Arnold "Ink" Bokelman

March 23, 1935April 24, 2019

Arnold "Ink" Bokelman, 84, of Greensburg passed away on April 24, 2019. He was born on March 23, 1935 in Decatur County, the son of Arthur and Mildred (Brown) Bokelman. Ink was a 1953 graduate of Clarksburg High School. He married Rita Fisse on June 14, 1958 and together they had three children: Mark, Michael, and Ann. Ink was a farmer, bus driver for North Decatur Schools for over 18 years, sold insurance for Commonwealth, and he owned and operated Heartland Realty. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Greensburg Country Club. Ink enjoyed playing cards at the County Club and spending time with his family. Survivors include: Wife- Rita Bokelman; Sons- Mark (Colleen) Bokelman of Greensburg and Mike (Christy) Bokelman of Greensburg; Daughter- Ann (Gregg) Sciarra of Warsaw, Indiana; Grandchildren- Breanna (Dustin) McMillan, Ashley (Josh) Snapp, Lauren (Craig) Wright, Lindsay Sciarra, David Bokelman, and Abby Bokelman; Great Grandchildren- Ryan, Carter, Ellie, Gabriel, and Anne. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Brother- William Bokelman; and Sisters- Vivian "Madge" Schoentrup and Elizabeth "Betty" Davis. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 11AM – 1PM at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Rosary will be prayed at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 1:30PM followed by Mass at 2PM also on Friday. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the St. Mary’s Catholic Church for Masses. Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Arthur Bokelman, Father
  • Mildred Bokelman, Mother
  • Rita Bokelman, Spouse
  • Mark (Colleen) Bokelman, Son
  • Mike (Christy) Bokelman, Son
  • Ann (Gregg) Sciarra, Daughter
  • Breanna (Dustin) McMillan, Grandchild
  • Ashley (Josh) Snapp, Grandchild
  • Lauren (Craig) Wright, Grandchild
  • Lindsay Sciarra, Grandchild
  • David Bokelman, Grandchild
  • Abby Bokelman, Grandchild
  • William Bokelman, Brother
  • Vivian "Madge" Schoentrup, Sister
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Davis, Sister
  • Ink is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Ryan, Carter, Ellie, Gabriel and Anne

  • Josh Snapp
  • David Bokelman
  • Greg Sciarra
  • Craig Wright
  • Mark Bokelman
  • Mike Bokelman

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church for Masses


  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Rosary Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, April 26, 2019


Arnold "Ink" Bokelman

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Jim Vail

May 9, 2019

Ink was a really great friend. In our younger years, he "encouraged" me (i.e., told me) to stop delaying, and to call Ellie Callaghan for a date. I did, and we'll be celebrating our 63rd wedding anniversary this year. Good advice, Ink. Thank you. Rita, you were married to a good man. God bless you and all the family.

Kris Rose

April 26, 2019

Ink was a great man I would always see him around town his is some how my cousin on my dad s my God be with

Robert & Jean Scheidler

April 25, 2019

We did not get to the funeral home for the visitation for "Ink". We wish to extend our prayers and sympathy of the death of your husband and father.

Nancy Fogg

April 25, 2019

Ink was a great guy! I have fond memories of our families visiting as a kid. While most kids don’t like riding a bus to school, we knew we were in good hands with him! And of course, who can forget Reese cups at Christmas every year! He had a way of making his riders feel special. Blessings to all of you. You’re in my prayers.

Todd Roberts

April 24, 2019

I had inky as a bus driver when I went to North Decatur. He was a great guy and he will be missed. God bless you Inky. Praying for ALL his family.

Christy Dunne

April 24, 2019

Fond memories of "Ink" at our home when I was growing up. He sold me my first life insurance policy when I was 19 and I still have it. Condolences to the family on the loss of a great man and friend to my parents Ray and Pat Brown. Prayers for the family as you journey through this loss.

Budd and June Ryle and Family

April 24, 2019

Our heartfelt sympathy to all the family at this very difficult time. Love, hugs and prayers.