded by his family and the staff who had become family to him at Valley Park.

Lenord was born on August 5, 1923 in Atlas, AR the son of Euggie Irtle and Effie Eunice (Savage) Bohannon who preceded him in death. On August 3, 1946 he married Mary Elizabeth (Hargrove) Bohannon in Oakland, CA who preceded him in death on March 7, 2014. He obtained his Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1954.

Lenord worked as the Chief Accountant at Fulton State Hospital, retiring in 1988. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon for many years. He was a US Army veteran of WWII, serving from 1942-1945 working in the forward echelon, preparing for the arrival of replacement troops as they came in. After retirement, Lenord enjoyed doing volunteer work, working in his yard, and putting together jigsaw puzzles. He also loved to watch Cardinal baseball or most any kind of sports. Survivors include: one daughter, Michelle Bohannon Yahnig (Ed) of New Bloomfield, MO; one grandson, Caleb Yahnig (fiancé, Kayleen Frazier) of Jefferson City, MO; and two brothers, Gene Bohannon (Betty) of Sikeston, MO and John Bohannon (Margaret Ann) of Sikeston, MO. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, William “Alton” Bohannon and Herbert “Tuffy” Bohannon.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at Debo Funeral Home, Fulton MO. Funeral service will follow at 11:30 am on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the funeral home with Rev. Guy Thomas officiating. Entombment will be in Callaway Memorial Gardens in Fulton, MO with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church or Hospice Compassus, c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St, Fulton, MO 65251.

  • FAMILY

  • Michelle Bohannon Yahnig, Daughter
  • Ed Yahnig, Son-in-law
  • Caleb Yahnig (Kayleen Frazier), Grandson
  • Gene Bohannon (Betty), Brother
  • John Bohannon (Margaret Ann), Brother
  • Lenord was preceded in death by his parents, Euggie Irtle and Effie Eunice Savage Bohannon, his wife, Mary Elizabeth Hargrove Bohannon,
    two brothers, William "Alton" Bohannon and Herbert "Tuffy" Bohannon.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • David Bonvilllion, Pallbearer
  • Gary Douglas, Pallbearer
  • Bruce Robertson , Pallbearer
  • Ron Lamb, Pallbearer
  • Mitch Fletcher, Pallbearer
  • Dennis Bohannon , Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Southside Baptist Church or Hospice Compassus

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 11 March , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, 11 March , 2020

  • Entombment with Military Honors

    Wednesday, 11 March , 2020

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Darla Backer

7 March 2020

I remember one cold winters night, long ago, your Dad and Mom welcoming myself and my little girl into his home after my car got stuck in the snow. He let us wait in the warmth until my husband could get to us. I often think of that night when I pass their home.

May Heavenly Father wrap his loving arms around each of you through this difficult time.
Darla Thomas Backer and Family

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Early years - Bohannon Brothers - Alton, Lenord, Gene, John, Herbert

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Bohannon Brothers

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Europe in WWII

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Lenord served in the 9th Reinforcement Depot during World War II as a Technician Fifth Grade. He earned two bronze stars for campaigns in North France and Rhineland.

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Early years - Bohannon Brothers - Alton, Lenord, Gene, John, Herbert

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Bohannon Brothers

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Europe in WWII

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Lenord served in the 9th Reinforcement Depot during World War II as a Technician Fifth Grade. He earned two bronze stars for campaigns in North France and Rhineland.

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Biography

The biography below on Lenord Bohannon was written on October 20th, 2011 by Caleb Yahnig. Caleb was a Junior in high school at the time. For his Journalism class, his assignment was to write a biography. He chose his grandfather to interview and subsequently write about.

The following biography is about a man who I respect and love a lot. He is a husband, a father, a grandfather. He is a Christian and has served God his whole life. He is a Deacon in his church. He is a veteran of World War II. Although others might not see this man as a hero, he is a hero to my family. He spends his days now caring for his wife, my grandmother, who is battling Dementia. This is not how he planned to live out his retirement. I know it is not easy for him, but yet he never complains, and as long as he is able to keep my grandmother at home with him, that is what he wants to do. My grandfather is a man who set goals for himself, worked hard, and overcame obstacles that stood in his way.

Lenord Bohannon was born on August 5, 1923, in Atlas Arkansas to Effie and Euggie Bohannon, He was the second of five boys born to the couple. The family lived in Arkansas for about 10 years and then moved to Missouri so that Lenord's father could find work. His father had always been a farmer, but times during the Depression were difficult. Lenord's father found work at a saw mill in Morehouse, Missouri, to help supplement their farming income.

