Adolf Bahlkow

August 17, 1924January 21, 2021

Adolf P Bahlkow age 96 passed away peacefully at home on Thursday January 21, 2021 with his daughter Kim and wife Barbara at his side.

Adolf was born in St. Louis, MO on August 17, 1924. At age 18, while a freshman at the University of Missouri, he was drafted into active duty in Germany where he served with the fighting 69th infantry division until the end of the war. He then resumed his studies, earning a BS in Electrical Engineering.

He met the love of his life, Barbara Donlan in 1953 and they enjoyed 66 years of marriage. 64 of those years were spent living in Sudbury, MA. He worked as an electrical engineer in the private sector for 20 years and then as a civilian instructor for Army intelligence for 20 years. Adolf was a Mason and member of the American Legion. He marched from Sudbury to Concord every Patriots day for 20 years as a member of the Sudbury Minute and Militia. He was a charter member of Bridges, an intergenerational program in the Sudbury schools. He spent 10 years as a member of the Sudbury Historical Commission and attended the Memorial Congregational Church.

He leaves his devoted wife Barbara of Sudbury. His son Gary and Gary’s beloved Kimble Greene of North Yarmouth ME. His daughter Karen Brown of Pepperell, MA. His daughter Kim Bahlkow of Manchester, NH. Seven grand children, Ashley and her husband Dan, Sophie, Richard, Darcy and her husband Isaac, Stephanie, Max and Matthew. Two great grandsons, Cedar and Skylar, a dear sister-in-law Betty Barton, and many loved nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother Marie Streider , his father Adolf M Bahlkow and his brother Hank.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Congregational Church, 26 Concord Rd Sudbury, MA 01776 or the E.B. Hosmer Fund at the Sudbury Historical Commission : Flynn Building, 278 Old Sudbury Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776


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Lyn MacLean

February 1, 2021

Adolf worked very hard to be sure 479 paintings done by of Miss Hosmer were inventoried. It was a four year project that documented the information of each painting and their location in the house or out in the public. He was dedicated to the restoration
of the Hosmer House and was an active member of the Sudbury
Historical Commission. I shall miss him immensely. Lyn MacLean

Linda Mercurio

February 1, 2021

Sending my love and condolences to the entire Bahlkow family. During my high school years, I spent countless hours with my friend, Kim at the Bahlkow home. Adolf and Barbara always made me feel right at home at 8 Tanbark Drive. I will remember Adolf for his smile, kindness, and wit... and for his patience when our youthful choices were less than wise. What a wonderful example Adolf set for us all. I am so grateful to have known him.

Richard Brown

January 25, 2021

Grandpa you always knew exactly how to cheer us up with a witty joke or a pat on the head. We are all so blessed to have had you in our lives. We could not have asked for a better role model. Thank you for being the man you were and showing us all how its done!! I will always miss you but you will forever be in my heart and mind.

I think this picture is from Ashley's graduation party and apologies I think we are all a little tipsy here but your smile is great and I wanted to share it

Amy Parker

January 25, 2021

I am deeply saddened by the loss of uncle Adolf. So lucky to have him as part of our family. May he rest in peace.
Love, Amy

Kathy Barton

January 24, 2021

I will never forget you. Yours was the traditional first batch of cookies that I made at Christmas, put in a special tin, so that you could have your own stash for the holidays. You always called to thank me and made me feel special. Your smile and love of family will stay in my heart forever.

Barbara Turner

January 24, 2021

Uncle Adolf will truly be missed. He was such a key part is our family. I feel so blessed to have had him in my life and he will live on in my memories.


Andrea Roessler

January 24, 2021

Dear Barbara and the entire Bahlkow family - I am so sorry to hear about Adolf, such a wonderful, kind man and what a sense of humor! I will always remember him fondly with memories of the Sudbury Historical Commission, especially at Christmas time.
May he now be enjoying as much home-made banana-walnut bread as he likes. With Love, Andrea Roessler

Valerie Bahlkow

January 24, 2021

Uncle A Will be fondly remembered for his kind and gentle heart, sense of humor and warmth. Anytime Lee and I wanted to visit, he and Aunt Barbara always made themselves available. They both always made me feel so welcome in their family. I am proud to have known him and feel sadness for his passing But I know he had a good life full of love. He will be missed.

Ashley P. Bahlkow

January 24, 2021

To our dearest Grandpa (with whom I share the initials APB) and Great Grandpa to C and S. We love you and always will. Your earthly presence is certainly missed. Family man that you are, I know you will be watching over me and all of your loving family.

Thank you for rescuing me from camp when I was 8! My my "stomach ache" (a.k.a. homesickness) faded the minute I saw you and then you took me to get ice cream at Friendly's on the way home :).

Lee Bahlkow

January 24, 2021

So many great memories of my uncle A.. first was always the crew cut! He was a man that took the time to reach out to me through letters and a phone call during tough times. I will cherish those times. He was a great role model of how a man should conduct himself. Between Henry and Adolf I was blessed to have great teacher's. He will be missed.