Helen Jean Bokelman
March 4, 1941 – May 22, 2019
Helen Jean Bokelman, 78, of Clarksburg passed away unexpectedly on May 22, 2019. She was born on March 4, 1941, in Decatur County, the daughter of Carlos (Jack) and Mildred Kincaid Hite. On July 26, 1964, she married Ronald Eugene Bokelman at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Indiana. He preceded her in death on June 22, 2014. Jeanne was a graduate of Clarksburg High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ball State University. Jeanne retired from North Decatur Elementary School after more than 42 years of teaching in the county. Throughout her career she taught music, business, and third grade. She loved teaching; playing the piano; and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Springhill Presbyterian Church, serving as a past organist and pianist. Jeanne was also involved with Women Educators, Delta Theta Pi, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Tri Kappa. Survivors include her daughter, Carole (Mike) Dierckman, son, Steve (Sally) Bokelman, grandchildren: Dustin and Katelyn Bokelman. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, May 25 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Gilliland Howe Funeral Home; Rev. Shannon Burford will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Springhill Presbyterian Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Decatur County Special Olympics, or to the Springhill Presbyterian Church.
- Carlos "Jack" Hite, Father
- Mildred Hite, Mother
- Ronald Bokelman, Husband
- Carole (Mike) Dierckman, Daughter
- Steve (Sally) Bokelman, Son
- Dustin Bokelman, Grandson
- Katelyn Bokelman, Granddaughter
- Katelyn Bokelman
- Dustin Bokelman
- Nick Thackery
- John Kincaid
- Brian Bokelman
- Eric Bokelman
- Donovan Meyer
- Mike Bewley
- Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department
- Decatur County Special Olympics
- Springhill Presbyterian Church
- Visitation Saturday, May 25, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, May 26, 2019
Helen Jean Bokelman
May 27, 2019
Worked with Ron many years. Known Steve since he was a young man. So sorry for your loss.
May 26, 2019
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Helen Jean. Too many memories to share of our dear neighbor. I have no idea how many plates of baked goods she received from me during the summer around fair time. Prayers to Carol and Steve.
May 24, 2019
I had the privilege of teaching at Clarksburg Elementary with Helen Jean. She was a wonderful teacher, person, and mother! She was an inspiration to us all! My condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed!
Linda Hash (Gabbard)
May 23, 2019
So sorry for her family's loss. I loved Mrs. Bokelman. She was a great music teacher, and she loved her classes. I was lucky enough to be in her choir at Clarksburg School. She a wonderful teacher. My only regret was not having enough time in my schedule for choir when we went to North Decatur.