Even though times were hard during the Depression and money was tight, Lenord and his brothers had a happy childhood. He recalls that his mother was a very good cook, and their staple foods were potatoes, beans, and cornbread. He says that his two favorite vegetables today still are potatoes and beans. Lenord remembers having dogs around their house that the boys used for hunting which added rabbits or squirrels to their evening meals. The boys loved to play sports and often played sandlot baseball games. Lenord played on the basketball team in high school.

After high school graduation, Lenord served in World War II for three years from 1942 to 1945. He was stationed in England, France, and Belgium. He described his duty as serving in the forward eschilon, getting things in order to handle replacement troops as they came in. Lenord states, "The only cruise I ever went on in my life was courtesy of the U.S. government when I was sent to Europe during World War II. I did get to ride on the "Queen Elizabeth," though." He recalled that the ship docked in Scotland, and they were transported by train to England.

After World War II, Lenord returned to Morehouse, Missouri, but was unable to find full time work. In 1946, he moved to Oakland, California, and began working for Standard Oil in the Chemical Division. During this time, my grandmother, Mary Hargrove, joined him in California, and they were married at the First Baptist Church in Oakland on August 3rd, 1946. Lenord jokes and says, "My wife chased me to the West Coast, and I couldn't swim so I married her." Lenord reports that the rainy weather in California was not good for his health, so they returned to Missouri some time in 1948.

After moving back to Missouri, Lenord got a job driving a truck, but reported that he did not see much of a future in that. He felt that there must be something better that life had to offer, so in 1949 he made the decision to return to college. He was accepted at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He had been out of high school for 8 years. Lenord reported that for the first year, Mary stayed in Morehouse and worked at the shoe factory, then joined him in Columbia. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1954 with a Master's Degree in Accounting.

After graduating from college, Lenord obtained a job with the Maytag Company in Newton, Iowa, and he and Mary moved north. Lenord worked as an auditor for Maytag and traveled all over the United States. In 1959, the couple had a daughter, Michelle. At that time, Lenord switched jobs with Maytag and went from auditing to a systems analyst position so that he would not have to travel.

In 1970, Lenord took a position with TRW, and the family moved to North Canton, Ohio. About 7 months later, the company transferred him to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, so they moved again. In 1972, TRW downsized, and Lenord and his family relocated to Fulton, Missouri, where he worked as the Chief Accountant at Fulton State Hospital until his retirement in 1988.

Since his retirement, Lenord spends a lot of his time volunteering at his church, working in his yard, and working puzzles. He loves to work jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and word searches. He also enjoys watching sports on TV, particularly Cardinal baseball. He stated that he does not particularly enjoy commercials and presses the "mute" button on the TV so that he does not have to listen to them.

Lenord reported that his favorite book was the "Bible" and that in 1954 he read it from cover to cover for the first time. He has read it again several times since then. He has attended the Baptist Church for all his life and serves as a Deacon at Southside Baptist Church in Fulton. He is extremely faithful and believes that God has answered his prayers many times during his life.

During this interview, I learned so much about my grandfather that I never knew. I learned that his favorite color is blue, his favorite ice cream is vanilla, and his favorite fruit is an apple. I learned that he wasn't particularly fond of pets, but tolerated them for my mother's sake. While she was growing up, they lived with a cat named Satchemo, a poodle named Missy, a Doberman named Salem, and a toy poodle named Muffin. I learned that his favorite types of music are country and Gospel, and that he loved singing in the church choir. I learned that his favorite car was a 1933 Chevrolet Coupe, which he stated he took an old John Deere tractor sign and cut out the letters "O Deer" and put in the back glass. When I asked him why he preferred Chevrolet's, he stated, "Because they always got better gas mileage than a Ford. This goes back to my frugal upbringing."

My grandfather has a tremendous sense of humor. When asked if he was allergic to anything, he said, "Only needles, I pass out when I see those." When asked what he loved about his life right now, he said, "Being able to get out of bed. What do you expect from an 88-year-old guy? It's a great thrill just to get up every morning." When asked what his favorite drink was, he replied "Pepsi Cola. We called that Country Boy Coke. Years ago you got twice as much Pepsi as Coke for the money. Money was hard to come by so as kids growing up we tried to use it wisely."

When asked about vacations he had taken during his lifetime, Lenord indicated that most vacations were spent visiting his and my grandmother's parents in Morehouse, Missouri. He reported that he had hoped to do a lot of traveling once my grandmother retired, but things didn't work out that way. After my grandmother retired, her health failed, and she battled cancer twice and beat it; but is now facing a losing battle with Dementia. His biggest regret was not ever being able to see Mount Rushmore or the Grand Canyon in person.

Lenord Bohannon is a great example of the American Dream. He grew up during the Great Depression, served his country in World War II, and then bettered his life by getting a higher education. He worked hard to make a good life for his family. He is still working hard, but in a different way, by caring for his wife of 65 years. He is one of the finest men I have ever known, and I am proud that he is my grandfather.

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