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Howe Mortuary & Crematory

439 Coffman St, Longmont, CO

OBITUARY

William Joseph Bohn

October 10, 1931May 12, 2020

William Joseph Bohn, a self-employed business man, U.S. Navy veteran, and Broncos fan, died after a brief illness on May 12, 2020 at Life Care of Longmont. He was 88 years old.

Mr. Bohn was born in Grant Nebraska, and spent his early years in that area. In February of 1941, he and his family moved to a farm they had purchased west of Longmont.

A member of Future Farmers of America, Mr. Bohn was on the track team at Longmont High School, where he graduated with the class of 1948. Two years later, upon learning that his number was up first at the draft board, he enlisted in the Navy. Trained as a cook, he served for four years aboard a destroyer, the U.S.S. Gregory. His time in service included ports-of-call around the Pacific Rim, and deployments in support of the fight against Communist aggression during the Korean Conflict.

Returning to the Longmont area after leaving the Navy, Mr. Bohn met Phyllis Fiori of Frederick, Colorado. The two were married on June 26, 1957 at First Lutheran Church of Longmont. The following year, he decided to return to work in agriculture, and the couple moved back to the family farm. Starting in 1962, they worked side-by-side running the Fair Acres Dairy. Mr. Bohn and his wife sold the milking herd in 1992, but continued to reside on the farm.

Raising three children along the way, they were involved in the Niwot Elementary School PTA, and active with First Lutheran Church activities. Each December for sixty years in a row, Mr. Bohn tended the pot-bellied stove at the historic Ryssby church, warming the sanctuary during the annual candlelight Christmas services.

Along the way, Mr. Bohn was an active member of the American Legion Post #32, and a founding member of the post Honor Guard. He served on the boards of both the Boulder County and Colorado State Farm Bureau, holding several positions, for more than 20 years.

After selling the milking herd, he and his wife enjoyed travelling to conventions, reunions with U.S.S. Gregory shipmates, and visiting relatives in Germany – during Oktoberfest, of course. For many years, Mr. Bohn had season tickets to football games at Colorado State University, and he enjoyed attending the meetings of the St. Vrain Ram Boosters Club.

Mr. Bohn’s wife died in January, 2010.

He is survived by his daughter Mary (Pete) of Arvada, sons Karl (Patti) of Lubbock TX, and Veryl of Dallas TX; grandchildren Lelah Simon of Los Angeles and Nate Gensler of Lubbock, great-grandchildren Nathan, Nehemiah, Abigail and Gunner Gensler, also of Lubbock; and his brother Eugene, of Longmont. Mr. Bohn also leaves behind his friend and travel companion Donna Befus, whom he had known since moving to the area in 1941. Memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, the Ryssby Memorial Fund, American Legion Post 32 Honor Guard, or the organization of your choice.

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Bill & Jean Turner

May 24, 2020

Always a smile, a good joke, kind words and a hug. What a remarkable man Bill was. We were fortunate to be able to call Bill friend and will miss his kind ways.

Dale & Shirley Holst

May 21, 2020

To the Bohn family,

We long enjoyed the friendship of Bill and his family. Bill introduced me to the local American Legion Club when we first arrived in Longmont in 1966. I also served with him on the Legion Honor Guard. Bill convinced me to join him as an usher at First Lutheran during that time frame.

Since we both served four years on destroyers in the Pacific during the Korean War we had a lot to talk about.

He was a great person and we will certainly miss him.

Sincerely,
Dale and Shirley Holst

Gary and Carol Curry

May 21, 2020

To Bill's family,
We knew Bill for years through the Legion. He and Phyllis were such wonderful caring people. He will be missed by many.
Sincerely,
Gary and Carol Curry

David & Kay Douglas

May 18, 2020

We will miss a great man. We are so happy for having met you . You were a terrific support for us as I pray we were for you in the years we spent helping people through the GriefShare process.
We will miss the easiest person to please in our lives. Fried chicken, pie ala mode and a party we had.
We are grateful and honored to have had you in our lives for these ten years.
You, our friend, will be missed by many.
We send our sympathy to all three children, who you spoke of with much love and pride.
God Bless
Dave & Kay

Judy Nielsen

May 18, 2020

We always enjoyed visiting with Bill at the American Legion.
He was a good friend to our family’s.
Mike Dionigi and Judy Nielsen
Cody Wyoming.

Arvid Unterseher

May 17, 2020

We so much enjoyed Bill's sense of humor and wit. He would take us aside before church service to tell us a joke. What an inspiring person and we considered him a great friend. Arvid and Bill would fill in for each other as head usher when one or the other was not going to be there. Bill will be deeply missed.
Our deepest sympathy to all of his family.
Arvid and Ginny

Monti Caron

May 14, 2020

This man always made my feel special. Our family met his family when we moved to Longmont, Colorado. We met at First Lutheran church. He always went out of his way to give me hugs on Sunday mornings before services. He helped seat people at our wedding. We have exchanged Christmas cards for 40 years. He was one of the people we looked forward to seeing every Christmas at Rysby Church Services. He honored our father at his Memorial Service serving with the Honor Guard. He presented me with the brass shells from the gun salute. It was our family who was honored to have him in our lives. Bill I will miss your hugs, smile and Christmas card and letter. I hope you are enjoying a cup of coffee with my Dad. Love you!

Donlyn Arbuthnot Whissen

May 14, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Bond. Bill served as the Master of the Altona Grange No. 127, and we will always remember him. We loved his stories and memories of the early days when he and his wife were active at Altona Grange.
We were blessed with his friendship.
This is our photo of Bill when he served as Master (President). It is on display in the Altona Grange Hall along with the other Past Masters of this Grange.

Eric Johnson

May 13, 2020

Mr Bohn it was truly an honor to know you. You are the true definition of the good old salt of the earth man. Kind, smart, hard working and a man that loved his family. You had a way of telling stories with detail down to the minute they happened, even back in 1946.
I will miss jawing back and forth with you and always losing to your whitty comebacks.
One highlight of my time spent with you was the christmas program at Ryssby, followed by dinner and a possible crown royal cocktail at Outback. The world lost one of the good ones and I will surely miss you. God speed Bill and thank you for being in my life.

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